CITY OF KENAI: RESOLUTION NO. 2018-59

A RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF KENAI, ALASKA, OPPOSING BALLOT MEASURE 1, AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE PROTECTION OF WILD SALMON AND FISH AND WILDLIFE HABITAT.

WHEREAS, the City of Kenai is committed to protecting fish and wildlife habitat and recognizes that many of its residents are dependent on the annual return of salmon to the Kenai River and other nearby rivers; and,

WHEREAS, the City of Kenai strongly encourages science based fisheries utilization and habitat protection efforts; and,

WHEREAS, while Ballot Measure 1, An Act Providing for the Protection of Wild Salmon and Fish and Wildlife Habitat is intended to strengthen protection for salmon and other fish and wildlife habitat, it’s potential impact on projects affecting the City are unclear and disputed by proponents and opponents of the initiative; and,

WHEREAS, it is unclear what impact Ballot Measure 1 would have on the City’s number one capital priority, the Kenai Bluff Stabilization Project, and other important infrastructure improvements including roads and a Liquefied Natural Gas pipeline with a terminus in Nikiski; and,

WHEREAS, the City has spent decades and significant funds attempting to move the Kenai Bluff Stabilization Project to fruition; and,

WHEREAS, increased permitting requirements could delay or otherwise impact important proposed capital projects within and affecting the City; and,

WHEREAS, because rules and regulations required to implement the Act have not been developed or defined, the full and true impact to the City of Kenai cannot be determined at this time.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF KENAI, ALASKA:

Section 1. That the Kenai City Council Opposes Ballot Measure 1, An Act Providing for the Protection of Wild Salmon and Fish and Wildlife Habitat.

Section 2. That this resolution takes effect immediately upon passage.

ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF KENAI, ALASKA, this 17 day of October, 2018.

Lizzie Rosen