Turn back the pages — Sept. 17, 1987
Compiled by Julie Rosier
Council approves KRXA’s TV proposal — Despite the city manager’s recommendation that the city get out of the television business, City Council voted 6-1 in favor of a contractual agreement with local radio station KRXA to take over operation of the Mt. Wolcott translator. KRXA station manager David Headley spoke for nearly 45 minutes under citizen’s discussion (With prior notice only) attempting to persuade Council to a contract on the translator. The lone dissenting vote was cast by councilmember Bill Noll who said he still had two questions that remained unanswered by the time the vote came around. “Whether or not the license has any other value, is one,” Mr. Noll said. “I want to know if they can take this translator license and have it upgraded to a full-blown transmitter license and moved elsewhere in the state with it.” Mr. Noll said that the $1 price tag Council is willing to sell it for is pretty inexpensive if someone can turn around and create something valuable out of it later. “Plus I wanted to know when the FCC license expires,” he said. “Can they turn around and sell it?” City Manager Ron Garzini stated that the city’s attorney will be drawing up the contract and they will ensure that both of Mr. Noll’s concerns will be prevented from happening.
Scholl: citizens discontent — Mayoral candidate Dr. Dennis Scholl asserted Monday night at the city council meeting that the general attitude of the local citizenry toward local government is one of dissatisfaction, discontent and frustration. “I’m speaking about citizen participation in local government,” he stated. “I assert that the prevailing attitude in Seward and the surrounding areas toward Seward government is not good. There are sentiments that you as councilmembers have in part created, although I believe unknowingly and unintentionally. I realize that when a political path, a course of government action has been moving on, when you’re on ‘a roll’ such as industrial and economic development, other matters can be lost in the dust of steamrolling success.” Dr. Scholl made his statement under the citizens’ discussion (With prior notice only) heading of the city council agenda. He stated he was speaking from the viewpoint of primarily a citizen, as a professional doctor of psychology and as a mayoral candidate. “I understand well this is not the arena for campaigning,” he said, then stated he thought his comments would be free of “rhetoric,” but that they would be political. “They are political because they involve the exercise of power and influence, and any action, any exercise of power that effects citizens is political.
Borough votes $1,341,707 for schools — The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is now $1,341,202 better off following the borough assembly’s 11-3 vote Tuesday evening. That means the school district should be able to hire back nearly 20 teachers laid off last spring, cover the expected $375-$400,000 shortfall in state funding, and add $30,000 to the hazardous bus route budget if the school board approves the district’s recommendations next Monday night at a meeting in Soldotna. The meeting was packed with teachers and public prepared to offer testimony in favor of injecting the money back into the school budget. Public input started at around 8:15 p.m. and lasted until nearly 11:30 p.m ., the borough clerk stated. The ordinance originally submitted by assembly president Jonathan Sewall, Seward, two weeks ago would have awarded the district nearly $2.3 million. It was then pared to $880,000. It was amended again Tuesday evening to $2,453,090 by Dave Carey, Sterling, but later reduced to $341,707 with an amendment submitted by Francis Moore, Sterling. Mr. Carey’s budget included funding for support staff, i.e ., restoration and extracurricular activities.
Girl Scouts organizational meeting scheduled for November 6 — The Seward Girl Scout program will begin in November this year for all girls in kindergarten through grade 12. The girls explore Five Worlds of Interest, earn various badges and awards, learn to make decisions, do service projects, make crafts and have new and different experiences. Most of all they have fun! All interested girls are invited to attend the first meeting on Friday, Nov. 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the basement of the firehall. Girl Scouts are divided into five age groups: Daisies, age 5 or in kindergarten; Brownies ages 6-8 or in grades 1-3; Juniors, ages 9-11 or in grades 4-6; Cadettes, ages 12 -14 or in grades 7-9 and Seniors, ages 14-17, grades 9-12. The goals in Girl Scouting are: 1) Deepening awareness of self as a unique person of worth. 2) Relating to others with increasing skills, maturity and satisfaction. 3) Developing values to give meaning and direction to her life. 4) Contributing to the betterment of her society through the use of her own talents, and in cooperative effort with others through service.