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Whatcom City Of Blaine Ward 3 Position 6

The city council sets the general policies of the city, which are implemented by the city manager and staff. One of council's main duties is the adoption of policies and the enactment of the city's annual budget. City council sets fiscal policies and approves all spending , whether for operations or capital items or public facility maintenance and improvements. The council also sets salaries for city employees.
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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 (360) 656-5125
Town where you live Blaine, WA
Experience (300 characters max) Twenty-five years with the federal government in planning, budgeting, proposal review, and project evaluation. Ten years of local government experience: Planning Commission, two terms on the Blaine City Council, and nine years on the Whatcom Transit Authority Board of Directors
Financing street, sidewalk, and trail repairs and improvements.

Maintaining the waste water treatment plant and paying off the construction bonds that paid for its construction. The treatment plant was financed through a series of grants and loans. The loans are backed by bonds that must be paid off. There are two sources of funds to pay off these bonds: monthly user charges and connection fees. The trick is to find a fair balance between these sources, a balance that allocates the burden fairly across existing users and assessments (connection fees) on new construction.
Building on the existing, very strong relationships between our private voluntary organizations, (including our chamber of commerce, local religious groups, the food bank, and the clothing bank). The Boys and Girls Club and the Senior Center also provide more specialized assistance.
As the Blaine member of the Whatcom County Transit Authority Board of Directors, I’ve arranged presentations at the Blaine Senior Center to get input as to senior’s transportation needs and to provide direct, hands-on training in how to use the Whatcom County bus system. On a personal level, my wife and I have been active regular supporters of the Senior Center, and our Meals on Wheels program.

Legal immigrants must be treated fairly and compassionately, in accordance with local and state law, with the understanding that some recent immigrants may need help in accessing local sources of assistance. In addition to the sources of assistance mentioned above, our public library is an active source of information that legal immigrants often need.

Most Illegal immigrants do not represent a security threat. Those that do represent a clear security threat should be dealt with by the appropriate federal authorities.

Given the many competing demands on our Law Enforcement Officers, enforcement of state and local laws concerning illegal immigrants that do not present a security threat should be a low priority.

Financing public safety. The cost of providing 24/7 coverage is already a substantial part of the City budget, and it’s rising more quickly than revenue. Over the next several years, Blaine must either reduce personnel levels for public safety, or to develop other sources of revenue to support a level of service adequate to provide safety for both our citizens and our officers.

A second major issue is how to use surplus capital assets (the former airport land) wisely to encourage equitable economic growth. The airport was decommissioned with the expectation of selling the land. In return, purchasers are expected to create substantial numbers of good jobs for our residents. For a variety of reasons, land sales have not occurred as quickly as expected. We should stay the course, continuing to search for purchasers that make a good fit with our needs and our values. I have been adamant in insisting that any proposed sale leads to a substantial number
The overarching issue is getting our financing on a robust, sustainable footing. We have a committed city staff, and a population known for its generosity and its willingness to volunteer. The city has been successful in competing for grants from State and Federal sources. We need to keep up this efforts, but doing so requires finding enough local money to provide matching funds that most grants require.

Our City Manager and senior city staff are highly talented and experienced. They have been unfailingly responsive to Council needs and guidance. I shall continue to work with them through frequent formal and informal communication. In addition to the regular meetings of the full council, there are special council committees that provide opportunities for less formal discussions on more complicated issues the city faces. I have been a member of the Finance Committee since its inception, and would continue to serve in this capacity. logo


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