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Election 2013 - Winthrop City Council, Position No. 1

Name: Vernon E. Herrst

Age: 65

Family: Married for 43 years to Judith Herrst; two children, Christine who resides in Tacoma, and Vernon, residing in Spanish Forks, Utah; five grandchildren in Utah

Occupation: Retired U.S. Navy chief hospital corpsman

Career/educational background: Two years community college, numerous military Class A and Class C schools

• What should Winthrop do about law enforcement? Staff a department or contract with another agency such as the Twisp Police Department?

I believe that it is Winthrop’s responsibility to provide adequate law enforcement for the residents of Winthrop.

Why would we take a staff operating within a budget enforcement department and contract with an undermanned, over budget department except to provide the undermanned department with more personnel.

Rumor has been spread it is so one agency can respond to the other without having to request for assistance.

To the best of my knowledge, officers from either department can and do respond to a request for assistance from not only the other town but also from the county when assistance is needed.

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

Candidate did not respond.

• Should Winthrop reconsider allowing ATVs on town streets? Why or why not?

While personally being an advocate for ATV use I believe the residents of Winthrop and Twisp both spoke their opinions on ATVs and the council of both towns listened to those residents even if the residents from both towns were at the other town’s meetings.

I feel it was unreal that neither town at least offered a trial period to see if maybe some of the fears of those expressing their opinions were unfounded. 

So I would like to re-address the topic and possibly give it a trial period to either prove or disprove the concerns of those individuals.

Name: Rick Northcott

Age: 56

Family: Married to Lynn Northcott. I have a son and a daughter and also two step sons. We have two grandchildren. I am a fourth generation Methow Valley-born resident.

Occupation: I am an independent general contractor and have been involved in construction my whole life.

• What should Winthrop do about law enforcement? Staff a department or contract with another agency such as the Twisp Police Department?

As for law enforcement, I do believe we would be better off if the towns of Winthrop and Twisp could merge to become one entity.

However, I would like it to be a joint effort and form a Methow Valley police force versus one town being the lead agency. That way we could also serve the other areas here in the valley that is difficult for the county sheriff to cover such as Mazama and the outlying areas.

If this can’t be achieved then I would see Twisp as the lead agency as they are better equipped with their facilities.

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

I would like to see the comprehensive plan for zoning and planning issues be updated.

Our planning commission has been working diligently on this and I am hoping we are getting close to finalizing the comp plan. I would like to see that in place before we have another influx of developers come in and want to put up 50 condos in an area that may be better served as residential living.

It is a lot of hard work that is served by volunteers and they are doing a great job of taking the communities input and coming up with that plan.

• Should Winthrop reconsider allowing ATVs on town streets? Why or why not?

My thoughts on it the first go-round was that it was more a problem for the county and Forest Service than it is for us here in town since most of the riding is out of town.

Now that the county has put forth their plans and ideas about where they can ride, I am not opposed at looking at it again. We’ll see what the Forest Service will come up with. If nothing else I would not be opposed of a trial period to see what issues may come up. We can always go back to no ATVs if we want.

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