Mike Boyle: Listen to individual citizens

  • By Mike Boyle
  • Monday, September 28, 2015 9:07pm
  • Opinion

I have no specific agenda in running for City Council. I believe that the most important and basic part of city government is the individual citizen. It is the citizen’s input that is most important when making decisions as a Council Member. My past years on the Council show a proven record of listening to citizens and reacting to their concerns. Both referenda in the recent past (the rezone and the Comprehensive Plan) overturned legislation that I voted against. The suspension of boat launch fees at the city dock was also a result of legislation I introduced after discussions with many concerned citizens. It took three attempts, but the citizens’ wishes were finally granted. Although it failed, the ordinance for home owners to keep laying hens for the gathering of eggs was introduced after a number of residents expressed a desire to do so. I listen and act based on what I hear and “good old fashioned” common sense.

On the issue of the three ballot propositions:

Proposition One — I see no need to have Council Members run for designated seats. The population is not large enough to make this feasible. If this race were being run with designated seats, one of the candidates would be running unopposed, thus, someone would be getting a free ride without a need to campaign. This is legislation for its own sake.

Proposition Two — Two meetings a month is not unreasonable. In fact, it is entirely appropriate that citizens should count on being able to see and speak to their Council at least twice a month. Twice a month is not too much to ask of someone seeking this office.

Proposition Three — It is not a hardship to gather 20 signatures to get nominated to office. It is not unreasonable for a citizen wishing to hold an office to speak to 20 people that will support a bid to run.

I am asking for your support on Tuesday, October 6th when you go to the polls to select representatives to do your City business for you. I will listen and be attentive to the wishes and needs based on citizen input. I bring no personal agenda based on what myself or others want, but only one of doing the business of the people as directed by the people.

If you have any questions, feel free to call or email: 283-0820, Mboyle@alaskan.com.

Thank you.

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