Robert Molloy: Kenai City Council

Open government works best

Posted: Sunday, September 18, 2005

As a 23-year City of Kenai resident, I value our City and the opportunity to contribute as a member of the Kenai City Council. I am willing to listen and work for you ...

My background includes 24 years in my private law practice, with 21 years based in the City of Kenai. I am also part owner of (2) local small businesses, an import-export business and a salmon sausage manufacturing business. I believe my experience as a small business owner and adviser will be an asset to the public and the council's decision-making process.

One of the policies that I support is Open and Accountable City Government. I have attended many City Council meetings on various proposals before the Council. In addition, I have participated with many others in volunteer work related to economic development and quality of life planning for our City. Many residents have expressed that they do not go to Council meetings and testify because their perception is that the City (either Administration or the Council) already have their minds made up and do not listen to their testimony. Some business owners have expressed the perception that past City Administrations have not been user-friendly.

If elected, I will work collaboratively with the other Council members, any newly hired City Manager, and the public to create a more open and accountable City government. We have the opportunity to set policy for an environment that is user-friendly and welcomes ideas from City residents and businesses. We have the opportunity to hire a City Manager who will have the people skills to help create this more user-friendly environment.

We can float ideas on controversial topics at an earlier point in the process, before agreements are made, so that the City ends up with better agreements that the public supports. We can develop a more comprehensive, improved City web site providing timely and more detailed information to the public, with methods to solicit public comment from our residents and businesses on their general and specific concerns. We can request and encourage public comment on all discussion items at Council meetings, not just on ordinances for action ... so the City can better meet the needs and concerns of our residents and businesses.

My wife and I have been married for 22 years and we raised one child, who is a 1998 graduate of Kenai Central High School, at our home in Woodland Subdivision. My volunteer experience includes the following:

Kenai Parks and Rec Commission, 2005

Kenai Economic Development Strategy (KEDS) Action Team 2004-05

Kenai Parks and Recreation — City League basketball sponsor/coach/player, 1986-2005

Peninsula Homer Health Care, Inc., Board of Directors, 1990s

Womens Resource and Crisis Center (now LeeShore Center), Board of Directors, 1980s

Kenai Peninsula United Way, Fund Raising Committee, 1980s

I will appreciate greatly your vote on Oct. 4 for the one-year seat, Kenai City Council. If elected, I will listen to you, and work for you.

Editor's note: Candidate Molloy's column was edited to fit a 500-word limit.

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