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Cain seeks GC city council seat


Last updated 10/30/2019 at 10:23am

Alan Cain

Alan Cain has served on the Grand Coulee City Council for about a year-and-a-half, ever since being appointed to the seat vacated by a previous council member. He's running to keep that seat.

Cain moved to the city in 1992 and worked as a registered nurse at the hospital.

Then, as the internet was rapidly evolving, he started a company to provide that service for several years.

Retired now, Cain, also a cartographer, has put his city planning skills to use on Grand Coulee's Planning Commission, on which he started working 15 years ago.

He's had a significant hand in the formation of the city's new "comprehensive plan," both "the good and the bad," he says. "There are a lot of things that happen that are controlled by the state government" in planning requirements, he notes, and many don't have much to do with Grand Coulee.

Cain says the city has serious fiscal challenges ahead to meet requirements while dealing with an aging infrastructure.

"We're getting older as a town, and parts of it are starting to show their age," he says, noting that a lot of work recently came together in that "comp plan" that he hopes will help guide the city.

"I really care about this community," Cain says. "I think it's a good community with really good people. ... They deserve a decent government without any drama."

He encourages people to come to council meetings when they have a problem the city needs to address. The council does listen, he says, and that kind of communication will be needed to address coming challenges.

"The only way that we will know what to do is to come together and talk about it," Cain says. "I'd like to see us learn to live within our means. I don't know how to do that. ... These are going to be challenging times for us."

Cain wonders what will happen if Initiative 976 passes, rolling back solutions small cities have found for fixing streets while budgets get tighter. Grand Coulee voters passed a small increase in sales tax for that. Electric City and Elmer City collect on car license tabs.

Asked if he thinks consolidating with other local cities might help ease those challenges, Cain says he'd need to see the actual costs.

"If we can work out a way to come together without bringing both communties' problems along, that would be fantastic," he says.


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