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By Robert Reisner
Clear Creek 

Reisner runs for SBCFSA

Letter to the editor

 


Greetings again my fellow citizens, on Aug. 7 I attended theta KPB assembly meeting in Soldatna. Two ordinances were about the SBCFSA situation and this is why I attended.

I spoke during public comments on Ordinance #2012-19-16 “Approving the Acquisition of Real Property Along Salmon Creek for Flood Mitigation and Appropriating 27,000 From SBCFSA for the Acquisition of Four Parcels and Approving a Contribution From The Conservation Fund For The Acquisition of Of Five Additional Parcels.” When I spoke I supported this ordinance so that streamed mitigation may be feasible on the Salmon Creek Watershed. This ordinance also establishes several parcels for estuary habitat that is now seriously needed. After I spoke, KPB Mayor Mike Navarre agreed and informed the borough assembly that annual mitigation is necessary and he would seek additional funding from the Alaskan Legislature.

The other ordinance #2012-28 “Amending KPB 16.50.030 To Provide That All Seats Of The SBCFSA Shall Be Filled By residents Of The Service Area And Eliminating The Requirement That Four Of The Seats Be Residents Of The City Of Seward And Three Be Residents Of The Rest Of The Service Area.” This ordinance was approved by all KPB Assembly members.

During the mid meeting 10-minute halftime break KPB Mayor Mike Navarre spoke with me and was greatly pleased by my attendance and knowledge. I have to say that Seward received two home runs on that night! KPB Mayor Mike Navarre for Ordinance 2012-19-16 and our KPB Representative Sue McClure for Ordinance 2012-28. Both greatly represented our community’s needs that affects a wide range of issues.

So with the passing of Ordinance 2012-28, I will now throw my hat into the ring to better support the citizens through the SBCFSA to lessen flood-risk and bedlam impact upon our environment, public and private infrastructure, economic impact upon many if not all directly or indirectly.

Since March 2007, I’ve attended more SBCFSA meetings than all other citizens, read the reports, plans and studies in the SBCFSA office, Attended many meetings with the various departments involved with flood issues, and have read their rules and regulations, I’ve walked every stream from mouth to source (speaking to many of you and listening to your concerns), delivered bed load material to DNR’s Anchorage Office (previous article), have written several articles for the LOG in order to get information out to you, and have written dozens of letters to government officials to the point… where I feel I’ve descended into one of the circles of hell. Some of you make think this shows an iron will or perhaps grit, maybe it’s the perseverance of an idiot.

I would appreciate your vote for Seat B of the SBCFSA in the upcoming election. Whether or not I am elected I will continue the fight for you.

— Robert S. “Bob” Reisner, Clear Creek

 

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