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Benton City Of West Richland Council Pos. 3

The City Council is the legislative body for the City. The Council adopts local laws (ordinances) to secure the safety and assist the well-being of the city residents, the city's physical environment and amenities, and the city economy. The Council is responsible for approving financial expenditures and adopting the city budget as well as establishing policies and regulations in order to guide the city's future. The elected mayor serves as chief administrative officer for the city.
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    Gail Brown (NP) Social Worker

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Biographical Information

What are the issues surrounding your city/town's infrastucture?

How do you think your city/town could best respond to homelessness?

What is your commitment to senior citizens?

How do you think your city/town should approach legal and illegal immigration issues?

What are other major issues facing your city or town?

Of those listed above, which one is the most urgent?

What methods will you use to work with the mayor (if you have an elected mayor) or the city manager or administrator(if you have an chief administrator hired by the council)?

Phone (509) 539-9981
Town where you live West Richland
Experience (300 characters max) I have served as a West Richland City Council Member for 20 years. I have been a resident of the city for 58 years. I have done volunteer work and have sat on numerous boards and committees throughout the community and am familiar with many of the services available in our community.
The city’s infrastructure is in good condition. Our sewer plant is built out to last over 10 years. With the new industrial waste plant, that processes the waste from the wineries and potentially for other industrial use, before being put through our municipal sewer plant our sewer facilities are in good shape. We continue to upgrade our wells, which is our primary source for portable water for the city. After several years of the area working to gain the Quad City Water rights, we also obtained water rights out of the Columbia River pumped through our connection with the City of Richland. Our water system is in good condition. We have successfully collected millions in road and infrastructure money that has built and overlaid our main artilleries. So those roads are in good condition. The one area that we are lagging in and is of concern is the lack of funding and ability to overlay and keep up the miles of residential roadways. The city will need to find an ongoing funding source to
With education and awareness. While homelessness is found throughout the Tri-Cities, Kennewick and Pasco see the majority and that is in part to the Union Gospel Mission being located in Pasco and more services for the homeless in those area. A few churches offer day time meals. Our various police department keep people moving along so those living in cars or camps move around to different locations. In the Tri-Cities I don’t feel our mainstream citizens realize the extent of our homeless situation.
I think we should be doing all we can for our seniors. Many of the homeless talked about above are our elderly. They worked and thought social security was going to be enough. Now retired they are living on what often is no more than 1000.00 minus their cost of medicare. They cannot live on their income and become homeless. The city is home to several older mobile home parks. Many of our poor elderly or disabled also reside there. That aside I would love to give our seniors a flashy new facility, but to be honest I think that our seniors love the facility they have and have made it theirs. It is an older facility, but I know the City’s Public Works Department works hard to keep it updated. They most recently had to redo the flooring after tree roots buckled the cement flooring.
I’m not sure how to answer this question. Right now, I don’t see our city dealing with any immigration issues. I believe this issue is much bigger than any of our individual cities. It is past time that our Federal Government takes on this issue. Kicking down the road isn’t working and people deserve and plan and action.
Lack of retail and sales tax.

Revitalization of Van Giesen Corridor and attempts to keep blight out of our older neighborhoods.

Lack of citizen involvement. We have a very low voter turnout and even have trouble filling seats on our various boards.
1. Lack of retail and sales tax. We are a growing city and property tax is limited and actually shrinks every year. 2. Lack of citizen involvement. Our biggest population is younger educated families. Our council needs to be made up of people that reflect our population. The ones using our parks and have kids in our schools, etc. I would like to see more involvement by our younger citizens. I don’t have kids in school anymore (well grandkids). I am capable of forward thinking, but I think our younger citizens may have different idea that need to be added. 3. Revitalization of Van Giesen and older neighborhoods. I grew up in this city so these neighborhoods are the neighborhoods I grew up in. I hate seeing them deteriorating. I am hoping new zoning in those areas will help revitalize the areas.
I have worked with several different mayors over the years. You need to approach them with respect and honesty and expect that in return. I have worked with mayors that have been much more open, upfront and honest about issues than others. I do think that it is getting time to put a change of government on the ballet. I believe that with a City Manager type of government the city would move in a more planned and consistent manor.

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