Candidate profile: Timothy J. Navarre: Kenai City Council

Navarre says city wetlands sale OK with some changes

Posted: Sunday, September 18, 2005

Residence: 608 Ponderosa St.

Mail address: P.O. Box 92, Kenai, AK 99611

Contacts: 394-2303, tnavarre

Age: 50

Years in Kenai: 40

Family: N/A

Occupation: Businessman

Education: Kenai Central High School graduate

Previous elected office: Junior Kenai City Council Member (1973), Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly (1993-2002)

Organizations: F.O.E. Eagles, Elks Club, Moose Lodge, Kenai Chamber of Commerce board of directors for 10 years and president in 2004

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?

Yes, I believe there are changes that can help improve the fishery. Permitting vendors to provide comfort services to the fishers (coffee, sandwiches, ice, etc.) might be one example.

Funds generated should be used for special projects, i.e., new ball fields, parks, trails, etc. This way, if there is a change in the fishery, and the funds were to disappear, the day-to-day operation of the city would not be negatively affected.

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

No. Areas outside the city should only be considered for annexation if the city provides services such as police and fire protection, water and sewer, etc., and the city is the best option. At this time, I am not aware of any requests from areas outside the city for these services, nor do I see a need for the city to enlarge its boundaries.

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?

Yes, the city should allow for certain business to operate on a limited basis. As a matter of fact, this is already happening — arts and craft fairs at the High School are regular occurrences, and the auditorium is rented out to both profit and non-profit entities for various functions.

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?

I would support the sale, with some modifications. This sale would affect city-owned lands adjacent to the Kenai River. For the most part, the lands are unsuitable for development purposes. The city has been approached by the Conservation Fund with an offer to purchase the lands, for a sum between $352 and $557 thousand. There are two options available to the city — an outright sale, or the sale of a conservation easement. The latter option would dramatically decrease the revenue for the city.

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

The city currently manages the airport, and the airport lands, very well. They have in place an Airport Master Plan, which is continually reviewed and updated every few years. A well-run airport will ensure continued revenues to the Airport Fund and the city's economy.

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

As a city council member, I believe in being accessible to the public. I will listen, get all the facts, and make informed decisions before taking any action that will affect the residents of Kenai. Working together, we can make Kenai an even better place to live.

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