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By Sue McClure
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Assembly passes fish protection regulations

KPB Assembly Report


The Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly met on July 2 for its only meeting this month. The meeting lasted almost as long as the previous one, which is to say that it was much longer than usual. The assembly had nine ordinances for public hearing, one ordinance carried over from the last meeting to discuss and vote on, and also one resolution to discuss and vote upon. In public presentations, the assembly heard a 10-minute presentation from citizen James Price on the initiative process.

Ordinance 2013-18, which repeals provisions of KPB Ordinance 2011-12, and adopts the amendments suggested by the Anadromous Fish Protection Task Force, consumed the bulk of the meeting time. At the June 18 meeting the assembly defeated, by a 6-3 vote, a repeal of 2011-12. The assembly received around five hours of public testimony at that meeting on both the repeal ordinance and Ordinance 2013-18, but ran out of time to discuss and vote. It was decided at that meeting to postpone the vote to the July 2 meeting, without further public testimony.

Several attempts by Assembly Member Kelly Wolf, first to allow more public hearing, then to postpone further, then to have a two-year sunset clause, were defeated. The latter two were turned down by a 7-2 vote after an hour of discussion overall. Ordinance 2013-18 was passed by a 6-3 vote, with Wolf, Charlie Pierce, and Ray Tauriainen voting no.

Next, the assembly voted to postpone Resolution 2013-056, sponsored by Brent Johnson and also carried over from the June 18 meeting, which would provide for an advisory vote on defunding the Central Area Rural Transit System. It will be heard at the Aug. 6 meeting.

The nine ordinances that were scheduled for hearing were then addressed. Ordinance 2013-19-01, accepting a grant of $100,000 from the state to do work at Jacob’s Ladder Drive, was postponed to the Aug. 20 meeting as another site is being considered for repair. Ordinance 2013-20 sponsored by Hal Smalley, which would repeal the current two-term limit for assembly members, received some testimony and then several amendments.

Wolf proposed an amendment that would make it not apply to current members which was defeated 7-2. Smalley moved to postpone which was defeated 7-2. Then President Murphy proposed to put it to an advisory vote of the public in the October election, and then postpone the assembly vote on that to the Aug. 6 meeting. Both of those proposals were accepted, 7-2 and 6-3. The assembly will take up Ordinance 2013-20 again at the Aug. 6 meeting, with the proper wording for the ballot language.

Two land sale ordinances were unanimously approved. Ordinance 2013-23, moving the final money, $1673, in the abolished Lowell Point Fire Service Area account to the general fund was approved unanimously. Also, an ordinance reducing the interest rate and penalties for delinquent sales taxes was passed unanimously.

The KPB Assembly introduced nine ordinances for public hearing on Aug 6. Among those is Ordinance 2013-19-06 which accepts $1 million from the state for the Seward Bear Creek Flood Service Area for flood mitigation projects. Ordinance 2013-28 presents a General Obligation Bond proposal for the October election, not to exceed nearly $23 million, for Phase II of the school roof replacement project. This will involve a 70 percent forgiveness from the state, similar to the Phase I bond proposal. Ordinance 2013-29, sponsored by Mayor Mike Navarre and myself, will adopt the FEMA flood maps for the Seward area, and also repeal the sunset clause for the Seward Mapped Flood Data Area.

There were also several resolutions passed on the consent agenda. One, resolution 2013-054, supports the final municipal land entitlement selections. This is the result of a long process of public input, which now will be presented to the state, requesting the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s final 27,000 acres of entitled land.

The assembly approved five reappointments to the Borough Planning Commission including Sandra Holsten for the East Peninsula representative.

The next meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is Aug. 6 and we have another busy agenda. In addition to those ordinances mentioned above there is a public hearing scheduled on Ordinance 2013-24, amending code to provide that members on service area boards to fill vacancies must be appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the assembly. I will have an amendment to that allowing for a list of suggested names to first be presented to the mayor.

As always the KPB assembly meetings are broadcast on KDLL Kenai at 91.9 FM and, in Seward on 88.1 FM. I can be reached at 224-6784 or The borough’s website is The Seward Annex office in Seaview Plaza is a source of information as well.


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