Candidates for Duvall City Council
October 2, 2008 · Updated 3:22 PM
The City of Duvall has two council seats up for election, in
Positions 2 and 4. In the General Election on Nov. 2, incumbent
Jeane Baldwin will face Diane Salz for Position 2; and incumbent
Mark Cole will go against Beckie Ish for Position 4.
In preparation for the General Election, the Snoqualmie
Valley Record contacted the candidates and asked them to respond to
the following four questions:
Why are you running for the Duvall City Council?
What background and experience will you bring to the
council and how will they benefit the residents of Duvall?
What are the top three issues facing Duvall?
How do you plan to address and solve these issues?
The following are the responses from the candidates:
I am running for the Duvall City Council because I enjoy the
challenges. I have served 2 1/2 terms on the council, six years on the
Civil Service Commission and as the president of the Cherry Garden
The three top issues facing Duvall are sewers, traffic on
State Route 203 and activities for youth. Sewers are a budget problem,
traffic will be partially solved by two new traffic lights and I will
continue with the Lower Snoqualmie Valley Youth advocacy group and push
for a skate park.
Why am I running for City Council? I am on the planning
want to make a difference in Duvall. I am also a board
member for the Chamber and can see their frustrations.
The top issues facing Duvall are Cascade Water
District, the sewer system and economic growth. The issues at hand are
not easy ones to fix. Sooner or later we will have to go to a new water
district and come up with some money and maybe work off our
existing wells. It would be nice to have a developer or someone to pay to
update our sewer system, but until we get it analyzed, we don't know
the cost. Economic growth is on a good start as long as we don't lose the
old-town look. Which brings the people to live and shop in the city of Duvall.
To help ensure a sound future for my family and to utilize my skills
and talents for the enrichment of the city of Duvall is why I seek a seat on
the City Council.
I manage a business in Duvall and I am active in community
concerns and events. This allows me to listen to the "voice" of Duvall and its
people. Through my enthusiasm and energy, the interests of the citizens of
Duvall will be heard.
Growth, infrastructure and community are the top three issues
facing Duvall. Realized growth can only be balanced with sensible
infrastructure and both cannot be weighed equally without community awareness for
the future of Duvall.
My wife and I enjoy the hometown rural lifestyle Duvall has to offer.
In the 3 1/2 years we have lived here, we have seen a tremendous amount
of residential growth. As a current councilman, I feel the city must
guide growth in a direction that preserves Duvall's character and will
continue working toward setting policies, which accomplishes this objective.
I am a professional engineer with a degree in civil engineering.
Having over 20 years' experience as a design consultant working in municipal
public works has given me an in-depth understanding of municipal
capital improvements programs and finance. This knowledge provides a unique
and beneficial perspective that compliments the background and talents
of the other councilmembers. As current councilman, I serve on the
streets, water service, storm drainage and wastewater treatment plant
committees as well as the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum, a voice within the
regional effort to protect our salmon and fish habitat.
The top three issues facing Duvall are managing future growth,
providing for economic development and maintaining efficient, economical
service to our citizens.
How do I plan to address and solve these issues? Managing
Future Growth: Duvall will continue to see high growth rates. To
effectively manage this, we must plan for future growth by adequately
identifying all impacts which future development will impose on city
services. This planning will allow mitigation fees and other policies to be
established to ensure adequate services for current and future citizens.
Providing for economic development: A healthy community
is one in which there is a clear vision of economical development
goals. For Duvall, I feel our priorities must be twofold. In attracting new
business, we must ensure efficient use of the undeveloped commercial
areas as well as enhance the city's "old-town" business district.
Economic development polices must be not be single focused, but
rather, develop a structured plan that can accomplish both.
Maintaining efficient, economical service to our citizens:
Duvall faces many challenges in providing reliable, economical service such
as water, sewer, etc. This was most recently witnessed by the
emergency moratorium imposed because of inadequate sewer treatment plant
capacity. Identifying an economical method for the future purchase
and distribution of water service will also present difficulties. Duvall
has some tough decisions ahead and greater emphasis must be
placed upon planning, budgeting and implementing improvements
to avoid similar situations in the future.