Candidate profile: Soldotna City Council Seat B, Lisa Parker

Sports center needs comprehensive development plan

Posted: Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Residence: 1049 Bogie Court, Soldotna

Mail address: P.O. Box 1234, Soldotna, AK 99669

Contacts: 262-6656, lparker @ci.soldotna.ak.

Age: 50

Years in Soldotna: Over 11

Family: Husband, Steve Horn

Occupation: Agrium government and community relations

Education: High school graduate, bachelor's degree from American University in Washington, D.C.

Previous elected office: Soldotna City Council (2002-present), Anchorage Charter Commission (1975)

Organizations: Kenai Peninsula Community Care Center Resource Development Council, board of directors

1. What concerns do you have about building a city cemetery on West Redoubt Avenue?

My concern is that the City of Soldotna does not have a place where its residents can bury and later visit their family and friends. Nikiski, Kenai, Kasilof have cemeteries for their communities. A report, submitted in August 2002, identified locations, management options, design, and costs. One of the recommendations states "The cemetery land needs to be surrounded by a fence to set it apart from the surrounding residential area and to deter vandals and careless snowmachiners." In addition to a fence a natural buffer around the cemetery should be incorporated into the design. I have asked the City to contact the EPA, Center for Disease Control, and others to determine the environmental implications of a cemetery.

2. What benefits will the city gain from annexing properties?

I will only support annexation of the areas being discussed if the majority of residents are supportive of the annexation. The annexation process involves extensive planning and research and is regulated by the State Local Boundary Commission (LBC). The LBC must approve any proposal for annexation for annexation to take effect. Each of the areas under consideration offer advantages as well as disadvantages. While there would be an increased property tax base, the preliminary evaluation shows that the property taxes generated could be less than the cost of providing services in these areas. Currently this issue is being discussed and analyzed by the Soldotna Planning and Zoning Commission which will provide a recommendation to the City Council.

3. If federal grant funds are not made available for a road from the back of the Soldotna Sports Center through to Centennial Park campground, how should the project be funded?

I would like to develop a comprehensive plan that deals with the future development of this area. We have little league fields, an equestrian site, a sports center, visitors center and some historical buildings all thrown together in a somewhat haphazard manner. Before we look at putting in more roads or other facilities lets develop a plan that shows what we are going to do with this area. Then it might be easier to get federal grants to implement the recreational plan.

4. What activities should the city provide to youth to prevent them from skate boarding and pestering customers at Peninsula Center Mall and other locations around the city?

There are many activities and parks available for our youth as well as programs through Community Schools. A skate board park exists that was built a few years ago with support from the Soldotna Elks Club. The City and the Soldotna Police Department have been working with the owners of the Peninsula Center Mall to turn this situation around.

5. If re-elected, in what ways do you feel you can make a positive impact on the daily lives of Soldotna residents?

I will make a positive impact by making sure the snow is cleared off the streets in the winter; our parks are clean, safe and open; and we keep our city clean of trash and junk vehicles.



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