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Pierce City Of Fircrest Council Pos. 6

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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    Gerald W. (Jerry) Jackson (NP) Retired

  • Dennis Waltier (NP)

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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)?

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Phone (253) 691-5766
Town where you live Fircrest
Experience (300 characters max) Retired North American Sales Manager for a major international company. Retired Naval Aviator. Former small business owner. Current President of a military organization.
Current major issues include an acceptable resolution of the pool/recreation center. Solutions are presently being sought but the outcome will be a function of affordability as determined by the community in concert with the city.
Homelessness is not a Fircrest problem only. Regional solutions to include surrounding municipalities, social entities, and police departments partnering for optimum results.
Many residents were once the young starter families in Fircrest - now seniors. Issues affecting seniors include keeping a tax base that is affordable, keeping and expanding recreation center opportunities where popular, and finding means to economically maintain residential units many of which are early 20th century.
Immigration is a Federal issue and should be supported accordingly.
Philosophy: Having walked the length and breadth of Fircrest, resident opinions regarding Fircrest are varied. Many want to retain Fircrest as the charming community that existed last century. That can be done with a caveat. Fircrest needs to embrace the 21st century and the technological tools that are available today. For example, we need a continuing structured maintenance schedule for items such as sidewalks, traffic control in the older part of the city, and water control. Ready access on demand for information vital to the council/city manager interface is a must.
Many issues can be managed in parallel. The most urgent is the pool which is philosophical as well as financial. Do we retain a similar facility for its utility and representation as a historical benchmark in the City of Fircrest? Decisions are to be made but time is of the essence. Swimming season(s) will be lost as a function of delays and lack of leadership towards an optimum and timely result.
I can work readily with most people as long as their agenda is not personal and addresses issues and solutions which are in the best interest of the city. Good communication which is concise and timely is the key between all parties.
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