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Meet the Candidates 2003 - Dick Kirby (Incumbent)
What do you feel are the three biggest issues facing Sno-qualmie?
1. Recent record rains remind us that flooding in downtown must remain a high priority. Floods have caused millions of dollars in damages in recent years. The 205 flood project will help, but we need to be constantly aware of flooding issues.
2. Money is a concern, there is never enough to meet all the needs. We need to manage the budget and keep the city solvent, set aside funds for the community center, provide a contingency reserve and money for a beginning fund balance. All goals we need to continue to work toward and accomplish by the end of the year.
3. Managing growth is another major issue - important questions must be discussed and put into priority: What is next? How do we decide? How do we pay for it? Who do we annex? Is a community center next, a municipal campus, a police expansion, a library, a roundabout? What do we need, what can we afford? These are all important issues facing us now.
When it comes to planning growth, what do you see as a vision for the city?
As a vision for the city I see six thriving retail and business areas in the city: The Ridge retail and business park, the Kimball Creek retail and business area, the Salish Lodge and convention center, the downtown retail and business area, the Meadowbrook area retail and business area and the Snoqualmie Tribal Casino. I envision large, environmentally friendly parking lots with pedestrians moving within the six areas easily by shuttles provided by business, metro and/or the city.
What would you do to bring business to the downtown core?
Business is coming to the downtown core. We have an expanded and remodeled building next to the post office, a newly constructed two-story building downtown, a remodeled Valley Record, plans for a new brew pub downtown, a historically restored Kritzer meat market, two new restaurants, a new car wash, the Quick Lube, a new latte stand, the Mexican store, the upgrading of most buildings in town and the recent purchase of the Red Apple Market. These additions are providing an attractive downtown corridor.
What will you do to bridge the division between historic downtown and the Ridge?
Soon we will have a small community of about 300 people on the plateau behind the Salish expansion. We will have a similarly sized new community with housing and retail in Kimball Creek Village across from the new fire station and 7,000 new people in Phase II. As Snoqualmie continues to grow we will need to continue to include all parts of the city in everything we do and increase communications with all regions of Snoqualmie.
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?
The kind of manager in Snoqualmie will somewhat depend on the mayor of Snoqualmie. If we have a mayor that is unable to devote as much time to the city as [Mayor] Fuzzy [Fletcher] and other mayors of the past, we may need to look at a change. If we select carefully, the new city manager could fill either role for the city.
What qualities make you the right candidate for the job?
I have been on the city council for six years and have a thorough understanding of the changes Snoqualmie has gone through in the past and present. I have lived in Snoqualmie for 30 years and bring a historical perspective to the council. Snoqualmie has long been my family's home and we are committed to staying and helping make it a great place for families to live.
If you want someone who will listen carefully to your concerns and represent you, if you want someone with time to be involved in city business, if you want Snoqualmie to continue to be a place we can all afford to live, you should vote for Dick Kirby, Position 2.