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Forward thinking key for Kennedy
POULSBO While city council candidate Stan Kennedy is pleased with the citys recent move to plan for its future, he believes it should have been done earlier.
Kennedy, who has a background in engineering and strategic planning, is running against incumbent Ed Stern for Position 6.
Im very forward thinking and I dont think the city has always prepared itself for whats coming, Kennedy said.
An example of this issue is the upcoming widening of State Route 305 and the apparent lack of planned alternate routes once construction begins, he said.
Whats going to happen with that traffic, he asked. Why didnt we talk to the sheriffs office, state patrol and our traffic engineer? Things arent going to get any better.
Downtown parking is another issue that the current council has failed to adequately address, he said.
There are solutions within the constraints of real estate and budget, and I dont think the present council has risen to that occasion until recently, he said.
Many people either spend a lot of time looking for parking or choose not to come downtown for that reason, Kennedy explained.
I have a vision of people milling around downtown at 9 p.m. with little shops and cafes being open, but thats not going to happen until theres parking, he said.
The closure of the Marine Science Center is another issue Kennedy wants to continue exploring if elected to the council.
Why was the Marine Science Center allowed to fail, because I think it was wonderful, he said.
As a boater, Kennedy said he would like to see the city work to improve its relationship with the Port of Poulsbo.
I love Liberty Bay and I consider Poulsbo one of the best destinations around, he explained, putting Poulsbo near the ranks of Friday Harbor and Victoria, B.C. as far as boating destinations go.
With the citys recent annexation blitz, Poulsbo needs to focus on ensuring it has enough a revenue stream to support that growth, he said.
Theres really a finite order that we can annex up to and we cant go beyond that, he said. Growth has to pay for growth.
In the end, his reason for running for council stems from his love of the city, he explained.
I love Poulsbo and want that opportunity to give something back, Kennedy said.