Integrity and Ethical Behavior
By Jon T. Van Essen
May 02, 2006
First of all I'd like to apologize to Lynne Miller for not emphasizing
how much my wife and I enjoy living in Bear Valley and how glad
we are to have neighbors such as you to stand together to fight
for what we believe is right for our neighborhood.
Ms. McColley, I would like to apologize to you as well for misstating
the appeal fee, but it is a fee just the same. As much as I
searched the Borough's web site I could not find the Rules and
Procedures you stated in your response. What I did find in the
Borough's Code of Ordinances under Title 35 Section 35.20.065
Meetings public: notice and rules of order Paragraph (a) All
meetings of the planning commission shall be open to the public.
The commission shall provide reasonable notice for all public
meetings and shall provide reasonable opportunity for the public
to be heard at public meetings. I did ask Mr. Lappin as to why
we were not allowed to speak and he did not direct me to the
rules you stated, but did say we could appeal the decision of
the commission. The notice I received for the Meeting of 25
Apr 2006 was the same as every other notice I received concerning
this Issue. I have written my concerns and have addressed the
commission in person as well. So I ll ask the question again,
why were my neighbors and I not allowed to address the Commission?
If your response is that reasonable opportunity means I have
to write my comments on the notice and send it in, apparently
the commission does not read them.
You stated that the reconsiderations were filed by members of
the prevailing side, Who? Mr. Johnson (Bicknell inc.) or one
of the commission members. I believe the vote was unanimous
against the asphalt plant during the meeting of 11 Apr 2006.
Again I believe Mr. Lybrand should have had to file an appeal
as you pointed out to me in the first paragraph of your response
dated 28 Apr, 2006. If you're referring to Mr. Johnson, I'll
note he is not listed as the person applying for the permit.
He gave public comment on the evening of 11 Apr, as a member
of the public like many of my neighbors and myself. Commission
member Sande stated at the meeting of the 25th that Mr. Johnson
had conversed with him on the 12th stating he only needed to
operate the plant a few more days in order to complete the Tongass
Ave project. He (Mr. Johnson) stated this during the public
comment portion of the meeting on the 11th , again why was he
allowed to provide additional comments (which weren't really
additional just a repeat of what he stated the night before)
and we the residents of Bear Valley were not? (Unless we put
it in writing only).
This will be my last letter to Sitnews in regards to this issue,
and I bear no disrespect or grudges towards the commission.
I only feel it is right that I speak out as to what my interpretation
of how my local government is looking out for it Citizens. I
have received extensive training in ethics during my career and
the one thing that is always beat into my head is that somethings
don't always have to be unethical, just appear unethical.
Jon T. Van Essen
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: Jon T. Van Essen served 21 plus years Active Duty in
the Coast Guard with 5 Tours of duty in Alaska and 3 in Ketchikan.
He is retiring this summer in Ketchikan.
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- Ketchikan, AK - USA
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