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Borough actions on K-Beach flooding prudent

Posted: August 24, 2014 - 3:57pm  |  Updated: August 25, 2014 - 7:30am

As I drove home from a meeting at the Kenai River Center on Tuesday evening my thoughts were that what I experienced there was the best I can recall in a long time coming from any meeting including government, any government. I applaud the fact that Mayor Navarre came to this meeting, called by the Borough to discuss the K-Beach area flooding issue, loaded for bear, if you will.

There were at least a dozen individuals from various Borough departments and other agencies prepared to share their expertise, provide opinions and field questions from the public. It was apparent to me that these folks had done their homework, that they know their business and have been addressing the flooding issue since the high ground water events of last fall.

I particularly appreciated info shared by the Borough’s legal department that explained the Borough role in the subdividing of land, the legal confines the Borough must operate within and options that we citizens and land owners might consider, say a vote for a special service area and additional taxes to fund it. I took special note of historical information shared by a hydrologist, with a PHD no less, that suggests that our bench (my choice in words) running from the Kenai Mountains west to Cook Inlet has been a drainage area of some sort for decades and decades and decades, perhaps for millennia. In responding to a question of the viability of numerous pump stations to address high water tables I found sobering the response by one that a reasonable start in that consideration would be to decide if we simply could and would afford the costs of electricity to run such pumps. We can not and should not.

Be it an optimum or a pleasant solution or not, it is my opinion that we as land owners in this area should buck up and admit that we bought land adjacent to a huge area of wetlands and even areas maybe not designated as wetlands but that are significantly wet much of the year. We need to deal with our issues as individuals and as neighbors and not spend needless time and energy looking outside of our own spheres for a silver bullet if you will. No one coerced me to buy near wetlands. A large consideration on my part was the inexpensive nature (or so maybe I thought) of my purchase. If after naturally occurring events my costs to maintain my lifestyle on my land go up, well, maybe a bit for foresight prior to purchase would of been in order.

We will get through this people. To think that we can or should attempt to subdue this large ecosystem for the benefit of a relatively small portion of the Borough population is ill advised. To think that we could then do the same as other wet Borough areas of “need” pop up, and they will, would be sheer folly.

This citizen feels the Borough has and is acting prudently and effectively on this issue given the confines so easily recognizable. I think the Borough Mayor’s sense of fiduciary responsibility is spot on in this matter. He’ll get my vote in the weeks ahead.

Thanks for listening.

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Suss 08/25/14 - 11:19 pm
Bearup, "Chair" Zuyus

If the Peninsula Clarion chooses to print Peter Zuyus' letters to the editor attacking the Borough and the Mayor for not running the Central Peninsula Hospital the way Zuyus wants the hospital run, it might be informative to point out that Zuyus is the "Chair" of Tom Bearup's run for Borough mayor.

Office: Mayor
Candidate Information
Previously Registered (From MJE or LOI Form)
Election Year: 2014
Candidate Display Name: Tom Bearup
Candidate Legal First Name: Thomas
Candidate Legal Last Name: Bearup
Campaign Committee Name: Friends of Tom Bearup
Campaign Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2763
City, State Zip: Soldotna, Alaska 99669

Name: Peter Zuyus

Other Zuyus' points that need correcting:

CPH is not a Governmental entity and they are not "Government Bureaucrats"

No one, I repeat, No One has lost their choice of doctor.

Ask your doctor, do not fall for false statements.

Scare tactics and misinformation seems to be a reoccurring theme

With Bearup's people.

Bearup is responsible for these statements by his "Chair", and

The failure to disclose Zuyus' position with the Bearup campaign.

Please review Bearup's fiscal integrity where he was denied

Bankruptcy protection for lack of disclosures.

"One such way for the trustee to challenge property is to claim that a nonprofit organization you are a part of. In this case, a married couple filed for Chapter 7 but did not tell the court that they were the founding members of a religious organization. They received their income from the nonprofit, and put every cent they had into it."

"However, the nonprofit was also so intermingled with their own property and lives that it was impossible for them to claim it should be excluded from their case. For instance, they shared living quarters with the headquarters of the business, they lived off of the proceeds of the organization, and they did not seek gainful employment outside of the organization. Because of these facts, the trustee successfully challenged their characterization of the organization as a nonprofit, and the property of the organization was used to pay creditors."

artcambell 08/25/14 - 07:46 am
interesting comment

Just a few quick notes

The CPH is 100% owned by the KPB.

Cannot find the zuius article, give a pointner

kearbear 08/27/14 - 08:20 am
Ask the Doctors at Surgery

Ask the Doctors at Surgery Center of Kenai.
They are forced to decline all patients that are covered by Medicare/Medicaid/TriCare. Seniors are being forced into a two tier system of healthcare delivery service. Seniors who would prefer to have their surgery done on an out patient basis are denied this alternative because CPH refuses to issue a transfer agreement.

Suss 08/25/14 - 11:24 pm
Mrs. Z

So were the doctors at SCK your Medicare doctors before SCK

Opened? Did they preform surgeries? Where?

Did they get paid previously?

Did these doctors refuse to preform procedures

at any other facility? Why?

So these doctors were/are eligible to be Medicare providers

that preformed procedures elsewhere but are not eligible for

payment at SCK?

So did you lose your doctor or is it the shop the doctor works

out of that is not able to bill Medicare that is the issue?

Your choice? Doctors choice? Facility choice? Billing choice?

If your doctor was able to do surgeries and be paid by

Medicare before SCK existed, why is the doctor not able to

do so now? How did you lose your doctor?

kearbear 08/27/14 - 08:19 am
Doctors at Surgery Center of Kenai

Doctors at Surgery Center of Kenai were able to perform surgical procedures before and were able to bill Medicare as long as they performed surgeries at CPH. This group of Doctors have now formed a group known as Surgery Center of Kenai and want to perform Medicare reimbursed surgeries at their clinic. Without a transfer agreement from CPH, the Surgery Center of Kenai cannot bill Medicare. This denial limits and restricts patients from having their procedures done at the Surgery Center of Kenai and corrals Medicare/Medicaid/Tricare patients to CPH operating rooms. Denial of a transfer agreement is Denial of choice and alternatives for Seniors who choose to have their procedures done at an outpatient facility of their choice.

beaverlooper 08/26/14 - 08:29 am
does anyone know

Does anyone know that it cheaper to have a sugary at SCK than CPH? If so by how much? By the way what do these comments have to do with flooding on K=beach?

leewaytooo 08/29/14 - 12:44 am
how about sticking to the

how about sticking to the subject of the article..........

you have a beef with something other than what is

written in the article.........go stand on the corner and

holler.............try again you can do better...maybe?

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