Accomplishments

  • Increased police patrols in our neighborhoods within the existing budget.
  • Increased parks maintenance within the existing budget.
  • Maintained more than $3.5 million in cumulative reserves (AKA the “rainy day” fund).
  • Introduced the concept of an annual “visioning session” with City Councilmembers to identify common goals and priorities for the year.
  • At the first visioning session, I initiated the movement to change the liquor-by-the-drink prohibition on Regents Blvd. I partnered with Councilmember Medley to persuade the Legislature to change a Prohibition-era state law in order to protect existing businesses with liquor licenses (golf course, tap room, restaurants).
  • Helped write the zoning code to provide more options for dining establishments while balancing the need to protect the integrity of the surrounding residential neighborhoods.
  • Worked with the parks director to win a state grant to replace the 40-year-old fence around the Tot Lot and one of the main play structures (we just got the contract from the state in October, so the work will be done this fall/winter). It’s our first state RCO grant in a number of years.
  • Joined with the City of University Place to win a grant that will soon revamp the Mildred Street commercial corridor, which will boost its opportunities for redevelopment.
  • Pushed to expand the pool season into September weekends, when it’s still warm.
  • Pushed to change the weekend swim sessions so that we stopped closing the pool for an hour at 4:30 — the hottest time of day!
  • Persuaded the Council to hold one meeting each August at the Rec Center, since dozens of our residents can usually be found there on summer evenings.
  • Pushed to increase the number of Town Topics newsletters to residents from three a year to six.
  • Waited until prices dropped and then supported switching streetlights to LEDs, which saves money in the long run and improves security with better lighting.
  • Supported the city’s ongoing program to replace old sewer pipes through a more cost-effective “pipe-bursting” method that has saved Fircrest residents millions of dollars (the program is funded through a low-cost loan from the state).
  • Performed volunteer clean-up work at Masko Park on Parks Appreciation Day, and volunteered at Thelma Gilmur Park with a UP Presbyterian team on the 2015 Day of Compassion.
  • Regularly volunteer with the Kiwanis Club of Fircrest at various city events, including the Haunted Trails, Fun Days, the Easter Egg Hunt, and more.