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Raezer gets another term on PSRC board

Chris Raezer - Sarah Arney
Chris Raezer
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ARLINGTON — Arlington City Councilman Chris Raezer has been re-elected to serve another term on the Puget Sound Regional Council, and he is a member of the economic development board for 2009 with fellow Councilman Steve Baker as his alternate. Raezer has also been elected to represent the state on the information technology and communication policy committee of the National League of Cities.

Other north county officials on the PSRC include John Soriano, of Marysville, second alternate to the transportation board and Donna Wright, of Marysville, first alternate to the Growth Management Board.

“There are two of us from Washington on that committee,” he said.

“I won’t be going to D.C. this year,” Raezer said. “We will be having meetings by teleconference.”

Raezer said he applied for the position last fall and was notified in January.

He applied for the communications policy committee for a reason.

“I want to make sure internet access stays open and free.”

Raezer explained that NLC is the eyes and ears for Association of Washington Cities, of which all cities in the state are members.

His role with the PSRC will not involve helping to delegate money from the stimulus package.

“We’re not a lobbying group,” he said. Although the PSRC will have say about where the money goes.

“The PSRC is the federally recognized body for Snohomish, King, Pierce and Kitsap counties. All the counties submit applications for projects including job creation and job retention in projects for water systems, sewer systems and transportation.

“I am hoping Arlington will get money for the wastewater treatment plant,” he said.

For Raezer, it’s not about Arlington but about the whole region.

“I just want to make sure north county doesn’t get lost in the process. My goal is to make sure we don’t get left out.”

His job as a board member is to advise paid staff. Bill McSherry is the economic development manager for PSRC, Raezer said.

At a recent committee meeting, PSRC approved a contract for an analysis of clean technology, Raezer said.

“I am not competing against Marysville, but making sure we get our fair share for the whole region. We are competing against the rest of the nation, but also working on behalf of the whole county.”

Raezer said his committee meets every other month.

Here at home, Raezer is also a member on the city’s Economic Development Committee and he represents the city on the executive committee of the Byrnes Performing Arts Center Commission.

He volunteers for that committee because he sees the economic value of having a community theater.

“I don’t want to see it slip away from the community and become a school auditorium,” Raezer said.

“Ever thing is tied together,” he said. “If you do one thing here, it impacts there,

For more information about PSRC boards, go to www.psrc.org/boards.

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