Here are some of the issues I will work for:
Term limits for city council and Mayor.
Needed to encourage new blood in the city government. Also, incumbency carries with it name recognition, contact, sources of funds, and other advantages new comers son’t have.
Tax or spending cap with changes approved by voters.
With the state budget situation, the city will be receiving less money from the state. W need to make sure the city does not compensate by raising taxes or spending unless those that pay the bill agree. Also, the current administration and council has put the city into a good financial condition, and with a new city manager and council, we need to make sure it stays that way.
Public meeting formats to encourage citizen participation.
The council should answer questions from the public. The public should be allowed to participate in floor debates and discussions.
Use of technology to encourage public participation and to better inform public.
Use of facebook as a TWO-WAY communication with public. Implementation of iLegislate and ecomments. More access to public records on website.
Community Council of residents to advice council.
A business council and separate residents community council to advise the city council. These councils would be formed and run by businesses and residents themselves, not bureaucrats and politicians.
Planning and Zoning Commission that is responsive to neighborhood residents.
Outdoor Event Park – is now the time? Let voters decide.
Neighborhood buffer zones should be maintained, not developed.
Since the 70’s and 80’s the residents have said keep Lawton Acres and the strip of trees along Waker Lane as buffer zones. They have also wanted buffer zones by the airport. The planners and politicians have refused to accept this and have over and over and over tried to reclassify this land to develop it against the objections of the residents. When will the city realize that “NO” means “NO?”
Do we want to be funding nonprofits?
Should we be giving money and land to non profits? The council voted to give a $32,000 piece of land to the Kenai Performers. Did they even try to raise funds to purchase land from the public? If they did and the public did not voluntarily give them the money or land, why should the council. This goes for all non profits that do not provide a service or product in return.
No urban sprawl along Spur Highway.
This is another case where the residents spoke and the planners and politicians refuse to listen. The voters not once, but twice said at the polls they did not want the Spur Highway classe as mixed use or commercial in any way. Yet in the current Comprehensive Plan, the city designated this for future development. NO MEANS NO!!!
Annual review and update of Comprehensive Plan with involvement of residents.
The Planning and Zoning Commission reviews and updates the Comprehensive Plan on a annual basis. This process should be more open to public participation. This can be accomplished by the business and residential community councils and with more public friendly meetings.