Public Safety

Many Duvall citizens moved to this great city for its quality of life. A major component of maintaining and increasing our quality of life is keeping our neighborhoods safe.

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We are fortunate to live in one of the lowest crime cities in the state of Washington. I will continue working to ensure that our first responders have the resources they need to continue keeping our families safe. As a councilmember, I have asked tough questions about the use of overtime to cover deep staffing shortages, supported contracts that helped retain talent and encouraged the continued recruitment of officers to help the department stay fully staffed.

As Mayor, I will regularly assess the level of service and needs of our police department to make sure we are keeping pace with the needs of a demographically changing community and those that visit our community.

 

Parks & Open Spaces

As a small, compact city nestled amongst vast amounts of open space it is easy to overlook the importance of ensuring that our city plans for, builds and maintains the appropriate number of parks for our future.  In addition, I will ensure the maintenance of open space within our city limits.

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As Mayor, I will work with our community and city council to update the Parks, Trails and Open Space Plan, ensuring it reflects the needs of our community and provides a legacy future generations can be proud of. I will also work to identify and ask for community support to implement a sustainable funding source to build, operate and maintain our parks.

This includes ensuring our Parks Impact Fees are 100% in-line with the estimates of developing the amenities approved in the PTOS plan.

As a parent, I know firsthand the importance of having a variety of recreation options available to children as they grow and value the needs of all families in our community.

 

Economic Development

The City of Duvall successfully made it through the great recession, maintaining service levels and continuing to move the city forward in many areas. Over the past few years the relationship between the city and our business community has improved, but there is much more work to do both in town and throughout the Snoqualmie Valley.

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I will continue to support the efforts of groups like our local Chambers of Commerce and Savor Snoqualmie Valley. As Mayor, I wI’ll also push for the dedicated staffing necessary to support our existing businesses and attract new ones. As a councilmember I have been the strongest advocate for bringing an Economic Development Director on board and as Mayor it will be a top priority. I will continue my work to ensure our long term financial planning reflects that goal. An Economic Development Director can assist the Chamber with helping our existing businesses be successful, encourage new businesses that reflect community desire, streamline processes and implement a long term economic strategy to help us reach a state of true budget stability that doesn’t rely on new residential housing to help balance the budget.

 

Transparency and Accountability

We live in a small city that in many ways still operates as one. While we have made significant strides by increasing the transparency of City government through changes to our council committee structures, budget process, city hiring we still have work to do to ensure that reality and perception of a transparent government coincide to gain full trust of the community.

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Part of being accountable as a local government is conducting official business in full view of the public we serve. Accountability is not just being responsible with our tax dollars, it is being as open as possible with all city business.

There are many ways to achieve greater accountability, without putting undue burdens on staff or jeopardizing important legal proceedings.

As  Mayor, I will continue working with council and staff to identify areas of needed improvement and put forth policies and actions that achieve these goals.

 

Communicating with our residents

Over the past few years, the City has made some significant strides with improving communications with our residents, from the development of a new website to placing the audio of Planning Commission and Council meetings online, making the same meeting packets provided to council accessible to the public online, and the development of a robust social media program for both the Police department and Public Works.

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There is still more to do – I will continue to advocate for video recording all council meetings and posting them online. As Mayor, it will be done.

Additionally, the City would greatly benefit from the addition of a communications director to assist with – and increase – the amount of information produced for and shared with the public. Our staff is incredibly hard working and the addition of someone who can help them share information with the community about the work they are doing and actively solicit feedback would be a great benefit to both City staff and our community.

 

Growth

As Mayor, I will continue to put smart growth as a top priority and work to implement the communities vision as reflected in the Comprehensive Plan.

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The council approved 2015 Comprehensive Plan policies set a clear framework for how our community would like to see the City grow. During 2017 and 2018 the council and administration have made a commitment to develop and implement the related code updates, with much of the work already in process.

As Mayor Pro Tem I recently led the charge, and the Mayor brought forth, an emergency moratorium for residential development. This pause will help ensure that City staff can complete code updates from the 2015 Comprehensive Plan during the aggressive timeframe set forth and budgeted for by council.

The King, Snohomish and Pierce County region is expecting 1 million new residents by 2040, which leads to the question, “where will they all live”. The answer is everywhere – which can be very daunting for a small community like ours. It has been nearly 24 years since voters approved the state’s Growth Management Act and it is clear there are major components that aren’t working as intended.

Our community will continue to grow, but we must do it in a smart way. Most of the current development in the pipeline is a result of development agreements and vesting that occurred as long as 25 years ago. Thus, when those neighborhoods are developed, they will not be reflective of the policies and direction approved by the city council in the past ten years. This is not fair to our community.

As Mayor, I will bring forth recommended changes to our development agreements for residential projects and will continue my involvement in the regional boards and commissions charged with setting growth related policy.

 

Transportation

As my fellow Duvall residents can attest, transportation on Highway 203, Woodinville-Duvall Road and Novelty Hill during rush hour has increased significantly in recent years. This is due in large part to massive housing growth in Snohomish County. Additionally, the King County Roads fund has shrunk significantly resulting in a lack of road maintenance, let alone improvements. While there have been workgroups and studies as to how to “fix” the transportation challenges our region faces, there are many barriers to solving the problem.

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In Duvall, with just over 7,500 residents Highway 203 sees more than 6,000 cars – per day – come through our city from Snohomish County.

As Mayor I will continue to increase my involvement in the solving regional transportation issues, and support efforts to achieve the following:

  • Get the legislature to fully fund necessary capacity, flow and technology improvements on Highways 522 and 9, with the goal of decreasing diversion traffic on Highway 203 and King County Roads.
  • Increased access to transit with more reliable trip times for routes on Hwy 522 (*As a result of ST3 voter approval, rapid bus transit is on the way)
  • Increased service and reliability for bus routes leaving Duvall for Redmond, Bellevue and Seattle (*As a result of ST3 voter approval, this is on the way)
  • Develop cross-county bus connections between Duvall and Monroe to increase transit options for those living east of I-405.
  • Make changes to the GMA and require that counties and cities plan for transportation and funding based on where the housing is, where the jobs are and what roads are they most likely to use to get to and from.
  • Work with cities, counties, the Puget Sound Regional Council and legislators to bring forth a regional transportation funding model to address impact of the resulting increased transportation.