Knackstedt: Council should make better use of advisory panels

  • By Henry Knackstedt
  • Tuesday, September 30, 2014 9:38pm
  • Opinion

The city council needs to utilize to their fullest extent the men and woman who volunteer for the City of Kenai commissions and committees. Decisions are being made by council without benefit of the commissions that have the first hand knowledge of the subject. I believe working directly with the commissions will provide the best solutions to many of the city issues. As city councilman I would work with commissions, and also with city administration, to provide the most considered and complete legislation before presenting it to council.

It is my intent to work through the City Manager’s office to see the Kenai bluff erosion project completed. With the bluff stabilized, properties such as Millennium Square and many smaller lots within and adjacent to the Historical District would become desirable for development, reconstruction, and renovation. With the expected renewed interest in Old-Town, a city center-like area could be created which would be an attraction for residents and tourists.

I am very excited about the prospects of oil and gas development, and the potential for a natural gas pipeline virtually in our back yard. The City will benefit greatly from the opportunity available to us. We can and should encourage responsible oil and gas industry support businesses in appropriate locations.

Our city is in need of a community biking/walkability plan to map existing and proposed routes between city parks and other destinations, such as local businesses, points of interest, and the beach. The plan could showcase city assets, and identify needed walks or paths between destinations. With a plan like this in place, grants can be secured to pay for new trails and walkways. This is a long range vision of mine for our city.

I would very much appreciate your vote on October 7th.

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