Economic development good for city

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010

Citizens of Kenai, thank you for the opportunity to serve you as your council member for the past 4 years. Kenai is a city I love and enjoy. I am a 20 year resident of Kenai and a 30 year resident of Alaska, I love the city and the people who live here, my desire is to see the city continue to grow and improve. As your council member I will continue to promote economic development and other projects which will enhance the quality of life in our great city.

I am a strong advocate for economic development and pleased with all the economic activity that has transpired around Kenai during my time on city council. It has been exciting to work with the administration to bring WalMart and Lowes here to Kenai. Other businesses are locating here. The ACS retail store now being built at the entrance to WalMart is only the first of several businesses that are expected to locate around WalMart. A new transmission shop is being built down on Bridge Access and an O'Reilly's Auto parts store is soon to be built along the Spur Highway. This is all good news for the citizens of Kenai as this new retail business will provide additional sales tax and property tax revenue to fund city services. The Council just approved hiring three new firefighters for the Fire Department to add one more person to each shift at the station. These are some of the benefits of new retail economic development.

The Kenai Public Library's expansion project is well underway and will be completed by next summer. This will double the size of the library and provide additional amenities including meeting rooms. This project was funded by a bond issue approved by the citizens, a Rassmuson grant , a state grant and the hard work and fundraising of the Friends of the Kenai Library. It will be a wonderful addition to our community.

As a council member I will continue to work with administration to secure funds and divide the Bluff Erosion Project into phases to allow us to start on the project with placement of armor rock at the toe of the bluff to stop that portion of the erosion process. I will continue to work with administration to promote more development at the Kenai Municipal Airport. We are preparing lease lots for general aviation over by the float plane basin and hope to have more new commercial hangars built in addition to the two built this past year.

I want to see the Bridge Access section of the Unity Trail completed and provide a bike trail along K-Beach Road from Bridge Access to Cannery Road. Our trail system continues to need work. I also want to look at possibilities for bike trails along creek drainages from Airport Way to Coastal Trail and Woodland to Municipal Park. I want to see improved sidewalks in the city and provide for more sidewalks to make downtown more pedestrian friendly and I will work with the administration to accomplish this goal.

I have served in leadership positions on the Kenai Harbor Commission, the Kenai Planning and Zoning commission, the Kenai Economic Development Strategy Team as well as serving as President or chairman of various service organizations here in Kenai

This is an exciting time to live in Kenai, I would like to continue to serve you as your council member and would appreciate your vote on October 5th.

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