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Langley Washington - The Village by the Sea
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Retired following a successful career as a senior level operations manager in the office furniture industry. Held Board and Treasurer position for a condo HOA and served in an advisory position for another. Currently serving as Langley City Council Member - Position 1.
o Storm Drainage: Langley is on a bluff and we must properly capture or redirect water runoff to prevent and minimize erosion.
o Sewer: Our sewer treatment center is currently operating at little more than half its capacity and some of the existing sewer lines need to be replaced.
o Walkways, Trails and Parks: Langley is a town that loves to walk. Adding or improving walkways and trails can promote health, safety and discovery while maintaining parks can encourage activity and reflection.
To support and encourage the use of…
o Island Church Soup Kitchen which provides a warm and nutritious meal.
o South Whidbey Commons which provides job training opportunities.
o HUB which provides a safe place for kids to go after school. It serves the families of working parents and ‘working homeless’ parents.
o Ryan’s House for Youth which provides emergency, short term and transitional housing for ages 12 – 24.
o A City representative working with the County on a large uniform response to issues facing the homeless.
o South Whidbey Homeless Coalition which provides transitional housing.
o Funding earmarked by the City to support the South Whidbey Homeless Coalition.
o State of Washington’s Housing and Essential Needs (HEN) and Medical Care Services (MCS) can provide essential services to those who unable to work and in danger of losing their home and preventing homelessness.
o Local business organized skills center and /or job fairs.
Island Senior Resources (ISR) provides a broad range of services to our senior citizens…but faces a growing demand for those services as our population continues to age. My commitment…
o I will be attending ISR’s annual event ‘Not Your Grandma’s Bingo’ on September 23rd!
o As a current City Council member, we approved – unanimously – increased funding to Island Senior Resources for 2018
o I support additional City funding in future years
o I encourage and support donations of cash and goods to ISR
o I have shopped and encourage shopping at ISR’s Thrift Store in Freeland
o I encourage volunteerism – especially from our younger population
The Langley City Council approved a resolution declaring the Village by the Sea as an inclusive city with respect to immigrants, refugees and peoples of all religions, race and ethnic background, gender and sexual preference. Enforcement of immigration laws are not the responsibility of Langley city government. They are a Federal matter.
o Available rental housing is almost non-existent in Langley. Creative solutions must be sought to provide additional density housing in proper zoning.
o Maintaining a stable local economy. Local businesses and the Chamber of Commerce require continued support to attract tourism and provide additional services for our residents.
Improving our infrastructure is most urgent to provide for the future of our community. If we expand our sewer system, we can protect the quality of our water and allow for expanded housing. If we improve our water drainage, we will protect our bluff along with the homes and businesses that rest on it. If we improve our network of sidewalks and trails, we will provide a healthy method of accessing our community and reduce fuel based transportation.
Langley Mayor, Tim Callison, makes himself readily available to residents – and the community surrounding our City – for discussion, response to concerns and clarity of initiatives. As a current City Council Member and resident of Langley, I am comfortable meeting with him to discuss solutions and collaborate on matters that best serve the community.
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--Chair, City of Langley Planning Advisory Board: Member, Jan. 2016-Present.
--Upper Langley, LLC: 2011-2015. Co-developer, project manager of 16-lot PUD affordable housing subdivision in Langley city limits.
1) We have a fantastic award-winning waste water treatment plant, but we also have aging sewer and water pipes. The challenge is the costliness associated with these repairs, coupled with already high utility costs; 2) We have the challenge that only 60% of our city residents are hooked up to city sewer and there is a great difference of opinion as to whether keeping the neighborhood currently on septic is better for the environment and bluff healthy vs moving the homes to sewer, as well as the cost burden of transitioning to homes on septic to sewer; 3) Emergency preparedness awareness needs to be strengthened; 4) We access our single source aquifer through three active wells, it is important to increase citizen participation in our City of Langley Utility Department's efforts to encourage water conservation.
The City of Langley contributes to the South Whidbey Homeless Coalition, and I support this. Additionally, as a member of the Planning Advisory Board we received a presentation from group of citizens who want to develop a tiny house community for low income people in Langley. I voted to move forward on the creation of an ordinance which would allow this project to move forward — the creation of multiple tiny houses to be built on one lot, with restrictions in place so that these dwelling units would be available to low income residents only. With this involvement, the City leads by example—a key role in addressing this problem because in the end only a multi-stakeholder approach can solve this issue. As a candidate for City Council, I have reached out to those in our community working on this issue so I can continue learn more about what the City might do to address this.
As a caregiver of a 91-year-old man in Langley, I respect the desire for independence and dignity of elders who would like to stay in their homes as long as possible. As a member of the Langley Planning Advisory Board, I supported the idea of including regulatory flexibility in our subdivision code, as a way for the City of Langley to make it easier for people to convert their larger single-family homes to include an in-house ADU (independent living area), so that our elders can perhaps have in-house support, or even rent part of their home so that they can stay in their home as long as possible. Our aging demographic gives us the opportunity to attract younger adults who want to serve and care for our seniors as they age in place. I am a supporter of health care services currently in Langley, many of which have an emphasis on holistic and integrative health care options. As a City Council member, I would favor exploring ways to attract new health care professionals to our community.
I support the Resolution 786 Declaring the City of Langley as an Inclusive City, including that which sates: “Langley's Police force will continue their policy of not inquiring about a person's immigration status or religion.” I respect our police force for having this policy. I believe that diversity is a sign of a healthy community and makes our community more dynamic and interesting. It is through community building and neighborliness that immigrants will feel safe and welcome. Relationship building is the underlying fabric of a safe and inclusive community. Interested citizens could partner with stakeholders (perhaps the city, churches, and/or non-profit organizations in our community) on educational events 1) to celebrate and highlight the cultural diversity we have in our community 2) an educational event or workshop that explores the issues that face immigrants and those who support them, such as a “know your rights” workshop.
When speaking with citizens, there are the concerns that I hear again and again: A shortage of rental housing and affordable rental housing; 2) Lack of what is commonly referred to as “work force housing” or homes for sale priced for the “missing middle” (those who are not “low income” but who also cannot afford the Langley median home sales price of $500,000; 3) High cost of sewer and water hook-up fees, (it costs almost $13,000 for a new home to connect to sewer and water); 5) Lack of families and adults under the age of 50; 4) Bringing visitors who arrive by boat in our marina up to the downtown commercial district.
Housing cost, rental shortage, our lack of young families are interlinked. Our vibrant, safe, walkable community is a prefect setting for increased inter-generationality in our village. Families and young adults bring vitality and new ideas to a community and economic research shows families contribute most to the local economy and have a high level of civic engagement. Age diversity brings balance to a community and there is much we can learn from one another. As a member of the Langley Planning Advisory Board, I have supported the exploration of ways that we can reduce fees and offer other regulatory flexibility in the subdivision code to reduce cost barriers in housing. I am committed to continuing to explore, support the implementation of ways that we can make Langley more family friendly.
My relationship with the mayor would be in context of the staff/ council structure as outlined in RCW 35A.11.020, wherein staff reports to the mayor and council sets policy that the staff in turn implement. I believe that honest, open, and transparent communication is always the best policy in any working relationship. I respect our mayor and he is a valuable resource as well as the liaison with staff. I am comfortable calling him or stopping into City Hall whenever I have questions or want his opinion or feedback on an issue, I would also be comfortable disagreeing with him when and if an issue comes up where our opinions differ.