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Candidate profile: Robert J. 'Bob'Molloy: Kenai City Council

Fishery needs attention, annexation does not

Posted: Sunday, September 18, 2005

Residence: 513 Ash Ave.

Mail address: 110 South Willow St., Suite 101, Kenai, AK 99611

Contacts: 283-7373

Age: 52

Years in Kenai: 23

Family: Wife, Kristine Schmidt, and one child

Occupation: Attorney, small business owner

Education: Bachelor's degree from Tufts University, law degree from Boston University School of Law

Previous elected office: Kenai Parks and Recreation Commission (2005-present), law clerk in the Alaska Court System (1980)

Organizations: Past board member of Peninsula Home Health Care Inc. and LeeShore Center, past fund-raising committee member of United Way

1. Are there changes or improvements that should be made to how the July dipnet fishery is managed? What do you think the city should do with increased revenues from this fishery?

North Beach ...: We need a new toilet facility near the parking lot, and another one down the beach nearer the Kenai River mouth. Small seasonal food and drink businesses in the parking lot area would benefit the fishery users.

South Beach ...: We need a permanent agreement with the Borough that allows the City to control access to the south beach. Then we can address the need for a permanent toilet facility, and seasonal food and drink businesses, on the south beach.

Harbor: We need to build the exit road on the parcel obtained from The Conservation Fund and continue to improve the dock facility, so that boats can get in and out of the water more quickly.

All areas: Fish cleaning stations and waste collection points for fish waste will help control waste and reduce clean up costs.

Revenue: Until all improvements are made, the revenue generated should go back into the dipnet fishery.

Editor's note: Candidate Molloy's answer was edited to fit a 150-word limit.

2. Should the city be considering areas for annexation? If so, which areas? If not, why not?

No. Newly annexed areas will expect City services to be provided, but the City does not yet provide all services throughout our existing City limits. For example, some roads within out present City limits still need to be paved. Some areas do not have City water and sewer, plus the existing City water system needs improvement, with potable drinking water and adequate water pressure for existing users. We need to improve the infrastructure within our present City limits before considering annexation of other areas.

3. Should the city amend its zoning laws to allow for businesses such as gift or coffee shops to operate in educational zones? Why or why not?

The City Council already approved this amendment. Gift shops may not conflict with educational zone uses, but each proposal should be reviewed carefully, on a case by case basis, to make sure it is appropriate for the zone.

4. Do you feel the city should go forward with the sale of city-owned wetlands to the Conservation Fund? If so, what benefits will this have for the city? If not, why do you feel the land sale should not proceed?

Yes. the City has already benefited from a trade of City-owned wetlands to the Conservation Fund, for a parcel to be used for a Boating Facility Exit Road at the City Harbor. This second transaction involves wetlands above the Kenai River bridge which are currently zoned conservation, and are not suitable for development. Some of these wetlands are islands or are under water at times.

The City will receive more than $500,000 for the sale, which the City could use for other needs, such as the City's required match to build the Section 36 Soccer Park, or dip net fishery improvements. Or, the City could use these funds to create an endowment, with earnings to be used to support recreation. My understanding is that even after the sale, the use of these lands will not change. I see this sale as a "win-win."

5. In what ways can the city maximize the impact of the Kenai airport on the city's economy?

In the past, airport lands sold or leased by the City were the foundation for economic development in the City of Kenai. The decisions that we make regarding the remaining airport lands will greatly affect future economic development and quality of life in our City. In a series of public meetings, consultants are making recommendations to the City that also will impact the City's economy, including significant changes in the City's land lease-sale program for remaining airport lands, establishment of an Airport Reserve, adoption of an Airport Zone, and adoption of incentives to encourage development of airport lands under an improved leasing program. The decisions made on the consultant's recommendations need to be made carefully, with plenty of public input.

6. If elected, in what ways do you feel you can make a positive impact on the daily lives of Kenai residents?

If elected, I will listen to, and work for, City resident, as YOUR representative. I will work hard to ensure the following:

B — Better Water, Roads and Business Environment; Better Strategic Planning;

O — Open and Accountable City Government;

B — Balanced Budget, No Deficit Spending; Be Efficient.



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