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Posted: Friday, September 7, 2012 11:47 pm | Updated: 11:21 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

Sept. 7, 2012

To the editor:

As commissioner for the College Road Service Area the past two years, I have learned a lot about our current borough administration. The differences in what the commission is allowed to do now verses what it could do in 20 years ago, when I last served, is tremendous. The most important conclusion I have arrived at is that we need a mayor who understands and endorses the service area concept in our borough.

The ability for citizens living in each service area to maintain their roads as they see fit and are willing to pay for is a fundamental design of our borough type of government. A mayor who is willing to work with the commissions to achieve the common goals of safety and maintenance at a level that service areas desire is essential for the system to work.

I believe Norm Phillips would be that mayor. The current administration has cost our service area tens of thousands of dollars for required studies and approximately two years delay in obtaining speed humps on Birch Lane, a project we could have completed in two weeks for $12,000.

The absence of communication and cooperation with the existing administration prompted me to meet with Mr. Phillips and discuss these issues. He understands that requiring more studies and excess engineering only adds to costs and does not get the job done.

Average citizens do have common sense, and Mr. Phillips’ philosophy of bringing people together to work for common goals would be a great asset to this borough. We also discussed energy issues such as the advantages of a source of low-cost propane gas, shipping natural gas by railroad, the Healy clean coal power plant, etc. He is knowledgeable and concerned about our drastic need for affordable energy.

I believe he will work hard to achieve these goals to make the Fairbanks North Star Borough an affordable community to live in.

I urge you to vote Norm Phillips on Oct. 2. Please take the time to vote.

Dan Portwine

Fairbanks

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