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Pierce City Of Sumner Council Pos. 1

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    Ronald (Ron) Haines (NP) Retired Business Owner

  • Melony Pederson (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)?

Phone (206) 678-2714
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Town where you live Sumner Wa.
Experience (300 characters max) Sitting Chairman of the Sumner Planning Commission, President of Exodus Housing Board, Retired business owner, Rotary Member, Veteran USAF, Active Advisory Board Member - Sumner High School - Bates Tech - White River High School, Daffodil Parade Volunteer, Beyond the Walls Non Profit Board Member
1.One of the issue is the ageing of most of the support staff with in the city. Many of these staff members are reaching the retirement age. Unfortunately the knowledge and background of all the operating systems in the City will go with then when they retire. This will cause major issues if we don't move forward with an expedited replacement process to gather and pass along that vital information. 2. The 410 interchange of mass confusion is also and issue that is being worked on by Council with the addition of the parking garage for the train commuters. The Council must stand firm to assure the entire project including the 410 interchange keeps moving forward. 3. The timing of traffic lights through out town would help mitigate some of the back ups and congestion issues our residents face daily. I would like to take a look at this issue to review possible outcome scenarios 4. Review public transit with in the City. Get people from one side of town to the other without cars.
The homeless population is growing, and all Cities must get involved in a solution to the issue assistance to these folks.  I don't believe any one City has the power, or funding to make the difference in this issue that is required.  I would hole heartedly support regional involvement to help correct the issue and provide additional ideas.  If a City the size of Seattle is struggling with all of their resources Sumner would have little to no impact on even the local homeless folks.  By combining several City's the use of funding and resources will not adversely effect the day to day operation of the individual city as well as form a partnership holding each other accountable for their portion of the anticipated results.  Through this cooperation the situation may somewhat be mitigated. I don't believe it will ever be totally removed from out current society but, Sumner is currently working on provisions for "Homeless Encampments" which is being voted on by City Council currently. 
I worked many years building and designing retirement communities all over the United States. At one time we were responsible for some nine thousand (9,000) apartments that supported the senior communities. Our communities are still the leaders in the industry today. The Merrill Gardens / Pillar Properties are among the top senior living apartments catering to the needs of the seniors. I helped develop these programs and believe in them 100%. The population of all cities is ageing in place. We must be able to support the seniors in activities, food, and services. I will do anything in my power to adopt and move any legislation forward to assist this country's most valuable resource "OUR SENIORS". I have had discussions with several of the leading senior community developers about moving forward with a development in Sumner similar to the property opened in March in Auburn. This would provide a safe, stable environment for our seniors keeping them in familiar surroundings
Unfortunately until the Federal Government provides clear and concise guidelines for our local law enforcement, I believe their hands are pretty much tied to no action. If there is a direct violation of Federal Statute or City, State laws then the person (s) would be subject to the same penalties as anyone else. If the offender entered the US illegally and is not currently trying to obtain residency or citizenship, or following the laws of the land they should be deported back to their original countries. There are stories circulating that some judges in other countries purchase tickets for their criminals to anywhere they want to go just to have them out of their own country. We must take a closer look at the people that are currently trying to follow the laws and regulation to become citizens and assist them in making the transition to Citizens of the United States. Our country depends on and has been built on immigration for many years, we must keep it moving with the times.
1. Development of single family housing / affordable housing. Homes in Sumner are in very high demand there is not much inventory to handle the need / desire. Homes are sold the day they are listed with multiple offers of over asking price. Review City requirements that make it plausible for developers to build in Sumner. 2. Expanding the parks and trail systems with in the city. Assure they are safe and secure so they can be utilized by all for their intended purpose. Review adding a water park for the "little citizens" of town. This would provide a great use of park land already maintained by the City 3. Work with the Senior Center to provide additional services and assistance to our Senior population. 4. Traffic congestion is a major complaint from our citizens. Review possible ways to alleviate or change traffic pattern to move traffic to reduce the impact on the City. 5. Vandalism / graffiti Provide assistance to property owners to quickly eradicate this visual bligh
I would move traffic congestion to the top of the list. Some of the congestion will be remedied with the 410 interchange rebuild by Sound Transit and the City of Sumner. But the side streets and neighbor traffic seems to be the biggest obstacle and complaint from the residence view point. The City cannot progress if we can not travel the streets without the massive congestion that currently plagues the City. The City needs some help in preforming a study to determine how best to divert traffic and stop it from utilizing the neighborhood streets as a shortcut to some where else. The addition of all the homes in the Trilogy Community will only add to this issue. I believe the time is now to act and develop a plan that will help the citizens and commuters alike come to the desired outcome. The commuters need to move from point A to point B and the residents deserve peace and quiet to enjoy their home and community with out the obstruction of the massive traffic we current have.
I have attended most Council Meetings and Council Work Sessions for the past 4 years, being a retired business owner in Sumner (NAPA Auto Parts) I have been dealing with the City on a professional level for quite a while. I enjoy a great working relationship with the current Mayor as well as the incoming Mayor. The City Manager and I have worked on several projects and have a mutual respect for each other. Knowing all of the current City Council Members and well as all the hopeful candidates provides me the unique opportunity to work with them in a group setting or in a one on one setting. I have worked with the entire City Staff on many projects and enjoy friendship with many. I would not hesitate to call on anyone in the City to discuss and issue or complaint when received. The City Manager and Mayor would hopefully meet on a regular basis to discuss issues before the council. I believe in working towards the common good and being a great steward of the publics trust and funds.
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