Two appointed to Metolius City Council
Two Metolius residents were appointed to the Metolius City Council during a Monday, April 5 regular board meeting.
Candy Canga Picar fills position 2, and Joe Smietana fills position 3. Both positions go through December 2022. Previously, position 2 was held by Dan Dulaney, who passed away in December 2020. Patty Wyler held position 3. Her position became vacant Jan. 1, 2021, when she took over as Metolius mayor.
Canga Picar served as Metolius City Councilor from 2016 to 2020. She works in nursing administration for St. Charles Health System in Madras. She has served on the League of Oregon Cities, Equity and Inclusion Committee since 2019 and on the Living Hope Christian Center Board of Directors since 2018.
"I have the governance experience as a city councilor these past four years," she said on her application. "I would like to assist our city council in the decision-making process that benefits our community."
She is concerned about the economic impact and mental health issues that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused.
"As a healthcare worker, I would like to be available to answer questions regarding vaccination and how we can create events using health and safety measures," Canga Picar said.
She would also like the city to continue its economic development goals and ensure the health and wellness of the community by connecting with Jefferson County Public Health. She advocates for diversity, inclusion and equity.
"As an ethnic minority member of this community, I believe that I bring an important diverse experience and background to the table," Canga Picar said.
Smietana has served on the City of Metolius Planning Commission since July 2019. He has worked as a fish habitat biologist and project manager for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs since April 2019, where he implements restoration projects, oversees budget from funding partners, and communicates with stakeholders. He is Ducks Unlimited volunteer and was an Elks Club member.
Smietana said he applied for the city council position because he believes it is his civic duty to engage in the local government and community in which he lives. He grew up in Baker City, which installed in him the value that local government has on a rural community.
"I believe the major concerns of the city residents and businesses are the future for the city as the population in Central Oregon continues to expand," he said on his application. "The city has to continue to strike a balance between urban growth while upholding the values of the agricultural and ranching community which has made Metolius the city it is today."
Smietana believes the city government should continue encouraging small businesses in Metolius in order to regain services in town. He would also like to see a Neighborhood Watch or increased patrols from Jefferson County Sheriff Department to help reduce graffiti and vandalism.
Canga Picar and Smietana join Metolius City Councilors Carl Elliott, Denise Keeton, Kelly Clowers and Lloyd Trent and Mayor Patty Wyler.
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