Frazer: Economic development important to city

Posted: Tuesday, September 26, 2000

Bill Frazer likes to be involved with what's going on in his community. A member of the Kenai City Council for over a year-and-a-half, Frazer is seeking re-election to a full three-year term.

"I guess I just enjoy being involved. You're a little bit closer to what's going on," he said. "The general public reads what happens in the paper and gets highlights, but being on the council, you get to see the process."

He applied to be appointed to the seat he holds almost two years ago, after it was vacated by Hal Smalley, who won election to the Legislature.

"I feel like contributing to making this city a good place to live," Frazer said.

Name: Bill Frazer

Office sought: Kenai City Council

Age: 55

Occupation: Insurance broker

Residency in Alaska: Since March 1983

Number of years on the Kenai Peninsula: 15

Education: Bachelor of arts degree, University of New Hampshire, 1969

Political and government experience: Current member of Kenai City Council, February 1999 - present

Business and professional positions: Broker for Ribelin Lowell & Co. Insurance Brokers; member of the Kenai, Soldotna and North Peninsula chambers of commerce; chapter officer for the Alliance.

Service organization memberships: Same as above and co-director of Kenai Chrysler Open Golf Tournament.

Best way for voters to reach me: Phone 283-4861; Mail 1002 Crow Court, Kenai, AK 99611

There are plenty of nice places to live in the central Kenai Peninsula, but Frazer stays in the city -- in the same home he bought in 1986 -- because of the amenities.

"The main reason I like to live in the city limits is the water and sewer. I even like that fact that we have dog control in the city; we have paved streets; and we have a government that can do certain things that people in the borough can't," he said. "Kenai is a real nice place to live. We have a reasonable tax rate and good snow removal."

Frazer, a commercial insurance broker for Ribelin Lowell and Company in Soldotna, is also the chapter officer of the Oil Industry Support Alliance. In his job, he deals with oil support companies and restaurants.

"My experience is in business and making things work," he said. "The city has to live within its means."

He said his main issue is to create economic development and growth in the city.

"I've helped a lot of small businesses grow," he said. "I think the council is pretty pro-growth. Not wild pro-growth, but sensible pro-growth.

"We try to support local businesses," he added. "We just sold a city lot to a local doctor to build a new clinic on and had to make the decision to provide an extra fire hydrant to that lot."

Frazer is referring to a lot at the corner of Frontage Road and Spur View Drive that was sold to Dr. Jim Zirul where he is building the new location of his Peninsula Ear Nose and Throat Clinic.

"My thing is sensible and reasonable decisions, and to help the city grow and make the tax base stable," he said. "That's what pays for everything people want. All that is paid for by the tax base."

While on the council, Frazer has been the group's representative to the Parks and Recreation Commission.

"I like being involved in development of projects and what we work on," he said. "I like being in on the decision-making process. It's very enjoyable."

Frazer faces incumbent Pat Porter and challenger John "Ozzie" Osborne in the municipal election. The highest two vote-getters among the three will fill the two open seats.

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