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2013 Election - Elmer City mayor

Name: Mary Jo Carey

Age: 71

Family: Husband and daughter are both deceased.

Occupation: Retired

Career/educational background: Retired from National Parks Service; Mayor of Elmer City for 10 years.

• How should Elmer City address economic development?

It’s just a survival thing, basically. We would like to have some businesses, but right now nothing’s growing, so it’s really pretty difficult for your local, small towns to do anything.

• What should the city do with regard to wastewater treatment and the future of its partnership with the city of Coulee Dam?

We’re still working on that. We’re working with the Colville tribes.

We’re still in partnership with Coulee Dam and we’re still working on it.

We’re going to go with whatever’s most economical for quality and what we can afford.

The tribe has agreed to help us, but with the money situation the way it is right now, because of the budget and everything, my feeling on it is that we have to stay within what our residents can afford to pay.

We’ve had real good success with the tribe. They’ve really come through and offered to help us.

• What is one of the most important issues the city needs to address and what specific steps would you take to address it?

Right now we’re looking at a contract with the tribal police because we were without police protection for several years. Now we have been able to come up with police protection that we haven’t had for several years. That’s something we’ve been able to accomplish.

Another is that we were able to enlarge our water system to help our communities and we’re working on the streets.

We would like to be able to get some new businesses started. That is a goal, too.

Name: Gail Morin

Age: 73

Family: My husband Bernie Morin (deceased) and I moved to our current address in 1965 and raised our sons Mike Morin and Bob Morin.

Occupation: Teacher: 1964-65 at Almira School District, 1965-1967 at Nespelem School District, 1974-1997 retired at the Grand Coulee Dam School District; Elmer City Council member from 1984-2007 and 2013

Career/educational background: B.A. education, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, 1964

• How should Elmer City address economic development?

Elmer City’s land base is limited, but the town will continue to encourage economic development by providing affordable services.

• What should the city do with regard to wastewater treatment and the future of its partnership with the city of Coulee Dam?

A true partnership in any agreement and/or project requires the participation of both towns. The 1974 agreement between Coulee Dam and Elmer City has not been scrutinized for several years.

Wastewater treatment maintenance expenses are required to be separate from sewer operation maintenance expenses.

There is currently no clear separation of those expenditures by Coulee Dam. Elmer City cannot continue supporting Coulee Dam’s sewer operation.

There have been gradual and occasionally abrupt increases in obvious and unexplained wage allocations in 2010 and several other questionable billings.

Elmer City will look for a more reasonably priced method of wastewater treatment.

• What is one of the most important issues the city needs to address and what specific steps would you take to address it?

The income and costs for providing services are difficult to track without a one-page summary of the budgeted income/expenditures, monthly and year-to-date income/expenditures and projected year’s end balances of every BARS account, including the city’s checking and investment accounts. We need to return to that method of informing the town council.

Elmer City currently offers garbage services to the residents for a two can or larger weekly pickup. There should be an immediate addition to the city ordinance to provide the options of a one can and/or a mini can. Not everyone requires the larger and more expensive alternatives.

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