Games, city get it right

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Posted: Sunday, May 08, 2005

The sometimes-ugly feud that had been growing between the Kenai City Council and the Arctic Winter Games Host Society appears to have been patched up, and just in time.

At last week's city council meeting, Games host society President Dale Bagley explained to the council the Games' plan to fund improvements to the city's multipurpose ice facility. Bagley's assurances that the host society would reimburse the city as the project moves along were accepted by the council, which expressed some degree of relief that the plan has finally been worked out.

It's unfortunate that the situation had been allowed to become such an issue between the host society and the peninsula's largest city — especially since the whole mess could have been avoided if better lines of communication had been open between the two entities.

Now that the plan appears to be moving forward, the Games are looking to be in good shape heading toward this winter's big show. The Arctic Winter Games should be a community event that all can support. Had the city of Kenai not been behind them, it's entirely likely the whole event would have been played out under a distinct and ugly shadow.

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