Anadromous Streams Ordinance Passes

Posted: July 3, 2013 at 7:00 am

Debate got personal last night as the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly took up the Anadromous Streams Ordinance for a vote. Members took aim at one another…

 

Asm. Wolf(K-Beach): “Is that what you folks want? Knock yourself out. This is wrong. This is a bad law.

Asm. Smith(Homer): “To assert that I have a conflict, because of my duties here, I just think that that’s absurd to have that assertion

Assy. President Murphy(Soldotna): “Do you have five or six pages as well?”

The Department of Fish and Game…

 

Asm. Pierce(Sterling): “You talk about Fish & Game, they’re doing such a wonderful job, well I’ve got to tell you, I went clam digging this year, and I was embarrassed  I shouldn’t have been there. I should have put every one of them back.”

 

And voters…

 

Asm. McClure(Seward): “I’ve listened to the same people over and over and over and over say the same things and get pretty nasty and accusing of us, to us…”

Asm. Pierce(Sterling): “And start voicing your opinions more. Start participating more in your government, because if you stay at home and you stay on the couch and you ignore it, you get what you deserve.”

 

An attempt to postpone the Ordinance for more public hearing was met with a stalemate: only Members Wolf and Pierce were in favor. Making up for the absence of public testimony, members spent over an hour and a half adding their own take on the long-running issue.

 

And so…

 

Blankenship: “Vote is 6 yes, 3 no. The no votes were cast by Mr. Wolf, Mr. Pierce and Mr. Tauriainen.”

 

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5 Comments to “Anadromous Streams Ordinance Passes”

  • Ed Martin Jr says:

    Not Surprising the same whom pass it originally and who dishonored their Oath of Office once again! Kelly, Charlie, and Ray get my respect….

  • Joe Mitchell says:

    I’m glad there’s finally some conclusion to this dramafest. Certain Assemblymembers have encouraged the worst behaviours amongst themselves and the general public. This spectacle was an embarrassment to the citizens of the Borough.

    I applaud the Assemblymembers that voted to get this done and over with last night.

  • SWEETIE says:

    Well said, Joe!
    This will go down in history as an important CONSERVATION measure. Hopefully it will be enforced, but I am not optomistic.

  • Bill and Samon Arnold says:

    Time is overdue to do an referendum by the voters to dissolve the borough in its totality. The assembly will not be able to come back in 2 years to negate a dissolution because they will be history as well. At last count we have 160 muni governments in Alaska for a population of 710,000. We only require 1 government within the State of Alaska. Some school districts in the lower 48 have a pupil population of around 710,000. ( 1 school district) We are “top” heavy with government in Alaska.

  • Tim says:

    This is not over yet. This is truly a big waste of taxpayer’s money.