Cowlitz City Of Kalama Council Position #2
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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Sandra Macias-Hughes (NP)
City Councilman #2
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)?
Town where you live
Experience (300 characters max)
City Councilman since June 2017.
Check out my website www.sandramaciashughes for more information.
One of the main issues is the Storm Water Management system. The City of Kalama has had several flood events. In 2015 there was a flood which confirmed the need for action now. When I was appointed to the City Council in June I was assigned Public Works and Planning Commission. Immediately I started by meeting and listening to Public Works assessment of what could be done now to prepare for winter. Three areas were identified as prime trouble spots. To achieve our goals, we needed to work as a team with WSDOT on one project, with city staff to identify funding source on all three projects and the City Council/Mayor for awareness and approval of projects and then we needed to communicate all of this to the people as traffic could be interrupted. Two of the three projects have been successfully completed and will give us a major advantage this winter. One project is very complex and is in the process. We need to invest in a capital Storm Water Management project for a long-term solution.
Homelessness is not as obvious in Kalama as it is in other cities. I believe Kalama needs to continue the great work it does working with a variety of agencies, school, churches and police services.
I am a senior citizen, handicapped by bad knees and know many senior citizens, regardless of their mobility look to socialize and volunteer. Perhaps we could establish some programs like other cities have for seniors to have a location for socializing and a program for which they can volunteer their services.
I remember being in the audience of a council meeting listening to several people who felt strongly that “illegal people need to go home”. Then a long-time resident stood up and said, “my neighbor has lived here a long time, he is a good man, has a good family, works hard and I am working with him to help him become legal”. Immigration is a federal law. Cowlitz County is a Sanctuary County. Kalama has strong feelings on both sides of the issue. We are the town. We are representatives of many cultures.
Police and Public Safety Building, Downtown Economic Redevelopment, and Kalama Elementary, Middle and High School Building and/or Renovations.
Police and Public Safety Building
Communication and council meetings, partnering on issues and recommended solutions and championing projects that will prepare Kalama to meet the future needs and growth of the town.
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