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Roundy looks to address city's growth

 

November 22, 2017 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

Joshua Roundy

Local accountant Joshua Roundy will serve as the newest member of the Arlington City Council next year.

The City Council pos. 2 seat was one of several local elections on this year's Nov. 7 ballot and Roundy defeated incumbent Chris Raezer with 70.80 percent of the vote as of Nov. 17.

Roundy has an extensive background working for government organizations and cities that he said gives him a solid foundation of how local government works.

For about four years he worked as a state auditor, going through financial statements of a variety of government organizations.

"That background was really cool to learn about all the government types and what they do and what the revenue streams are," he said.

After being a state auditor he joined the finance department for Snohomish County and later the finance department at Mill Creek, where he was briefly the finance director.

Currently Roundy works as the senior accountant for the city of Lake Stevens where he does budgeting, annual reports and other finance-related tasks.

Roundy said that experience also taught him a lot about how different cities operate.

"I have a good perspective on how things are done in other cities. Because that's something cities always want to know, not just how we do it but how do other people do it," he said.

While working for Lake Stevens and Mill Creek he saw the cities grow and how they managed that growth to get to the cities they wanted to be.

Roundy said he wanted to be a part of the Arlington City Council because he wants to help the city manage growth as well, which he sees as one of the most important issues for the city.

"I saw that a lot when I worked at Mill Creek. Thinking a lot about 'who are we? What things do we want to attract people to our city?'" said Roundy.

"I want to build a set foundation so that there is a vision of where we want to go," he said.

He also wants to attract better development to hopefully improve the city's future.

"Seeing the development that is going on, I get the feeling that Arlington growth isn't being managed the way it could be managed," said Roundy.

"So, it can look and feel how you want it to, and also so it can be sustainable," he said.

That doesn't necessarily mean preventing apartment complexes, as that is something the city doesn't have full control over.

"A lot of people will say 'we don't want the multi-family housing,' but you have to put it somewhere," said Roundy.

"You need to have a mix of housing with affordable housing in there," he said.

There are already plans to encourage walkability in the city, said Roundy, and he added that was a good goal, although it may be difficult in Arlington.

"Especially when you have an old city and you're working around your current infrastructure," he said.

Roundy said infrastructure and public safety are also important priorities for any city council member.

"Those are the two cornerstones of public government," he said.

He hopes to be able to encourage long-term infrastructure investments. "I think it's important not to kick infrastructure down the road," he said.

If the Marysville Fire District and Arlington Fire Department do combine to form a Regional Fire Authority, that could have a big effect as well, he said.

"That will impact the city in a big way. It will help them financially and redirect resources to do other things. And what they do with those resources is going to be very important," he said.

Roundy's city e-mail has not yet been set up, but locals can currently contact him at electjoshroundy@gmail.com.

 

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