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Mike Regis to run once again

POULSBO — Contrary to popular belief Poulsbo City Councilman Mike Regis isn’t ready to hang up his hat just yet.

After some serious soul searching, Tuesday afternoon Regis made it official that he will be seeking a third term in office.

“I want to continue to offer a practical and realistic assessment of the issues in front of the city,” Regis said. “I would like to help the city meet its future destiny before I step down.”

His knowledge of the history of events and why things are the way they are is something Regis said he plans to continue bringing to the council as it wrestles with issues such as growth, water quality and land use.

As a councilman, Regis said he has noticed a disturbing trend in higher government circles that will soon have a significant impact on the city, especially its financial health.

“We now have federal and state unfunded mandates we need to fulfill,” he said.

Among those is the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, which deals specifically with the water quality of Liberty Bay, he said.

“We’re in pretty good shape, but that’s not the rule,” Regis said, alluding to other cities in the Puget Sound region faces tremendous challenges in complying with the new regulations.

The NPDES is not necessarily an unfunded mandate, but it is one the city must comply with in order to receive additional federal and state funding, he said. The regulations are centered around protecting Liberty Bay by improving the quality of stormwater runoff and preserving and enhancing habitat.

“If we meet the protection requirements for Liberty Bay, then everything else will follow correctly,” Regis said.

The city’s update of its infrastructure comprehensive plans, which include water, stormwater, sewer and traffic, are just as important as the comprehensive plan itself, he said.

“We are really just updating the 1994 comprehensive plan,” he said.

Regardless of any criticism the state’s Growth Management Act has received, Regis said he believes it is one of the best things to happen to local governments.

“It helps us see the big picture, and we’re just a small part of it,” he said.

While refusing to comment on the latest round of city hall proposals, Regis did comment on the city’s upcoming centennial of local governance.

“I feel blessed to be here at this point,” he said.

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