After 12 years serving on the Mount Shasta City Council, Tim Stearns says there’s still plenty of work to be done. That’s why he’ll be running for a fourth term during the November 2 general election.

After 12 years serving on the Mount Shasta City Council, Tim Stearns says there’s still plenty of work to be done. That’s why he’ll be running for a fourth term during the November 2 general election.

A 19 year resident of Mount Shasta, Stearns was elected to the council in 1998 and has been there ever since.

During his tenure, Stearns said he’s been able to use his legal background to assist the city in many ways. He also believes he brings several important attributes to the council, including the ability to listen intelligently, be reasonable and think in the long term.

“There are a number of unfinished projects I’d like to see resolved,” Stearns said during an interview last week, including economic development of the city, bringing in good jobs and increasing the city’s tax base.

“I’d like to see the city on sound financial footing,” he said.

In order to accomplish this, Stearns believes development of the Roseburg property must be a priority.

Large swaths of the property are clean and ready to be developed with only a little tweaking in how they are currently zoned, Stearns explained.  

Attracting businesses to the  available Roseburg property and marketing Mount Shasta is one of his main goals.
“When people are looking for someplace to relocate, they look at a few main factors, such as good schools, low crime, a clean environment and quality of life,” Stearns said. “Mount Shasta’s got all of that.”

One missing piece of the puzzle is affordable housing. Development of certain sections of the Roseburg property, specifically on the east side of Mount Shasta Boulevard, would be an excellent place for affordable homes, he said.
Another of Stearns' goals has been to keep Mount Shasta out of lawsuits. While he hasn’t been completely successful in this endeavor, he said the city hasn’t lost a suit on his watch.

With his legal background, Stearns said he’s able to ensure the city enters into solid, well drafted contracts.

“This is not micromanagement,” Stearns said. “Contracts require city council review and approval... it’s a part of what councilors are supposed to do.”

Stearns feels he has a good relationship with the city staff.

“It’s always been my approach to try to create policy and direction, then leave the staff to carry it out.”

In the past 12 years since he first became a councilor, Stearns has served as Mount Shasta’s mayor two times, and has helped accomplish several meaningful projects, he said.

“We’ve made real progress in updating and improving the water and sewer systems, and acquiring fire and snow removal equipment,” he said.

“We’ve worked successfully toward long range planning, such as having a capital improvement plan, a new land development code, an equipment replacement plan, a street management plan and a sidewalk repair program.”

Stearns has been a part of the creation of the Siskiyou County Enterprise Zone and worked on a sign and lighting ordinance which made Mount Shasta a “dark skies” town. He’s also fond of the Lake Street medians, he added.

Stearns said he hopes the Mount Shasta community will recognize that he’s done a good job while on city council, and has put a great amount of time and energy into his position.

“It takes time to know what you’re doing [on a council],” Stearns said. “One of my assets is that I’ve been on the council long enough to have a good understanding of what goes on... I’ve learned a lot over the years.”

Though the next four years will certainly hold many challenges – most notably in the financial realm – Stearns said he hopes voters will allow him to stay involved as a city councilor.