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Need more time to critique comprehensive plan, Molloy says

Posted: October 18, 2012 - 7:09pm

At Wednesday’s Kenai City Council meeting, Council Member Bob Molloy requested more time for people to comment on the city’s Comprehensive Plan.

“It’s a really important document,” he said, “and 14 days including Saturdays and Sundays after it’s been presented and explained to the public is too short a time period.”

The city presented the plan at an open house Oct. 5 and set a two week public comment period.

Molloy said several people have told him two weeks is not enough, and Kenai resident Mark Scharg, 58, was one of them.

“We need more time,” he said at the council meeting. “It would give more people time and give the city more time to work on it.”

Molloy proposed the city extend its public comment period to Nov. 18, providing Kenai residents 30 more days to prepare their critiques.

Mayor Pat Porter, however, said she wants to see the comments from the two week period.

“There was plenty of notice given for the public input time of it,” she said. “I haven’t received any requests from any residents to extend that time myself.”

Porter said increasing the comment period is an administrative decision; the council does not have a hand in it.

The current comment period is not the end of the road for residents to voice their opinions about the plan, she said.

“There is another process,” she said. “Once the Planning and Zoning Commission gets whatever recommendations and tweaks to plan (whatever) they think needs to be happening, they will have another public hearing — then it would come to the council, where we would also have more public hearings.”

She said the final decision is months away.

The council also approved its state capital improvements plan priority list for next year.

City Manager Rick Koch described the list as a “fluid process,” because he said the state does not always grant the city its requested project funds.

The city’s number one priority is paving and improving city streets. Koch is requesting $1 million from the state for the project, which would lower the city’s street maintenance costs.

Priority two aims to conduct the first phase of upgrades to the city’s waste water treatment plant, to comply with the Department of Environmental Conservations’ likely increase in standards, Koch said. He is asking the state for about $1.67 million.

Priority three, the most expensive project at $2 million, would build a new, one-million gallon water storage reservoir.

“Any of these systems — whether it is a waste water treatment system, a water treatment system, a water storage system — it’s a really good idea to have redundancy,” Koch said.

Currently, the city’s three-million gallon water storage reservoir has no back up, and the city needs to drain it for repairs, he said.

Repairs will take four to six months to complete, he said, and in the mean time the city will need an alternative site to store its water.

Priority four requests $2 million for a new city shop to store and repair the city’s maintenance equipment. The old shop is too small and does not have proper ventilations systems, according to the SFY 2014 capital improvements project document.

Priority five aims to construct phase two of the Kenai Industrial Park. Koch is requesting $500,000 for phase two.

Priority six will improve the personal use fishery. Koch is asking for $150,000 to build three stations at the North and South Beach and the City Boat Launch for fish cleaning and waste, data collection, and enforcing fishery rules.

Last year the state granted the city $150,000, Koch said, providing them with enough money to build a station on North Beach, but an additional $150,000 will allow the city to build the other stations.

Mayor Porter swore in Ryan Marquis and Molly for their new three-year terms on city council. The council also voted 4-2 to re-elect Marquis as vice mayor.

Dan Schwartz can be reached at daniel.schwartz@peninsulaclarion.com.

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bigbadbob
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bigbadbob 10/19/12 - 09:31 am
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didnt take long for molloy to

didnt take long for molloy to get re-elected before he starts pandering to his special interest groups again. i wondered why he had been quite of late. ugh

pfalkenberg
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pfalkenberg 10/19/12 - 10:46 am
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Comprehensive Plan

I was one of the citizen's who requested a time extentsion for public input for the "Imagine Kenai 2030 Comprehensive Plan". Councilman Malloy was contacted because he listens to the concerns of the residents of the city's neighborhoods. This new plan is convoluted to say the least. Two weeks is not enough time to critique a 100 page document that is going to reflect thirty years of change to our existing city. Right now, my interpretation is "Our City" but it is "Their Plan". We need more citizens input on radical land use changes which can and will inpact our residential neighborhoods. Please consider getting your own copy of this plan from City Hall. The city website is also not user friendly for citizen's to get comments in by the Oct. 19 deadline.

Safetypin3
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Safetypin3 10/19/12 - 02:12 pm
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Comprehensive Plan

"...This plan will guide Kenai in future years as we strive to improve the quality of life, enhance the economic health of the community, and continue to provide critical public services." (Excerpt from Mayor's introduction to the draft 2012 update to the City of Kenai Comprehensive Plan).

This comment infers the plan is a critical guide...why not provide a longer comment period? Why not provide an on-line comment form that one can type in comments and submit?

The Kenai City Council, has three employees, one of which is the City Manager. As such, the Council should direct the City Manager to extend the comment period on this critical document.

granny
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granny 10/19/12 - 03:58 pm
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Our City/Their Plan

So, big(not), bad(comments), bob do you agree with putting industrial and commercial zones right beside residential properties? Do you agree with an essentially commercial zone all along spur and beaver loop which would throw currant residential properties into a non-conforming status which affects their right to develop their property? How about addressing these issues rather than attacking an elected official who actually listens to the public. If that's the special interest group you're referring to then more power to him. And please don't make nasty comments on tax-payer time! Mark Schrag

KASchmidt
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KASchmidt 10/19/12 - 04:16 pm
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More Public Comment Time Needed

The Kenai comprehensive plan is a very important document, because it controls land use in our city. We Kenai residents need and deserve more than a couple of weeks to review and comment on the 100+ page plan. If the city administration won't extend the comment period, then the city council should step in and give the public more time.

Kristine Schmidt

bigbadbob
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bigbadbob 10/19/12 - 05:56 pm
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same old NIMBY song and dance

same old NIMBY song and dance that weve heard from you for years.you'll never be happy till the lights are out in kenai.try expending some of your anger/anti everything attitude towards something positive. this is getting really old.

granny, i get two 15 minute coffee breaks a day(paid for by you) and my personal time is none of your business.
bigbadbob

pfalkenberg
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pfalkenberg 10/20/12 - 08:42 am
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Comprehensive Plan

Big Bad Bob needs to tone down his discription of one of our most respected city council members. May I remind you that Councilman Malloy was reelected with the highest number of votes this last election. That is because he was out campaigning door to door most evenings after a full days work and assessing what the citizens of Kenai need to have happen. This plan is important to ALL the citizens of Kenai, not just select groups. We all have to live and work side by side in "our" city so key issues in the plan need to be decided side by side by residents as well as business people. PLEASE READ THE PLAN.

rhespy
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rhespy 10/20/12 - 12:13 pm
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Troll Warning.

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bigbadbob
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bigbadbob 10/20/12 - 02:10 pm
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MAPS warning

Narcissistic personality disorder is a condition in which people have an inflated sense of self-importance and an extreme preoccupation with themselves.
Symptoms Include but are not limited to:

A person with narcissistic personality disorder may:

React to criticism with rage, shame, or humiliation


Take advantage of other people to achieve his or her own goals


Have excessive feelings of self-importance


Exaggerate achievements and talents


Be preoccupied with fantasies of success, power, beauty, intelligence, or ideal love


Have unreasonable expectations of favorable treatment


Need constant attention and admiration


Disregard the feelings of others, and have little ability to feel empathy


Have obsessive self-interest


Pursue mainly selfish goals

Suggest you all look in the mirror. Carry on.

freedomlibertytruth
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freedomlibertytruth 10/20/12 - 02:17 pm
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Wikipedia troll warning

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that ANYONE can edit, the hive-brain of the 'now' generation.

People with more brains will look to Britannica. You may not have heard of it, it relies on EXPERTS in their field to produce solid verifiable information.

conservative & independents - INTERRUPT & SHOUT. It’s time to shout back. Don’t stand silent.
That goes for the post on the internet also. Don’t be silent.
It's your money. It's your tax dollars spent, it's your paycheck.

“Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.” John Milton

sjlashbrook
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sjlashbrook 10/20/12 - 04:58 pm
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Comprehensive Plan paves way for sweeping changes to zoning!

The vast majority of Kenai residents remain unaware of how this new plan will affect them. They have been too busy making ends meet to take notice in this short time-frame. More time is definitely needed, as well as better outreach efforts, especially to those areas which are drastically affected.
There have been pretty extensive changes to the current Comprehensive Plan yet the planners continue to “downplay” them as though they won’t act as the future “BLUEPRINT” or AUTHORITY for making the zoning changes that the City administrators seem intent on making. We are not stupid—we know that this Plan gives the City the blueprint to implement drastic zoning changes, which will be inconsistent with CURRENT uses (leaving many properties branded with the detrimental "non-conforming" label), under the guise that “these zoning changes are consistent with the comprehensive plan!” So, City of Kenai, please don’t try to convince us that “it’s only a GUIDE!”
For instance, City Manager Rick Koch’s November, 2011 Memo to the Council regarding Ordinance 2597-2011, which attempted to make sweeping changes to the Land Use Table and zoning in residential zones (including PROHIBITING mobile home parks in ALL residential zones, for instance, where they now MAY be allowed, if appropriate, after application for a CONDITIONAL USE permit) stated:
“Postponement of this ordinance would allow the changes to the land use tables proposed by the Planning & Zoning Commission in Ordinance 2597 -2011 to be considered during the Comprehensive Planning process. The information assembled in the Comprehensive Plan then would be used by Council in consideration of changes to the Land Use Tables contained in the City Code.”
So there it is... a domino effect which changes our property rights one small brick at a time with the hope that no one will notice.
Kenai needs more affordable housing with a variety of housing options, which goal is stated in the proposed plan under Quality of Life issues... but there are NO corresponding Objectives or Strategies to effect this change. Per the 2010 Census: 1) Over 38% of Kenai City residents live in mobile homes or multi-unit housing of 3+ units; 2) the 2009 annual income for City of Kenai households was 18.8% lower than that for Alaska overall; 3) Between 2006-2010: persons in Kenai under the Poverty Level were 10.3%, and 29% of Kenai's households earned less than $35,000 per year. Obviously affordable housing is important for the area's residents, but restrictive land use & zoning which prohibits all but "single family, low density" housing in RR zones does not encourage it its development.
Providing more time to provide input by people busy trying to support their families isn't prejudicial to the process, and shouldn't be looked at as an imposition by our city officials. It makes one wonder how desirable public input truly is to those in charge.
Regardless of the deadline, take the time to read the plan. Ask questions, and evaluate how it might affect you and yours, and submit your comments at one of the upcoming hearings. Stand up and Speak Out About Kenai!

granny
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granny 10/20/12 - 06:07 pm
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bob Are you capable of

bob
Are you capable of answering my questions? Would you remain silent if an industrial zone was proposed across the street from your house? M Schrag

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 10/20/12 - 07:40 pm
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This sounds like me when i was a DEMO

Aren't you folks glad i switched to being a Repub instead of a DEMO that use to use every one of the above actions bigbadbob shows that DEMO'S still use when they have no answers and try to change the subject. OOPS! Thats exactly what Obama said to do 4 yrs ago and did then just as he is now, when one can't fight the TRUTH. DON'T BE DUPED.

IceSphere
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IceSphere 10/20/12 - 07:45 pm
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Comprehensive..?

Comprehensive Plan should be the first tip-off... City..? more like a stuck-up home-owners association taking tax money to sneak in a plan to make sure only the wealthy might live here... Any good size city, (with like 20 empty school buses driving around all day) would consider if public transportation could make money (jobs) for the city and small businesses instead of costing.

Then your big idea is to have more tourists making 55 mph turns off a highway (the speed for freeways near real cities) and covered with ice for about 5 months of the year so you can't see lines even if the city bothers to paint then in on the road... out on the highway, so easy to get to if you have all the gas in the world... even at sub-zero... really shouldn't slow the highway down much 'cause all you need to do is look at how good the business out on the highway is right now.

Get a spine... Publish a plan,"In the Paper", (not like this is news on any TV channel) for people to see some of what you are being paid for. Take credit for tax money being spent on a real plan. Not just some B.S. that amounts to nothing, and sneaking an in an agenda get rid of the %47 to spite your face.

steelhorse
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steelhorse 10/21/12 - 11:49 am
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This isn't about party or power

it's about what's in the best interest of the people, the citizens of Kenai.

Seems like the mayor and city manager are out of touch a lot of the time.

While procedurally she may be correct, really, what's the big deal about allowing more time for the citizens who they serve to be granted a few more weeks to ask or develop all of the necessary questions or answers?

How does this negatively impact the process in a truly detrimental way because I've not seen, read or heard anything that would substantiate that point.

Councilman Molloy's only intent and "agenda" if you can call it that is to offer more transparency in the city government and collaboration with it's citizen's.

I'm not here to bash or put anyone down at all, just set aside politics for a minute and seriously weigh the suggestion of an extension.

Anytime the government says no about something as simple as that, I become apprehensive and skeptical as to their reasoning. Like I said, the government can offer all kinds of reasons and rhetoric but are they in all our best interest or just theirs?

granny
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granny 10/21/12 - 03:12 pm
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Seriously watchman?!! In an

Seriously watchman?!! In an article about city council you talk about Democrates, Republicans, and Obama and accuse others of changing the subject?

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 10/21/12 - 05:01 pm
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granny i must have read this wrong

Nope. Molloy said one thing about needing more time and Mayor Porter said another about you have had plenty of time.
Sound like politics to me and my comment about Obama was in referance to what bigbadbob commented on in referance to Molloy.
Everything is a Politico-religious journey granny with all people sharing their beliefs of how they want things to happen and place faith in others to deliver their hope for them in those areas, everything.
Sorry i wasn't trying to make you mad, just pointing out what bigbadbob had said and what i think the article said and showed as a divided idea of giving more time before the axe fell and things went into action and then it's usually to late.

bigbadbob
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bigbadbob 10/21/12 - 06:54 pm
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granny Hard to debate with

granny

Hard to debate with someone who is known to react to questions or criticism with rage or at least a curled upper lip, expects special treatment pursuing selfish goals. I think you have a fragile self esteem and cannot handle anyone elses ideas that dont agree with yours.

To answer your question, Just because I dont scream and yell at people doesnt mean I am not silent. I would move far far away if I were you. That way no one can bother you. And dont forget to turn out the lights.
Bob

Allen
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Allen 10/22/12 - 03:40 pm
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Good grief! A Kenai

Good grief! A Kenai councilman asks to extend the comprehensive plan public comment period for 30 days and the Kenai Mayor shrieks in horror! Even though "Kenai resident Mark Schrag" told her "we need more time" to her face, the Mayor denied receiving "any request from any resident" for an extension. She then tried to pass the buck to the administration. Once this article came out, her attack dog bigbadbob promptly jumped all over the councilman and any commenter who supports an extension. Although bigbadbob cannot stay on topic and can only fling insults and foam at the mouth in writing.

There is nothing wrong with giving Kenai residents more time to comment on an important plan that affects so many. Insults, denial and drama by some should not keep the council (or whoever is responsible) from giving more comment time.

BigRedDog
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BigRedDog 10/26/12 - 07:38 am
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Support Malloy

After one confrontational issue before the City Council I walked away feeling jilted. It seemed one council member was very flippant with a near overlord attitude when anouncing a vote, like this is the way we treat you peasants. You'll learn to like it. Then all these 30 year projections like they can really see that crystal ball clearly. But through the whole process it seemed clear that a lot of folks had made up thier mind regardless of the process. I felt that Mr Malloy did demonstrate interest and concern for the facts without the emotional pandering seemingly being milked from the crowd by councilmen counting all the votes in the room. More stories, or emotional exbasteration seemed to be the key to garnering thier support. But seeing whats up now makes me want to know more about the topic. Leaders seem to bring direction and energy to public policy, they don't need to decide what direction things need to go. I am very concerned about public apathy toward our local Gov. The only thing to do I guess is check it out for yourself! But if Mr Malloy thinks more folks should be concerned he's got my ear!

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