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Candidate Question: Community Support

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The Liberty Lake Gazette asked all 10 candidates the following question at the same time via email. The candidate responses are in the order they replied. Click on a candidate name to view their full profile.

This question came from a Liberty Lake Gazette reader.

Other than your civic meeting obligation, how are you an active supporter for our community?

Tom Stanley

For the past 4 years I have been a board member for the local little league baseball organization. I have also coached for the last 5 seasons. My coaching belief is teaching kids how to win with grace and lose with grace. That preparation and effort is the key to success. This past year I served on the Parks and Arts commission. That commission was Instrumental in various projects throughout Liberty Lake.

I believe that we should make our community better by helping where we are able. I have done this through volunteering at the Spokane Ronald Mcdonald House and habitat for humanity. I am blessed to live in Liberty Lake, I want to bless others by volunteering and giving back to my community, as well as surrounding communities

I also actively support the Liberty lake community by shopping at the farmers market, eating at local restaurants, utilizing the trails and parks with my family. I’m a member of the LL athletic club and occasionally have the pleasure of golfing in our local golf courses.

Other than your civic meeting obligation, how are you an active supporter for our community?

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Phil Folyer

I am currently the chairman of the Liberty Lake Planning Commission, which is voted upon by all fellow commissioners. I was appointed to the planning commission Jan 2018. This year to date the planning commission has held 14 Public Hearings.

My wife & I love this city; we make local purchases whenever possible. We are frequent users of area restaurants, home improvement stores, automotive shops, banks & grocery stores. We also support several fundraisers that are related to the schools and school sports in our district.

I have been involved with the Spokane Home Builders Association fund raising efforts for many years to support various community efforts thru-out the area. In 2008, I built and sold a home with all proceeds going to the Children’s Miracle Network.

I have been involved with my HOA events as well. Event support, coordination and speeding awareness just to name a few.

I look forward to the next chapter of community involvement as your City Council member position #1.

Other than your civic meeting obligation, how are you an active supporter for our community?

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Holly Woodruff

First, I want to say that the reason I moved to Liberty Lake is to be close to my daughter and her family. Time with them is precious! Two of my five grandsons live here and I want a bright future for our city for them. I don’t currently serve on City Council, but I attend most of the Council meetings and the workshops prior to them as a citizen. I began attending the Council meetings a couple of months after moving here. I serve on the Liberty Lake Salary Commission, and while we aren’t active now, we met weekly for nearly 4 months in early 2019 to gather and review data to determine if the salaries for the mayor and council positions should be changed. It was that time on the Salary Commission that solidified my desire to run for Council. I was recruited for the Friends of the Liberty Lake Municipal Library by Pat Lutzenberger at the first City Council meeting I attended in fall 2017, went to my first Friends meeting in November 2017, and soon became the Facebook and Web page master, monthly Silent Auction steward, and maker of the name tags. I have the honor of being the President of the Friends since January of this year. The Friends’ activities keep me busy! I attend as many of the Library Board of Trustees meetings and other city commission meetings, special meetings and public hearings as I can, because I want to be an informed citizen. I attend and support community events like Barefoot in the Park. I shop local as much as I can. Shopping local is the best way we can support our community! All my dog stuff comes from Pawpular Companions, the best pet store ever! I love Yoke’s but will also go to Safeway for grocery needs. I am at the Farmers Market most Saturday mornings supporting local vendors. Just Chillin’ is where we go for frozen yogurt. My eye doctor is in Liberty Lake. I go to a local gym. We don’t eat out much but when we do, we love to go to local and locally owned restaurants. We love Liberty Lake Wine Cellars and Trailbreaker Cider, and we’re looking forward to trying the brewery as well as the Pentagon when it opens in the old Corkhouse site. Recently I’ve attended the dedications of the Selkirk Middle School and the StoryWalk in Rocky Hill Park. I love Liberty Lake and want to see it continue to thrive, which is why I stay engaged and shop local. If I may, I want to give our Liberty Lake Library a big shout out as the best library around! There is always something fun and educational happening there. Please visit if you haven’t already. Our Library is truly the heart of our community! Thank you for the opportunity to respond to this question.

Other than your civic meeting obligation, how are you an active supporter for our community?

Shane Brickner

I do everything I can to actively support our community:

  • I have dedicated my time and service to Liberty Lake as a volunteer police officer for over 12 years. In my role, I have also been involved with the Spokane County Opioid Task Force, and Spokane County Mental Health Task Force – Drop the Stigma.
  • I spend almost every Saturday at the city booth of the Farmers’ Market to listen to the concerns of our community.
  • I attend, support, and volunteer at many of our community events, and local non-profit events.
  • My family and I frequent our local businesses as much as possible. Everything from dining out at our local restaurants, holding meetings with constituents at our local coffee shops, having memberships at our local gyms, buying our pet food at Pawpular Companions, and purchasing our family vehicle at a local car dealership.
  • I helped start our local Little League Baseball league, and was League President for about four years.
  • I founded a Griefshare program with two churches, to help friends and neighbors struggling with the loss of loved ones.
  • As a result of my dedication to this community, I have been honored to receive the Volunteer of the Year Award from LLPD multiple years, and the Everyday Heroes Award from Pacific Northwest District Kiwanis.

Other than your civic meeting obligation, how are you an active supporter for our community?

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Annie Kurtz

I believe that our community extends beyond the borders of our city. I look at our community as an ecosystem and see a number of communities to address with this question—my neighborhood, Liberty Lake, and the greater Spokane area. As a family, we are a part of these communities and I have been active in them all in different ways. It is important to remember that community is also not always where you are, but where you are from.

In my neighborhood I was the chair of our HOA Advisory Committee for five years. During this time, our group brought the tradition of community events to our neighborhood. We brought the voice of the residents to the Board, made recommendations for changes, and brought some life and energy to a neighborhood where it had been diminished before.

My family and I enjoy the great activities that Liberty Lake has to offer. You’ll see us at the Farmer’s Market enjoying lunch, fresh fruit, and treats and often at Home Depot running in for a quick something. You’ll see my four year old and I every week at Ding How for lunch and out with my 8 year old at Starbucks for breakfast before late start. You’ll see us at Wake Up Call getting cake pops to celebrate something simple like the first day of school. You’ll see me volunteering each week in my daughters classroom. You’ll see us enjoying the parks in the summer and checking out stacks of books from the library each week. Our doctors, optometrists, dentists, hairdressers, and childcare are all here in Liberty Lake and we shop locally not only at our grocery stores, but also at restaurants and other businesses.

The things I do are unassuming and often very simple. Sewing covers and inserts for the sensory room at Liberty Creek Elementary last year with other moms, shoveling walks and driveways for neighbors I know and some I don’t in the winter, anonymously paying for meals for people at restaurants, anonymously paying for a month of childcare for a coworker so his wife could rest during the day after chemo, donating breastmilk to babies and mothers in the community, helping with Field Day at school, donating books and items requested by the Friends of Liberty Lake Library, donating fabric to a group who sews blankets for NICU and foster children, and being an active member of our local Buy Nothing group.

I spent nearly 15 years working with or on behalf of vulnerable kids. In the past, I contributed my time to the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery as a member of the Fund Development Committee and donated my time to photograph the Pumpkin Ball. As a family, we contributed financially to the nursery consistently and through purchasing their most needed items on their wish list one summer. I appreciate the mission of Graceson House and we have contributed to support mothers and children in our community. We have always enjoyed the ability to select names from giving trees during the holiday season and purchase gifts for children in our community—particularly foster children. Recently, I learned of volunteer program to help infants who are suffering from drug withdrawls, and I am humbled to have been selected to be a part of this program.

We donate to The Hope Project in my husbands hometown in Montana because the organization was important to his mother and it supports people in the community where my husband came from—our roots. We donate monthly to the Lupus Foundation in honor of a good friend who suffers from this illness. Having seen the impact that food scarcity can have on children and families as a social worker, we donate to Second Harvest to further their mission. I delivered meals with my dad on Thanksgiving for several years in high school with Meals on Wheels and found it bittersweet to see grateful faces who were spending a family holiday alone, and we continue to donate to this valuable community service.
I joined the PTO last year to help support my daughters school and am a part of the PTO at her new school this year. It is beautiful to see so many talented women who care so deeply about the school their kids attend.

My colors for my campaign signs are blue and orange. Two years ago my friend and coworker’s son was shot and killed at Freeman. The symbol for gun violence prevention is orange. I intentionally and quietly picked orange as a campaign color in memory of Sam and in support of his mother.

We offer money and time to organizations and people, but we do those things quietly and with intention because it is meaningful, not because we want to be noticed. I believe that community support is not always grand gestures, but is often humble, genuine, and makes a measurable difference to those you help and support if done with purpose.

Other than your civic meeting obligation, how are you an active supporter for our community?

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Cris Kaminskas

The actual minimum requirements for a Liberty Lake Council Member is attendance at the twice-monthly meetings from 7-10pm and the occasional special meeting. Not including special meetings, this is 6 hours a month at the most plus prep time (the 6-7pm workshops are not required).

Keeping this in mind, consider that I actually spend 70 hours a month, on average, on council activities. I have spent 4 hours almost every Saturday from mid-May through mid-October for the last 4 years interacting with residents at the City’s booth at the Farmer’s Market and other City events. I have taken over 65 hours of my personal vacation time off work this year alone to attend conferences and local meetings or events to better educate myself to serve and represent this community in the best way possible. I have also earned both my Certificate of Municipal Leadership and my Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities. City Council should not be just a “6 hours plus prep time” job.

In addition to all the time spent on council activities, I serve on the Steering Committee for Spokane Valley Young Life, a faith-based organization whose mission is to introduce middle-school and high-school students to Jesus Christ and to help them grow in their faith. I have been involved with Young Life for over 25 years.

I was involved with youth sports when our son was younger (Valley Youth Soccer Coach and East Side Little League). I also volunteer each year at HoopFest, and at the occasional trail, road, or bike race directing participants.

In 2016, I was elected to be the Republican Party Precinct Committee Officer for precinct 4300, having won that election by over 54%. I later stepped down from that position because I could not, in good faith, stand behind certain Republicans in office at that time.

Other than your civic meeting obligation, how are you an active supporter for our community?

I have been involved in Kiwanis (Charter Member) , Lions Club (15 Years) Rotary (Raising money for the Liberty Lake Soap Box Derby with Mayors Eggs), Friends of the Library – Lifetime Membership, HUB (360 guest speaker and provided $5000 for the capital fund to purchase the building), Farmers Market (Crepe Café co-founder), Liberty Lake Library Foundation, and Boy Scouts (Golden Eagle supporter) just to name a few!

Other than your civic meeting obligation, how are you an active supporter for our community?

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DG Garcia

• Adoption of the Guide to Acronyms and Abbreviations/Glossary of Common Terms

On July 5, 2017, I saw the need to include information that would aid in the community’s understanding of terms and abbreviations often used in the discussion of the people’s business at city hall. I developed a comprehensive Guide to Acronyms and Abbreviations/Glossary of Common Terms and proposed its inclusion for use on the city website as an administrative tool for the general public. After consideration by decision-makers, on July 21, 2017, the Guide to Acronyms and Abbreviations/Glossary of Common Terms was accepted, and posted for use on the City of Liberty Lake’s website. It remains a frequent source of information.

• Resolution No. 18-233 – Regarding participation in the National Flood Insurance
Program (NFIP)

What led to the passage of the resolution?

I witnessed the devastation on my extended family during Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana in 2005, and then again, when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico—September 2017.

I realized that Liberty Lake, although a low-risk community, could be faced with the challenges of rebuilding or restructuring after suffering catastrophic damage from the wrath of a hurricane.

My insurance company advised me that Liberty Lake was not a participant in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), and my request to buy flood insurance—denied—became a problem for me. I knew it would be a problem for the community as a whole, should a catastrophic event occur.

I facilitated the conversation regarding the possibility of inclusion in the NFIP at an open and public city council meeting. I contacted Lynn Schmidt, the statewide flood engineer working for the Washington Department of Ecology, in Spokane. Lynn agreed and joined me to address the mayor and council. Engaging in the discussion, with support from Lynn, I asked the mayor and council to focused on the importance of protecting our community and asked them to support efforts to adopt a resolution and ordinance where the city would participate in the partnership by joining the NFIP.

My efforts were instrumental in the passage of Resolution No. 18-233 – regarding participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), on January 2, 2018. Our town is one step closer to adopting an ordinance, currently underway, to provide the entire package of flood protection needed for those wanting to purchase—the peace of mind solution.

Information to consider – Washington state is considered a low-risk area yet it has over 323 communities protected under the program, including Spokane and Spokane Valley—Post Falls, Idaho, is also a participant of the program. However, twenty-percent of all flooding will impact low-risk areas—which areas would be affected are unknown and there is no desire to witness a catastrophic events impact on our community.

However, only property owners in participating communities are allowed to purchase flood insurance. The NFIP requires participating jurisdictions to implement floodplain management regulations that reduce flood damage, and it is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). (FEMA Pacific Northwest Regional Office, Bothell, Washington, February 2006)

• Seniors and Veterans—growing in and with my community

Once a month, I meet with senior residents on what some consider their most pressing issues. We have lunch and socialize while discussing ways they can better connect with their peers. Establishing a full-fledged active center for their combined recreation is vital to the majority of
them.

It is as important as the discussions people are having about establishing a dog park for their four-legged companions. The gathering place where shared communication is what holds them together—extends their abilities and enhances their quality of life.

Building a center in Liberty Lake is not a want for many in our senior community; it is a need. And it is what building the Liberty Lake legacy is all about—the way we treat our aging says a lot about how our young will learn to treat us. I intend to continue the conversations as I gather
support for concrete solutions to establish a place called theirs—right here in Liberty Lake.

• Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library like other educational and giving organizations define as its mission, in part, one that “…[E]nriches and advances the intellectual, cultural, and creative vitality of our extended community…”

This strong statement illustrates why I am confident in my support of the Library. Friends of the Library stands as a resource for inclusion, learning, and growth. Being a part of this organization is by far, one of the most rewarding. I can contribute through my talents and provide
opportunities that will enrich the lives of others. I am proud to be a member of Friends, and I will do all that I can to make every volunteer occasion a worthwhile experience.

The more we know!

I have provided a glimpse into some of the areas that I contribute my efforts as a dedicated member and resident of this community. I have mentioned a few. However, the most important reasons I have for actively supporting my Liberty Lake community, whether behind the scenes or up close and personal, does not make me unique. It is because we are a giving community. We are always looking for ways to improve, give back, or contribute. Whether the contribution is to church or state, we recognize that getting involved, being involved, and staying involved is an act of real dedication. It is not in being associated with this or that organization or having more affiliations than someone else. Our engagement is in the doing for whomever; recognizing wherever it is necessary or required, and focusing our efforts whenever we can on whatever it is.

Our combined civic-minded contributions speak volumes about our pride as a city and our overall esprit de corps as a community.


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