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Bookey: Changes improve quality of life in Kenai

Posted: September 24, 2013 - 7:40pm

My name is Terry Bookey. For the previous three years I have represented, you, the citizens of Kenai as a Kenai City Councilmember. My day job is Fire Captain and Paramedic with Central Emergency Services. Born and raised in Kenai, it is now where I have chosen to raise my own family. My wife, Jessica, and I have three children ages 20, 12, and 10. I am asking for your continued support as you go to the voting booth on Tuesday, October 1st.

Of the many accomplishments of the Council over the last three years, some that I am most proud of include:

■ Through my suggestion, the City of Kenai now has a trail development plan. I encourage you to experience the first phase of this plan by walking the beautiful pedestrian trail linking Leif Hansen Park to Daubenspeck Park.

■ I co-sponsored legislation providing tax incentives for homes constructed with residential sprinkler systems. This legislation was recognized nationally as a model for offering incentives — rather than mandates — for the installation of home fire sprinklers.

■ Citizens of Kenai now enjoy a more open process for the nomination and confirmation of Planning and Zoning Commission members thanks to legislation I co-sponsored.

■ Through input from Kenai residents, improvements were made to the management strategy of the personal use fishery. As a result of those changes this year we saw the smoothest and cleanest season to date.

Three years ago I pledged to provide the same level of attention to all speakers and issues brought before me, from the city budget to the resident expressing their frustration with city policy. I still believe strongly in that pledge. While we might not always agree, I will always listen with an open mind. Thank you again for allowing me to serve you for the past three years and I would be honored to continue that service.

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