Boyle: Strength is listening to residents

  • By Mike Boyle
  • Tuesday, September 30, 2014 9:39pm
  • Opinion

I am thankful to the residents of Kenai for the opportunity to serve as a Council Member. Originally and still, the importance of individual public service is my reason for serving on the Council. I am asking to serve one more term.

It has always been my intent to hear and listen to the needs and desires of the individual citizens and respond in the best interest of the City. I feel that this is my strength as a member of the Council. In 2009 and 2011 I voted in the minority against a rezone of the Spur Highway corridor (4-3 vote) and the Comprehensive Plan (6-1 vote). Both of these Council actions were overturned by the citizens in referendums Proposition A and Proposition 1. My votes were based on public testimony and the comments made by citizens throughout the process. My votes also show that I will take a stand on the issues and be a voice even if not the popular one.

At the request of residents, I have introduced legislation over the years. After seven years and three attempts, residents finally have free launch access at the city dock outside of the dipnet season. This came about by persistence and a willingness to find solutions to legal and other types of issues. While it is still not permissible by code, to raise chickens for egg production in the backyards of Kenai, this legislation was brought forth by me after many discussions with residents that wished to be able to do so. As a member of your City Council, I will listen and react to your questions and comments.

My answers to the Q&A will give more insight to my views on current issues of the City.

I thank you for your support and ask you for your vote once again. It has been a pleasure to serve as your Council Member.

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