Serving my fourth term on the Maple Valley City Council (through 12-21-2019) I am continually honored and grateful for your support and confidence in me. I take pride in working with my fellow councilors and city staff to ensure Maple Valley has plans in place to improve our overburdened roads, continues to be financially sound, provides recreational opportunities, and is positioned to support economic growth and development.
These economic times have presented the Council with very real challenges.
The City Council is working hard to bring living wage jobs to Maple Valley and is focusing on training and technology jobs. As such we are supporting the Tahoma School District’s plans which include education beyond the usual high school curriculum. The City Council is supportive of these endeavors and is working to help facilitate this vision. The new high school with a Performing Arts Center, all located within the city limits is a welcome addition.
The community has told us in many ways that transportation and sports fields are high on your list of priorities. The $20 fee added to your vehicle license will continue to assure annual overlay projects are not neglected and our streets are maintained. We have an aggressive six year Transportation Improvement Plan and hope to secure grants to help defray the costs of this work as we continue to improve the road infrastructure in Maple Valley. We have awarded the construction contract for the Summit Ball Fields off 276th in the south end of the city adjacent to the new High School. These fields are much needed in our community and will be available for use in 2019. The Legacy Task Force has completed their work and development decisions will be before Council in the future. Another challenge we are addressing is the Lake Wilderness Golf Course. Our consultant has completed their study and given their report to the City Council. The need for additional parking at Lake Wilderness Park continues to challenge council. These are just some of the challenges ahead of us and I look forward to working with my fellow Council members to provide oversight, vision, and policy-setting guidance for Maple Valley.
Council Committee Appointments
- City Manager Evaluation Committee
- Council Retreat Committee
- King County Flood District Advisory Committee (Alternate)
- King County Landmarks Commission
- Public Safety Oversight Committee (Quarterly)
- Sound Cities Association Public Issues Committee (PIC) (Alternate)
- South County Area Transportation Board
- Tahoma School District Community Relations Committee (Alternate)