I am honored to call Nikiski my home. Nikiski is a vibrant community with many exciting things happening. We have an extraordinary swimming and recreation facility, a dazzling new playground, a beautiful new senior center, outstanding public safety resources and great schools, to name a few. All are the envy of the region. Nikiski is a community on the move.
Nikiski, like any community, faces challenges. Some of these challenges include battling the invasive plant species elodea that currently threatens the vitality of three of our lakes, disturbing incidents of vandalism and thefts in some areas, concerns about the quality of our drinking water due to past bad industrial practices. None of these concerns are insurmountable. We must first understand the nature and extent of the problem. To do so, we must utilize available State, Borough and political resources to obtain the information we need to make informed decisions. We must trust, but verify. Common sense, civility and an eye to the future are crucial as we deal with issues.
I am seeking your vote to be a conservative, limited government voice for Nikiski on the Borough Assembly:
■ I have had extensive experience with municipal budgets delivering public works services in bush Alaska and on the Kenai Peninsula as a public works director.
■ I have fought for property rights against such land-grabs as the Borough’s massive over-reach with the recent anadromous stream ordinance. I will continue to do so.
■ I believe in common sense and limited government. Often, the least government is the best government.
■ I believe in responsible resource use and stewardship. We do not want our children and grandchildren forced to look for jobs in the Lower 48.
■ I will listen to the will of the people of Nikiski. I will work through the Nikiski Community Council and service area boards.
■ Let’s give people in our big Borough more access to the Assembly by using video streaming of Assembly meetings- just like Kenai City Council does.
■ Let’s add more transparency by extending fiscal notes to Assembly resolutions so we know what strings are attached to grants we accept.
■ Let’s have a Borough budget process that is not measured by how smoothly it is passed but by how efficient and sensible it is.
■ Let’s take a hard look at our increasing bond indebtedness that has accumulated over the years that funds school maintenance projects. A pay-as-you-go capital replacement fund should be considered for schools.
■ Let’s means test our Assembly legislation by asking these questions: Is it a legitimate function of the Borough? Will it work as intended? Can we afford it? Can the money be better spent?
■ Let’s listen to the people who have spoken three times on term limits and nothing has happened to change that position. Let’s use the 3B’s: Be Brief! Be Brilliant! Be Gone!
These are some of the ideas I would bring to the Assembly. I would appreciate your vote on October 1.