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By Sue McClure
For The LOG 

Borough targets land selection, federal projects

KPB Assembly Report


The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly had no ordinances for public hearing at the Jan. 22 meeting. However, we were given two important presentations at the lands committee meeting in the afternoon, and also at the evening meeting. Marcus Mueller, KPB land manager, gave the assembly an update on the municipal entitlement land selection process. This ongoing process is getting us closer to selecting the remaining land that the borough is entitled to select from the State of Alaska.

To participate in this process, go to the borough website at and access the project information and participation section. The selections are outlined on interactive maps, and the public can make comments and suggestions on lands to select and what the potential uses might be.

The assembly also heard an update on the status of the Cooper Landing highway bypass, given by a consultant for DOT. We were shown four possible alternatives, and given a timeline of perhaps one more year before public hearings and input would be solicited. The website for more information and the maps is

The assembly also heard the quarterly report from Central Peninsula Hospital, at the regular meeting.

The assembly passed three resolutions on the consent agenda. Resolution 2013-006 establishes the federal legislative and funding priorities for fiscal year 2014. For federal projects, the assembly list only two for the borough, the first being the Cooper Landing bypass project, and the second asking of a total of $4.2 million for flood mitigation and management projects in the Seward Bear Creek Flood Service Area. The three federal transportation projects, in prioritized order are Road Service Area upgrades, Road Service Area paved approaches, and $18 million for improving Lowell Point Road. The booklet also includes the federal requests from the cities in the borough.

The assembly moved to public hearing on Feb. 5 an ordinance appropriating an additional $40,000 for updating of the spill prevention plans. Ordinance 2013-04 was also moved to public hearing on Feb. 19. This would repeal the requirement that the assembly approve administrative position job descriptions, basically undoing a 2009 action by the assembly.

The next KPB assembly meeting is on Feb. 5, when Ordinance 2012-19-42 will be heard, authorizing $3.3 million for design services for the Central Peninsula Hospital medical office building project. Also a public hearing on Ordinance 2013-01 will be held, amending code to change assembly meeting start time from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m.

As always, you can reach me at, or 224-6784. Great information can be obtained at the Seward Annex Office or the Flood Service Area Office, both in Seaview Plaza in Seward.


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