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Grays Harbor City Of Elma 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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  • Elroy Papke (NP)

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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 (360) 470-6002
Town where you live Elma
Experience (300 characters max) Elma City Council for eight years, Mayor Pro-tem for most of that time. Budget and Finance Committee, Tourism lodging tax committee chair, Business owner. Father of two teenagers, youth sports coach, Boy Scouts of America leader for over a decade, Eagle Scout. Church missionary in Italy two years
The biggest issues regarding infrastructure are the streets and storm drainage. Roads are very expensive to build and maintain. The city has a six year street plan that puts a priority on the most important projects and we apply for grants and matching funds from the state. These funds are getting more difficult to come by. I strive to find a balancing act between maintaining good infrastructure and using our tax dollars wisely. Another issue is our fire department is in a very old building and the fire bays need to be upgraded so that our vehicles will be able to respond in case of an emergency.
We live in a very small community with a limited number of resources. There are programs available like the food bank, Set Free, and the backpack program but I do not think it is the responsibility of the city to solve the homeless problem.
I support funding for the Senior Center and continue maintain a community where senior citizens feel comfortable and safe.
I think our city should follow state and federal law. I do not believe Elma should be a "Sanctuary City".
Financial issues are always a concern in our community. I strive to be a good steward of tax dollars that are spent here. Drugs are also a major issue. I support funding our Police Department and giving them the tools necessary to provide a safe community. Youth activities are important in giving our youth good productive activities to participate in. Elma is growing right now and I feel it should be done in a well thought out way.
I feel that Elma has not only survived the Great Recession but we have come out even stronger. The city is growing and I would like to continue that momentum even more with making wise decisions to help our city continue to grow.
I will continue to work with the Mayor to help Elma continue to grow and to thrive. The current administration has a great rapport and we are able to work together for the better of our community. I would like to see that continue.
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