Ward Cove Land Scheme
by Robert D. Warner
August 02, 2004
Thank you Mr. Bolling for your
frank letter about the Ward Cove Land scheme. Borough taxpayers
continue to be at the mercy of special interest groups and face
ever increasing tax increases and fees. Yes, isn't it ironic
that two members of the "gang of four" on the assembly
are running for state offices?
At a minimum, this Borough land trade should go to a public vote
for approval or rejection. This clearly represents a decision
that should be decided by the people rather than the Assembly.
Why do these four assembly members fear the voice of the
people? Why do they force residents to pay more for essential
services such as fire protection, sewer services and transportation?
This summer, citizens and visitors even have to wait longer for
a trip to the airport as one of the ferries is tied up at the
dock out of service.
This "arts center" is likely to become a future
drain for taxpayers in my opinion. Let's be realistic, would
it actually ever make money or break even? If it did,
why don't private business and/or special interest
non profit groups provide funds for the purchase of land, construction,
and facility operations? Has anyone taken a look at the
property to be gained in this trade? Where are people going
to park in this overcrowded area of the city? Are we going
to ask the public to build and pay for a expensive parking garage?
The land being "given away" at Ward Cove is also open
to many unanswered questions. It was once used for log
and product storage as well as employee parking when the mill
was operating. Where will these activities be relocated
if the veneer plant was ever to reopen? The questions go
on and on with few if any answers.
Thank you again Mr. Bolling for bringing this important issue
to our attention.
Robert D. Warner
Ketchikan, AK - USA
Re: Land Swap
Issue by Walter Bolling
- Ketchikan, AK
Cove Land Swap by Walt
Bolling - Ketchikan, AK
Mayor vetoes arts
swap vote ...
Ketchikan Daily News - August 01, 2004
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