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2013 Election - Coulee Dam City Council, Position No. 3

Name: Duane Johnson

Age: 56

Family: Married. Four grown children, three daughters, one son; three grandsons; numerous wonderful nieces and nephews.

Occupation: Supervisor, Washington State DSHS Division of Vocational Rehabilitation; empowering people with disabilities to achieve a greater quality of life by obtaining and maintaining employment

Career/educational background: Supervisor of North-Central Washington DVR, 19 years. Counselor, director, administrator of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, 10 years. Small business owner.

Air Force veteran. Coulee Dam High School graduate. EWU bachelor of arts, social work. Heritage University master of education counseling and guidance.

• How should the city address economic development?

The town of Coulee Dam is in a “tri-county” area comprised of Okanogan, Douglas and Grant counties. We need to enhance our community partnerships and better identify our resources available to assist our community with economic development to include infrastructure enhancement, marketing for tourism, and investing in the social well being of our community from youth to elders.

• What should the city do about its wastewater treatment plant?

Careful planning and an invitation to community partners comprised from local cities to government (tribal, county, state and federal) needs to be more visible to collaboratively move forward with planning, funding and implementation of the wastewater treatment plant.

The cost of utilities has increased dramatically over the years.

It is important for the town council to continue to provide opportunities for community involvement and to report out regular progress updates.

• With Coulee Dam being divided between three counties, how can the city partner with the counties, surrounding cities and Colville tribe for the benefit of the community?

Communication, “open ears,” and a true willingness to partnership will make the difference over time.

The town of Coulee Dam needs to work as a cohesive team and meet on this and discuss next steps, of which I consider include the development of an “ad hoc” committee that is ongoing to develop the partnerships with the counties, cities and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation.

Name: Andrew Trader

Age: 39

Family: Wife and son

Occupation: Electrical engineer

Career/educational background: Work at Bureau of Reclamation – Grand Coulee; B.S. electrical engineering Purdue University Calumet

• How should the city address economic development?

Businesses should be granted space at costs below market. This would allow them to become established. In time, when customers are constant, the costs for space would be evaluated.

Towns like Coulee Dam need to work with new and small businesses in difficult times.

• What should the city do about its wastewater treatment plant?

I feel the city/town should continue with its already laid out plan. The estimate for the sewage plant offered from the town’s engineers Gray and Osborne is estimated at $5 million. The one proposed alternative is estimated at $10-11 million with an identical life and similar operating costs.

Additionally, the town’s plant allows use of a nearby trail. Of course, if rates do not increase, we could use the money to buy clothes pins to deal with unusual smells from the more expensive plant.

• With Coulee Dam being divided between three counties, how can the city partner with the counties, surrounding cities and Colville tribe for the benefit of the community?

Partnering is a tough subject. Since the area is remote, there is very little interest in the daily and long-term goals of Coulee Dam. Organizations have been created to deal with this, and personal interests continue to control decision making. Requests would need to be made to the representatives of the surrounding cities, counties and Colville tribe with diligence.

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