Kim Sieckmann, a semi-retired small business owner and resident of Gladstone for the past 31 years, was appointed to City Council this week.
Sieckmann currently serves as the Gladstone Planning Commission vice-chairman and has been on that commission for the past 13 years. As a member of Save Gladstone, he is perhaps best known for petitioning for the city's forced reconsideration of the library plans by the three-member Oregon land-use appeals board and for ballot measures that require any project (such as the library) over $1 million to be referred to voters.
However, Sieckmann believes that citizens need to be educated about the benefits of the latest plan to build a new 13,000-to-16,000-square-foot library, closer to City Hall than the original plan.
I wholeheartedly support the new library plan because it is in the right (Portland Avenue) area, the ($6.4 million) costs are reasonable and all of the funding is coming from the library district, which makes them fiscally responsible with regard to the costs of library and everyone's paying their fair share, he said.
Sieckmann was appointed by a 4-2 vote of remaining City Council members Aug. 12, with Hal Busch and Kari Martinez voting for Patrick McMahon, a full-time Portland firefighter who had volunteered for the Gladstone Fire Department between 1998 and 2010. McMahon would have been ineligible for City Council during that time because a resolution failed that would have allowed volunteer city employees to hold elected office. Other applicants for appointment could run against Sieckmann, including Frank Hernandez III, a consultant for the Oregon Department of Education, and Dominick Jacobellis, a retired Portland police officer who currently works as a general contractor.
After the disbanding of the Gladstone Chautauqua Festival, Sieckmann was asked by the Gladstone/Oak Grove Rotary to join the Gladstone Cultural Festival Board to continue the popular annual tradition.
He serve as a Gladstone Juvenile Diversion Panel member, a Gladstone Youth Coalition steering committee member and has participated for seven years in Gladstone National Night Out, for which he was committee chairman for three years.
While attending City Council meetings during the past 10 years, he has often provided written and oral testimony on subjects pertaining to various city business. He laments the fact that the city does not have a grant writer on staff, and expenses for the city are outpacing revenue growth.
I believe there are untapped resources that will not burden the residents of Gladstone that should be explored, he wrote in his application for the position. Furthermore, I believe the city can operate more efficiently.
Sieckmann is supporting a mayoral campaign and efforts by City Councilor Tom Mersereau to put a combined City Hall and police station project before voters next May. In addition to combining it with the library project, Sieckmann says he is is willing to explore getting state revenue sharing, urban renewal, grants and Oregon Main Street revenues.