Newport – Newport City Council interviewed two applicants to fill an open council seat at a special session on Monday.
Any member of the House of Representatives shall be the third person to hold that position after the last time he or she has voted in office. Former Councilor Aaron Colett resigned on October 5 with a Newport City engineer, and Coletto resigned as Newport’s chief legal adviser to fill the vacancy left by City Attorney David Allen.
Councilors have announced a vacancy after leaving Collet, which will be filled by a majority of the remaining councilors in the charter. Seat applications were accepted until November 3.
Prior to the November 8 interviews, city reporter Peggy Hawker said there were three applicants for the council, one of whom Sandra Rumagox left early on the weekend.
In an initial interview with the council, Casey Matinley described herself as an “active participant in feeding the homeless” and a “lawyer for the mentally ill.” She graduated from Newport High School and attended Lane Community College, where she worked as a fisherman, hovering equipment operator, writer, worker, bartender and waitress.
“I am the one who built this community, and I am proud and proud of my efforts,” wrote Mattley.
Mayor Dean Sauer asked her why she wanted to serve and what qualifications she would bring.
Matty says she has raised five children and now has time to serve her community.
“I think as a fourth-generation Newport native, I bring a lot of experience to the table with the relationships I have had in our community,” she said, particularly expressing her advocacy.
Councilor Dietmar Gobble asked what Martinley’s ideas were to make the city more efficient.
“The revenue generation is definitely at a high level so that the city can run smoothly,” she said. “Maybe the face you know in the council is not the faces you know, but someone with my age, my genre, my experience in the working class of our community.” She says she feels a little more comfortable talking to her and learning how to get involved in city administration.
Councilor Ryan Parker asked Matilyn what services she would reduce in light of the budget deficit that could result from food and gas taxes.
“I think there are many good ways to earn money without funding for programs,” she said, noting that boat charts can be paid to target visitors. She asked what kind of programs they had in mind to cut them off.
Parker said, for example, that next year there will be areas where police and fire departments have not yet received funding. Matty said she learns and learns from councilors as a counselor.
“I think that if I really understood what we were seeing here, I would have a better answer,” she said. I’m curious, I notice, I take it, I’m very clear, but I don’t want to pretend I know something I don’t know.
Councilor Cynthia Jacobs Martinine: “Do you have a philosophical difference with current city council goals?” She asked.
“I’m sure I have a difference of opinion,” she replied. However, that is the whole point of sitting down with the council and discussing these things, and I think in many cases, we feel that we believe in something in some way until we hear a different side of the debate.
She said she did not know of the council’s formal goals, but she had never heard of any philosophical differences in her community’s plans. “The most important thing, I think, is how we get there, how we get revenue to move this city forward,” Mattley said.
The president of the council asked Mattle what he thought of the council in the hall. “I have no background in any politics,” she says. “I’m not one of those parties.
Sauer asked her what the city should do to prepare for the future and what her vision was for the city.
“I really want to see something done in the homeless,” she said. “I think of cleaner conditions, and I’m not talking about the homeless, but painting the sidewalks and sidewalks.” She says it is important to provide affordable housing.
Following is an interview with Jan Kaplan, former director of Lincoln County Health and Human Services. In the application, Kaplan writes that he has 25 years of experience as a department head with three county governments and has served on the state’s Pacific Community Health District Board as well as local government committees.
Kaplan holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland. He was actively involved in the development of the Nai Beach Neighborhood Association and is currently its President.
Kaplan was asked the same questions as Mattingly.
He described the experience of working in government and his “recent” involvement in budgeting as criteria.
Let the city work efficiently. Kaplan said he wanted “more interaction between city officials and ordinary people.”
“At least I don’t know what I want to do now,” Kaplan said of the budget deficit and possible reductions. He said he would do research if appointed, and said he was familiar with the city’s budget, “There is no fat, and strategies are coming, but I may have to cut back, and I don’t have enough knowledge. Just try to figure that out.
Kaplan could not mention any philosophical differences with Council goals. He referred to the work of the neighboring association. “I’m not saying this is gone, but a lot can be done there,” he said, including promoting several neighborhood associations in the city.
In his vision, he said, “One of the key things that needs to be done is that the city needs to find a way to get more services, infrastructure, and government funding. Tasks, and if not, what you can do beyond that is limited. He said the improvement of communication will play an important role in this process.
“My vision for Newport is to find the sweet spot,” he said. “We want businesses, and that includes some short-term rentals, but to find that sweet spot that will keep the city active. How do we build a business without destroying neighborhoods? How do we build a neighborhood without destroying businesses?
The council will discuss the interview and vote at its regular meeting on November 15 at 6:00 pm, and the nominee will take the oath of office.