The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Sue McClure
For The LOG 

KPB communities receive funds

 


The Sept. 3 meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly lasted less than one hour. There were five ordinances up for public hearing and all passed unanimously without public comment. Ordinance 2012-19-63 recorded state expenditures on behalf of the borough toward unfunded PERS liability, totaling $2.8 million. Ordinance 2013-19-11 authorized use of unused funds for several school district facility projects, including $85,000 for the Seward High welding shop upgrade. The funds come from monies previously planned for the Seward High shop addition, but could not be used due to higher than expected costs for that project.

The KPB Assembly passed the ordinance accepting $545,000 for the community revenue sharing program from the state. This will make available nearly $20,000 to each of the 27 unincorporated communities in the borough. That includes Lowell Point, Moose Pass, Primrose, Crown Point, Cooper Landing, Hope, and part of Sterling, all in District 6. The assembly has scheduled community meetings on the use of these funds, as well as the capital project requests as follows: Sterling (at the elementary school), 7 p.m., Sept. 23, Lowell Point, 9:30 a.m., Sept. 28, Moose Pass, 1 p.m., Sept. 28, Cooper Landing (at the school), 3 p.m., Sept. 28 and Hope, 7 p.m., Sept. 28

Dr. Steve Atwater, school district superintendent, presented the KPBSD quarterly update. He stated that enrollment is continuing downward, with 8,686 students at this time. More continue to come in, and the final tally will be announced in late October. He did say that test scores and graduation rates are up, and we continue to exceed state averages in all areas. Also, Hope and Cooper Landing have enough students to continue.

One ordinance was introduced for public hearing on Oct. 8. Ordinance 2013-19-19 would approve the transition of eight state employees to borough employment in the Soldotna Public Safety Communications Center. This is the 911 public safety center. Mayor Navarre read a proclamation making September National Preparedness Month reminding everyone to make preparations for disasters and emergencies.

There is a borough and local election coming up Oct. 1 with absentee voting beginning Sept. 16. Four borough propositions are on the ballot, and details are on the borough website under “elections” or in the upcoming election pamphlet. Prop. 1 asks whether or not to raise the real property tax exemption for homeowners from $20,000 to $50,000. Prop. 2 is seeking voter approval for a general obligation bond of $22,987,000 for schools (mostly for new roofs) which will be 70 percent paid for by the state. Prop. 3A is a yes or no question on repealing the two (3-year) term limit for assembly members, and Prop 3B isasking whether to change the term limit from two (3-year) to three (3-year) terms. There also are service area board elections and city seats up for election in Seward.

The next regular meeting will be the annual meeting of the KPB Assembly in Homer, on Sept. 17. It will be broadcast locally on 88.1 FM as usual, and the information will be available on the website http://www.borough.kenai.ak.us.

As always, you can reach me at 224-6784 or smcclure@borough.kenai.ak.us. The Seward Annex office in SeaView Plaza is a great place for information as well.

 

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