Story last updated at 3:20 p.m. Thursday, September 12, 2002

Assembly takes good road to Homer
It has been said that the purest form of democracy happens at the local level. In that regard, Homer-area residents get their annual opportunity to see local government in action Tuesday night when the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly comes to town to conduct its twice-a-month meeting.

It's a fine chance for voters to get an up-close look not only at their elected representatives, but also at how the people's business is conducted.

As always, there will be an opportunity for public testimony. No advance registration is required for those interested in airing their concerns, but individual testimony is limited to three minutes.

Among the items on the agenda Tuesday night is the discussion of an expected veto by Borough Mayor Dale Bagley of the recently passed roads ordinance. (See story, page 3.) Sponsored by Homer's own Milli Martin, the ordinance, which would require that new roads be built to borough standards, was passed by a narrow 5-4 vote at the assembly's last meeting.

Supporters -- Homer rep Chris Moss among them -- say the ordinance will prevent homeowners from footing the bill for getting roads up to standard that should've been built that way to begin with.

Bagley contends that the roads ordinance places an unnecessary burden on developers.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in city council chambers at the Homer City Hall. Get out and voice your opinion and be a part of democracy in action.