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OPINION: Unalaskamayor weighs in on recall

November 10th, 2017 | Frank Kelty Print this article   Email this article  

As many of you know, there is a petition being circulated to gather enough signatures for a recall election to be held later this year if the 10 sponsors get the required amount of signatures.

I would like to take a few minutes of your time to respond to the petition and the one allegation that is listed which states, "attempting to sole-source land use agreements at the Unalaska Marine Center." This charge is blatantly false. I did not negotiate any issues or agreements with Matson Navigation Company representatives.

It is a fact that all City of Unalaska negotiations and agreements are handled by the city manager, not by the mayor. The city manager brings negotiated agreements to the city council for approval by resolution. Title 7 of the Unalaska City Code clearly states that all land-use agreements are to be approved by resolution.

The only issue I discussed with a Matson representative was their wish to have the city manager to begin negotiations or to discuss a Preferential Use Agreement (PUA) at the Unalaska Marine Center dock facility. The majority of council and the mayor encouraged the city manager to sit down with Matson and open a dialogue on moving forward with a PUA. The council mentioned this numerous times. We did have Matson make a presentation at the city council at our March 28 meeting. I put this on the meeting agenda and Matson made their case on why they wanted to enter into a PUA and the benefits it would bring to the City of Unalaska.

On July 26, City Manager Dave Martinson and Scott Brown met with Marion Davis and Jennifer Tungul, of Matson. They presented a PUA proposal to the city. I was not at that meeting. I was out of town on vacation, but other council members and I received a copy of the Matson PUA proposal dated Aug. 2, 2017 in early August. This clearly shows that the city administration talked to Matson about a PUA and received their formal proposal.

I would hope that the residents of Unalaska would consider this letter; and why the allegation against me is false. I have served this community in many capacities for over 30 years. I have always served Unalaska with honesty and integrity. I have raised my family here and would ask for your continued support. Please vote no if there is a recall election.

Mayor Frank Kelty


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