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Meet the candidates 2003 - Jeff Macnichols
What do you feel are the three biggest issues facing Sno-qualmie?
First, the city must establish a responsible fiscal plan that has an eye toward the long term. Our city's budget philosophy must ensure that revenues are invested so as to ensure that the level of service to our citizens remains at premium levels.
Second, energizing our local business district and promoting tourism are economic priorities that are necessary to boost city revenue and viability. The city should cultivate the economic assets it has in the form of local businesses and tourism.
Third, the city must strike a balance between growth and maintaining a small-town, family-friendly city. The city should continue to seek concessions from developers, and follow through on the promises it makes to the citizens when development is exchanged for money toward community facilities and parks.
When it comes to planning growth, what do you see as a vision for the city?
The essence of Snoqualmie is its beautiful, natural surroundings, its small-town charm, its responsibility to the environment, its commitment to a safe and enjoyable lifestyle for our families and its vitality and self-reliance.
Our long-term growth plan should incorporate these characteristics: (1) parks, ball fields and community facilities should be developed alongside new residential areas; (2) the city should encourage businesses that blend well with the small-town, historic charm of our city; and (3) development should not be at the expense of our environmental assets.
What would you do to bring business to the downtown core?
A) Implement the recommendations of the 202 Corridor Study. The study outlines recommendations for improvements to traffic flow, parking, signage and other recommendations. B) Promoting tourism. I strongly support the Lodging Tax Advisory Board's immediate creation to allow allocated funds to be spent toward boosting tourism in our city. C) Flood prevention. I support flood prevention measures that give confidence to outside investment in downtown properties and businesses. D) Business commission. I propose the formation of a business commission comprised of members of the local business community to discern local business issues and make recommendations to the council.
What will you do to bridge the division between historic downtown and the Ridge?
Many of my friends are parents of my child's friends. If we can find ways to bring our kids together, I believe that the adults in our community will forge friendships despite what neighborhood they live in. Building a phased and affordable Snoqualmie community center and pool and unifying the city's Little League would only serve to bring our town's families together. Additionally, bringing new faces, such as myself, to government who are not constrained by geographic interest and influence will set a tone in our city's government that geographic politics is not acceptable.
The City Council and city officials have discussed changing the makeup of Snoqualmie's governmental structure. Do you think the city should move to a city-manager or other form of government?
I support the proposed move to a city-manager form of government. I believe that the day-to-day issues that are better addressed by a full-time administrator should not encumber the mayor, whose position should largely be ceremonial.
What qualities make you the right candidate for the job?
I am the right candidate for the job because I not only identify the important issues, but I offer common sense solutions and a plan for success. I am a practicing courtroom attorney who has extensive experience working with local city governments. As a small business owner and partner in a successful law office, I effectively deal with complex issues on a daily basis and believe that I am an excellent negotiator. I believe that I am representative of a broad group of citizens who moved to Snoqualmie because they love the city as a whole.