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By Sue McClure
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Boro continues work on fish protection

KPB Assembly Report


With over 90 people providing public testimony on the two anadromous fish habitat protection ordinances, this week’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting lasted until midnight. People filled the chambers and two conference rooms to testify on Ordinance 2013-12, intended to repeal Ordinance 2012-11 which extended anadromous fish protection to water bodies throughout most of the borough. Also included for repeal was subsidiary Ordinance 2013-18 which resulted from the Anadromous Fish Protection Task Force and modifies 2012-11.

After testimony and discussion, Ordinance 2013-12 was defeated 6-3. Three more testified on the next ordinance, and assembly members voted to postpone discussion and vote until the July 2 meeting, as the mandatory ending time was approaching. There will be no more public hearing on the repeal ordinance, just assembly discussion and a vote.

The assembly also postponed a resolution sponsored by Assemblyman Brent Johnson to provide for an advisory vote in the fall election asking if the borough should continue to support CARTS (Central Area Rural Transit System). We gave $25,000 to this “non-departmental” in the FY 14 budget. This, the final item on the agenda, was put off until July 2.

The assembly heard a report earlier in the afternoon from Land Management on the municipal land selection process and results. The public can find maps on the borough website showing the lands recommended for selection from the State of Alaska, these being the remaining 27,000 acres of our initial 155,000 acre entitlement. The plan is called ALLIV, A Lands of Local Importance Vision, and is a result of work by the land management department, public input on-line, public meetings and discussions, Advisory Planning Commission work and support from Hope, Cooper Landing and Moose Pass APCs. The Borough Planning Commission will vote on June 24, and then it will be before the assembly’s July 2 meeting.

Three other ordinances were passed by unanimous consent, one accepting the $3.47 million grant from the state for a thermal leachate evaporator unit at the Central Peninsula Landfill. The assembly also introduced for an 8-6 public hearing Ordinance 2013-24, which amends code to provide for appointment by the mayor and confirmation by the assembly of persons to fill vacancies on service area boards. This was deemed necessary as the assembly’s current system is in conflict with state statute.

The next KPB assembly meeting is 6 p.m. July 2 and will be the only July meeting. In addition to voting on Ordinance 2013-18 and the CARTS resolution, public hearings will be held on six other ordinances. Ordinance 2013-19-01 accepts as grant for $100,000 for work on Jacob’s Ladder Drive. Ordinance 2013-20, sponsored by Assemblyman Hal Smalley, would repeal the two-term limit for assembly members. Two ordinances, 2013-21 and 2013-22, authorize sale of borough lands and Ordinance 2013-23 transfers $1673. in residual funds from the abolished Lowell Point Fire Service Area back to the general fund.

As always you can reach me at 224-6784 or The borough’s website, has all meeting information in addition to land selection maps. The assembly’s 6 p.m. regular meetings are broadcast on 88.1FM in the Seward area. You can view maps or get more information at the Seward Annex Office in Seaview Plaza as well.


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