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By Sue McClure
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Assembly postpones dispatcher move decision

Boro Report


The first Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting of October was very short, with the one ordinance up for public hearing being postponed to the Oct. 22 meeting due to finalization of pay scale agreements. It is Ordinance 2013-19-19 which approves moving eight state dispatchers to borough employment for the Soldotna Public Safety Communications Center (911).

During committee meetings the KPB Assembly heard an in-depth presentation on the administrative salary schedule and suggestions for revision. A resolution approving the revised salary schedule was approved later in the meeting.

The assembly passed a resolution on the consent agenda certifying the results of the Oct. 1 election. Of interest are the statistics showing a 20.78 percent voter turnout borough-wide, with Seward/Lowell Point showing 22.96 percent, Cooper Landing with 23.92 percent, Moose Pass 21.17 percent and Hope at 18.64 percent.

KPB Proposition 1, the tax exemption increase, passed with 63.39 percent yes votes, Proposition 2, the school bond, passed by 57.33 percent percent and the two term-limit repeal/extension propositions both failed with approximately 71 percent “no” votes.

In his report, Mayor Mike Navarre stated that he met with the governor and presented his top few requests to be in the governor’s budget. These include roads, the Tall Tree Bridge repair, elodea eradication and backup generators for Seldovia. He also attended a community meeting in Nikiski to discuss the North Road extension.

The assembly approved Resolution 2013-071 to provide for issuance and sale of the general obligation bonds approved by the passage of Proposition 2. Also, in an unusual move, the assembly unanimously vetoed a petition to vacate brought by the Planning Commission.

I attended meetings of the five unincorporated communities in our district, discussing revenue sharing plans and capitol improvement priorities on Sept. 23 and 28. It was good to meet new folks in Sterling, and to see my friends in Lowell Point, Moose Pass, Cooper Landing and Hope. I look forward to those annual meetings.

The next borough assembly meeting is at 6 p.m., Oct. 22 in Soldotna. As usual I can be reached at 224-6784 or The Seward Annex office in SeaView Plaza is a great source of information, as is the borough’s website:


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