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

By Sue McClure
For The LOG 

Borough assembly approves bonds for special clinic

 


One resolution dominated the public input and discussion of the Oct. 21 meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. It was Resolution 2013-072, providing for the issuance of up to $43 million in revenue bonds for a specialty clinic planned by the Central Peninsula Hospital. Although the plan has been in the works for years and the assembly has previously passed an ordinance and two resolutions supporting the funding, public concern remained.

After two hours of public testimony and assembly discussion, in addition to many emails received by the assembly, the members voted to approve the resolution 7-2. Assembly members Wayne Ogle and Kelly Wolf voted against. Before the final vote, an attempt to postpone was defeated by the same margin.

The one ordinance on the agenda that was up for public hearing was tabled by administration request. This was Ordinance 2013-19-19 approving consolidation of all of the 911 dispatchers to borough employment. The measure was tabled pending finalization of the agreement.

Prior to the above actions, the KPB Assembly held an election for president and vice-president of the assembly. Hal Smalley (Kenai) was elected president, and Bill Smith (Homer) vice-president. New committee assignments were made as well, and I am now chair of Policies and Procedures.

Mayor Navarre proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In his report, he discussed the high ground-water situation on Kalifornsky Beach, and the efforts to deal with that. Agrium has applied to DEC for permits, which might indicate re-opening of the plant. There are other positive economic signs in the borough as well.

The next meeting of the KPB Assembly is 6 p.m., Nov. 5. As usual the meeting will be broadcast on the radio, and the agenda will be available on the borough’s website http://www.borough.kenai.ak.us. That meeting looks like a fairly light agenda as well, and will be the only meeting in November.

Seward Annex Office in Sea View Plaza has information on borough business, and Seward Bear Creek Flood Service Area office in that same building can help with flood and flood insurance information. I can be reached at 224-6784 or smcclure@borough.kenai.ak.us.

 

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