Although there is no one else vying for her seat, Kathryn Goldman has been going door-to-door campaigning to retain her spot on the Bellevue City Council.
“The city of Bellevue has so many things on the horizon,” Goldman said, and she wants to be involved in all of it, from the city’s proposed area-of-city-impact map between the city of Hailey and Blaine County, to making final decisions on the proposed Strahorn subdivision and future annexation proposals.
Since being appointed to the City Council in 2016 after an elected candidate declined his seat (Tyler Peterson), Goldman has been active in her role on the panel, running and winning a one-year term for 2017 and again winning, this time a two-year term, in 2018.
Goldman’s door-to-door effort is an individual continuation of a city initiative that started at the city’s annual Labor Day celebration aimed at getting public input into where the city’s limited resources should go. Goldman said she has gotten a wide range of objectives from community members but did not want to go into details in order to avoid influencing the outcome.
Goldman said she hopes to continue the community-outreach efforts with her fellow council members by launching a community survey to learn which projects residents want to fund. In addition, Goldman wants to start a quarterly newsletter to send out to the community to create more opportunity for engagement than just opening public comment at the city’s meetings. She also wants to find more community events to attend to engage with residents where they are, rather than expecting them to show up at City Council meetings on Monday nights.
In terms of where she thinks the city should go, Goldman plans to focus on what will be best for the city’s future.
“Annexations must produce good benefits to the city and residents,” Goldman said, adding that any annexation should take into account the city’s comprehensive plan as a guiding document.
“It’s a reflection of the community,” Goldman said of the comprehensive plan that included 27 residents in a two-year process to create the guiding document for how the city should grow. “We can grow, but it needs to be done responsibly.”
For new businesses in the downtown core, Goldman said she would like to ensure that city ordinances are clear and dependable, allowing for new businesses to succeed and current businesses to thrive.
“I’m excited about Bellevue’s future,” Goldman said.