Working together for a reasonable solution to noise

Posted: Friday, November 05, 2010

We'd like to take a moment to commend two individuals who embarked on an effort to solve a problem, and sealed the deal with a handshake.

At the Oct. 26 Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting, Steven Phelps commented that the sale of Twin City Raceway to the Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions should include some sort of noise restriction. Phelps lives near the raceway, which hosts auto and motocross events, and said that at times, noise from the tracks makes being outside in his yard unenjoyable.

In response, Barney Phillips, president of the Racing Lions' motocross division, caught up with Phelps, exchanged phone numbers and pledged to work toward a solution. Phillips said he didn't realize the noise bothered nearby residents, and said his organization would strive to be a good neighbor.

"I shook his hand three times, and I really felt good about that," Phelps told the Clarion. "I took it as a man-to-man thing, and I felt that we were moving forward with the issue."

With the election season still dragging on, it's refreshing to hear of an issue being addressed in a reasonable, straightforward manner. Our thanks to Mr. Phelps for bringing the issue forward, and to Mr. Phillips for his willingness to make the situation better.

In short: We could all take a lesson in problem solving from Mr. Phelps and Mr. Phillips. Are you listening, Juneau and Washington, D.C.?

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