Story last updated at 4:46 p.m. Thursday, October 17, 2002

KESA board standing up for residents
Homer residents got another look at democracy in action with a recent decision by the Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board.

Longstanding plans for a new firehouse near McNeil Canyon have been overseen admirably by the elected board. At a recent meeting, where plans for the new facility were unveiled, the board did not hesitate in the least in sending the architect back to the drawing board. Rather than taking the path of least resistance and simply accepting the expensive plan "as is," the board stood on its own vision of a simplistic, straightforward and utilitarian design for the new station.

In the face of nice but unnecessary frills added by the designer, the board took a firm stand for residents and taxpayers in the service area who will both benefit from the facility and foot the bill for part of it.

Kudos to board members, whose thankless job is often conducted without fanfare, for setting a good example of responsive government in action.

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