By Bobbie McCreary
February 03, 2006
I delivered the following message to the City Council meeting on Thursday evening.
I urge you to provide information to the voting public about the cost projections for the proposed revenue bond issue. It will also be appropriate to make the completed bond application available. Although we were told today that this information would not be available "until later this Spring", it would be much better to have it published as soon as possible so the voters can understand the issue and have time to ask questions. The Newtown Historical District Association, under formation now, has scheduled two meetings this month, Tuesday Feb 7th and Tuesday Feb 21st from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at St. John's Church on Mission Street. These meetings are open to the community. Perhaps you could arrange for someone from the City to attend one of these meetings to provide this information as well as any other information you choose to disseminate and answer questions from the voters.
Secondly I urge you to encourage the Borough to provide a planning process related to the uplands development issues connected with the proposed extension of Berth capacity. As many have already said, without proper planning to address concerns that have been voiced about congestion, parking, view shed and condemnation of private property, not only are our citizens left without a voice, but there is a disaster pending that will affect not just the residents of the Newtown area, but our visiting tourists and the community as a whole.
We want to see the tourist industry's needs met; we want to continue to provide an attractive destination for these people who come and spend money in our town. We want to protect the economic viability of our town. To accommodate the cruise ship tourists, we need to provide better docking capabilities. The city and private parties are recommending new berthing solutions. These solutions require support of the voting public. The voting public needs information to make informed decisions.
Provide the information, work together with the community to plan the future of our town and everybody wins Ketchikan as a desirable place to live and visit.
It seems really clear to me, doesn't it to you?
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