Cemetery decision should be up to Soldotna residents

Posted: Friday, August 26, 2005

The city of Soldotna has one year to accept the land transfer from the Kenai Peninsula Borough. Once Soldotna acquires the land for the cemetery, it should be up to the residents of Soldotna to accept the location.

Every citizen has a right not only to vote on the location, but also to be informed as to the current location being between Redoubt Elementary and the Kenai River. It should not be left up to the city council to decide what is right for our community. It should be the citizens within our community to make that decision.

If (not when) the vote passes, Soldotna needs to perform a barrage of testing at the currently proposed location to ensure the safety of the residents within the immediate vicinity of the proposed site, beyond reasonable doubt.

To date, no certifiable document exists to suggest pollution may or may not pose a risk around a cemetery and not one specialist has studied the issue. The community has a right to know if pollution can occur and the city of Soldotna has the responsibility to prove it will not.

No one has been scaring me into my opinion. I believe there are other residents of the community that share similar views. I believe it is time to vote on the issue.

Chris Pankratz


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