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Navarre: Bluff erosion top issue facing city of Kenai

1. What is the biggest issue facing the City of Kenai right now, and how do you think the council can address that issue?

Navarre: The bluff erosion between the canneries and Old Town Kenai has been a problem for decades. The City is finalizing the feasibility study with the Corps of Engineers, and has already identified its $14 million match needed for the $40 million dollar project. By completing this study we can then move ahead to the actual work needed to address this crucial issue.

2. How has your background prepared you to serve on City Council?

Navarre: I was raised in Kenai, and spent most of my life here. I’ve represented the City of Kenai as an elected member of the Borough Assembly, presently serve on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board representing the Kenai District, and currently serve on the City of Kenai Planning & Zoning Commission.

3. With the comprehensive plan under way and the current look at land use, what do you think Kenai will look like 20 years from now? What does the city need to do to get there?

Navarre: Rather than forcing my views upon others, what I’m really looking forward to; is hearing from everyone else in the process, and what their ideas are.  By working together, we will craft a plan that reflects the ideas of all the residents, ensuring that Kenai will continue to be a great place to live, work, and play.

4. Do you think the council is doing a good job listening to and addressing concerns of residents?

Navarre: Generally, yes. Communication with the residents is key to good public policy, both in one’s official capacity as a Council member, and as a member of the community. The council itself needs to strive to work together better and find common ground to solve problems.

5. Are there any changes that you’d like to see to the way the dipnet fishery is managed?

Navarre: The City has taken a number of steps to address this state fishery and the problems it has created, including installing fish cleaning stations, fish waste disposal, and summer hire for enforcement and harvest compliance.

Even with these measures, fish waste left on the beach is by far the biggest problem.

Since ninety three percent of the dipnet participants do not even reside in the City of Kenai, or even the Kenai Peninsula Borough, this heavy toll on the city’s resources should be offset by the fees collected.

The state needs to take more ownership of the problems it has create for the city.