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By Sue McClure
For The LOG 

Assembly approves Seward area flood mitigation funding

Boro Report


At the first meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in five weeks, public hearings were held one resolution, 11 ordinances and two substitute ordinances. Of local importance, Ordinance 2013-19-06 passed unanimously, accepting $1 million from the State of Alaska on behalf of the Seward Bear Creek Flood Service Area for upcoming mitigation projects. The Flood Board will hold a public work session at 6 p.m., Aug. 19 at Seaview Plaza to discuss possible projects.

Considerable time was spent with Ordinance 2013-20 and its two substitutes. The original, sponsored by Assembly Member Hal Smalley, would repeal the term limits of assembly members. This was changed with Linda Murphy’s substitute, which would put the repeal question on the Oct. 1 ballot. This passed, 6-3, with Ray Tauriainen, Kelly Wolf and Charlie Pierce voting against. Attempts were then made to amend the Bill Smith substitute, which would put two questions on the ballot: whether to repeal term limits, and also whether to keep the two-term limit or change it to three terms. The attempted amendments failed, and ultimately the Smith substitute of the ordinance passed 7-2 with Wolf and Pierce voting against. So there will be two questions on the ballot Oct. 1.

Ordinance 2013-24, amending code to provide that members of the board of equalization and service area board members appointed to fill vacancies be appointed by Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre and approved by the assembly passed unanimously, after unanimous passage of an amendment provided by myself, which states that Navarre shall consider recommendations by the seated board members when appointing replacements.

The assembly approved a bond question for the Oct. 1 ballot for issuance of $23 million in general obligation bonds (with 70 percent reimbursement by the state) for school improvements. This will include the rest of the school roof replacements and turf for the Homer field.

Ordinance 2013-29, sponsored by Sue McClure and Navarre, passed unanimously. This ordinance adopts the FEMA flood maps, and also repeals the sunset clause of the Seward Mapped Flood Data Area.

After considerable input and discussion the assembly defeated Resolution 2013-06, sponsored by Brent Johnson, by an 8-1 vote. The resolution would have put an advisory vote on the ballot asking if the borough should continue to support the Central Area Rural Transit System (CARTS). Currently the borough provides $25,000 annually to CARTS.

Prior to the public hearings, the assembly heard a presentation by Linda Swarner on buying local produce and food products. The quarterly report from Central Peninsula Hospital was also presented.

Mayor Navarre provided as part of his report a paper on potential animal protection possibilities in the unincorporated areas of the borough. McClure requested that this be placed on the borough website for public viewing. Navarre has concluded that it is not feasible for the borough to do animal protection at this time.

A batch of resolutions and ordinances were moved to public hearing, all on the consent agenda. These include Ordinance 2013-19-12 which accepts the $545,400 from the state for the Community Revenue Sharing Program. Each of the 27 qualified communities will receive the same amount as last year (including Lowell Point, Moose Pass, Cooper Landing, Hope among others). Public hearing will be at the Sept. 3 meeting.

The next assembly meeting is at 6 p.m., Aug. 20, and it looks like a very light agenda.

As always, I can be reached at 224-6784 or The borough website is, and the Seward Annex Office in the Seaview Plaza is a great source of information and help. Also, today, Aug. 15 is the deadline for filing for Service Area Board seats, and there are seats up for election on the Seward Bear Creek Flood Service Area Board and Bear Creek Fire Service Area Board. Packets are available at the Seward Annex Office.


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