The first of a series of town hall style meetings was held Monday evening in Nikiski to discuss the borough’s anadromous stream habitat protection task force’s proposed changes to the controversial borough anadromous stream ordinance. Borough Chief of Staff and Task Force Facilitator, Paul Ostrander said that turn out to the Nikiski Town Hall Meeting was excellent…
Ostrander: “I know we had over 100 people that showed up, not sure how many folks testified, but I’m guessing that 40-50 people testified. You know, I’m hopeful that people feel like they were heard, and their questions were answered honestly, so overall, I think it was a good meeting and certainly a good opportunity for those people to get out and let the task force know how they’re feeling.”
Task Force Member Fred Braun, commented on the overall theme of public comment from the meeting..
Braun: “Theme had to do with the outright taking of private property without proper notification. Of course, the notification process has been, as of January 8th, resolution 2012-39 did, there is a new ordinance on the books at the borough that addresses future notification and the proper way to do it. And of course that does not, affect what’s already in place, but it has certainly helped for the future.”
Braun said that with the exception of certain members of the task force, no one spoke in favor of the ordinance.
The next town hall meeting will be held on;
Monday, March 25, 2013 6:00 PM Anchor Point Senior Center
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 6:00 PM Moose Pass Community Center
You can view the Task Force’s proposed amendments to KPB 21.18 HERE.