Letters – Feb. 19

Kachemak Swim Club says ‘thanks’

The 90-plus swimmers of Kachemak Swim Club and their families would like to thank Homer High School for its assistance in helping renovate our team room within the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center. 
Special thanks to CTE instructors Mickey Todd and Cam Wyatt and their students, to the borough maintenance guys, as well as to Homer High Assistant Principal Allison Mall.
Thanks also to all the generous supporters of our upcoming Swim-a-thon, which enables us to operate without exorbitant dues, which already range between $60 and $95 dollars per month for each swimmer. Without your support, we’d be (gulp!) dead in the water. Thank you, Homer.
Dicran Kassouni,
KSC board member

‘Mr. Homer’ candidate donates winnings

We would like to thank our Big Brother, Corey Stewart, for donating his winnings from the Mr. Homer contest to our organization. We would also like to thank the Lions Club for providing prizes for the contest.  
At Big Brothers Big Sisters, we do not charge children and families to participate in the program, so we appreciate every dollar donated.
Thanks also to the organizers of the Homer Winter Carnival and the Mr. Homer contest for providing this fun event for our community and to support our local nonprofits. 
Jenny Martin
Community director

Daycare important, but so is peace and quiet

The Homer Advisory Commission voted against the conditional use permit to build a childcare facility at 560 Noview.
I, like everyone else, feel childcare is important. I feel my neighbors and I are important in the community also. I would like it to be noticed that the plan was for a childcare/preschool facility, six-car unpaved parking lot and playground, all on a 75-foot wide lot —and all five feet from my home. I live in an urban residential zoned area, the less-than-quarter-acre lots were designed for residential homes.
Small Pond childcare is currently located in a residential/business zone on over half an acre, on a corner lot. What had been planned was too large for the small lot at 560 Noview, partially evidenced by the fact that 750 square foot of the playground would have been in the utility easement.
Home values in the area would have also plummeted.
I did say it would be noisy, how could it not be? With 12 hours a day, vehicles coming and going, parking spilling out onto the street, children playing, the extreme proximity to my home and other neighboring properties. When asked by the commissioners if she would consider a wooden fence, Ms. Webster said she would like to stay with the short rope net she has at her current location.
We look forward to one day having a neighbor, and we expect there will be the normal amount of noise from a family. The noise and traffic of a small school with numerous children and adults, however, is not appropriate for this urban residential street. This isn’t Mom watching a few children in her home. It’s an obviously successful, growing business.
I feel this high traffic childcare/preschool facility, with many children and several employees, would be better suited in a business area, on a larger lot; one that could accommodate the large number of children, adults and vehicles coming and going 12 hours a day.
Penny Cramer

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