Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Name: F. Gregory (Greg) Wilder
Family: Single parent raising my 16-year-old son (Joshua), grown daughter, brother, nephews, nieces living locally
Occupation: Retired (45 years of local, tribal, county government, and professional consulting service)
Career/educational background: 45 years as a public works and planning director, city administrator, and development consultant. Coulee Dam graduate.
WSU bachelor of science awarded cum laude (civil engineering and geology, Sigma Tau engineering honor student), WSU BA degree cum laude (architecture and planning), continuing education in public policy, administration and finance.
• How should the city address economic development?
The town of Coulee Dam has a geo-political urban growth boundary that limits its “separate” and individual economic development options.
However, there are “common” opportunities for targeted economic development if it is considered as a “shared” or integrated growth-related resource.
The communities (cooperating with tribal, county, state and federal agencies) need an effective balance between a robust marketing/outreach effort and sustainable multi-seasonal tourist/conference destination attractors and facilities.
There are also “regional” opportunities for attracting commercial, manufacturing and service-related development.
Additionally the town and community must have/develop resources that “retain” families and offer services/resources that have a local focus.
• What should the city do about its wastewater treatment plant?
The Coulee Dam-Elmer City Wastewater Treatment Facility is aging and utilizes antiquated technology… it needs to be replaced.
However, in order for the communities to determine the “how,” “where,” and “what-with” options, the project needs a fair, open, and partnered approach for the analysis, planning and financing.
The community outreach by the town of Coulee Dam has been dismal.
The planning/engineering reports produced by the town’s engineer have failed to meet the requirements of most grant funding agencies. This project needs to be re-scoped, multiple alternatives considered, partnerships developed and a synergy built around a meaningful group of stakeholders.
• With Coulee Dam divided between three counties, how can the city partner with the counties, surrounding cities and Colville tribe for the benefit of the community?
A portion of Coulee Dam lies within the Colville Reservation and within three different counties. The coordination of our planning under the Growth Management Act naturally requires more effort and communication.
This layer of diverse complexity may be an opportunity… each county, the city, the tribes, may have diverse interests and as with diversity among people, there are benefits to what some would consider impediments.
Weaving the diverse geo-political interests into a fabric that serves us all better is a matter of “persistent” and “informed” leadership. Sharing within a regional context can lead to a more cohesive provision of service.
Gayland (Quincy) Snow, the incumbent mayor of Coulee Dam and a candidate for reelection, did not respond to The Chronicle’s candidate questionnaire.