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By Sue McClure
For The LOG 

Assembly OKs flood mitigation projects

Boro Report

 


The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, in its only meeting this month, began with a joint budget work session with KPB School District administration and members of the Board of Education. Superintendent Dr. Steve Atwater presented an overview of the district’s financial outlook, followed by a discussion. With decreasing student numbers and less money expected from the state, the district is proposing to reduce its expenditures by $1.25 million for FY15. There will be a local budget meeting in Seward in February.

The assembly’s committee meetings began at 2 p.m., led off with a presentation from Mikunda Cottrell & Co. on KPB’s annual financials and audit. The audit was reportedly excellent.

At the regular meeting, following a commendation by resolution to the Pop Warner Soldotna Saints Junior Peewee State champions, the assembly heard the quarterly report from the school district and also the quarterly report from South Peninsula Hospital.

In the Mayor’s Report, Mike Navarre stated that individual assistance for the September-October flood victims would be available from Dec. 8-11. Further information is on the borough’s website and hotline and online registration continues until Jan. 17. The hotline hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Applications may be made online at Ready.alaska.gov/IA or by calling 1-855-445-7131.

The assembly had three ordinances up for public hearing. All three were passed, without public comment, by unanimous consent. One, Ordinance 2013-19-22, appropriated nearly $23 million in general obligation bond proceeds to the bond capital projects fund. This is the result of the Nov. 14 sale of the bonds that were approved by voters in October for school roofs and turf fields. The sale rate was 3.65 percent.

A number of resolutions were approved on the consent agenda. Resolution 2013-079 approved the list of flood mitigation projects, totaling $1 million, that were previously selected by the Seward Bear Creek Flood Service Area Board. This is through the grant from the state’s current budget. The project list includes the Dairy Hill drainage contract for the City of Seward. Another, a laydown, authorizes the mayor to apply for assistance for the damage from the October flood/storm event.

Two involved fishing on the west side of the borough. Resolution 2013-082 asks the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to continue the enumeration estimates of sockeye smolt in the Kasilof River. Assembly Member Kelly Wolf, to allow more public testimony, pulled Resolution 2013-081 from the consent agenda. This resolution supports the continuation of set netting in Cook Inlet. Assembly members heard from nearly 20 fishermen, all in favor of the resolution, which then passed by unanimous consent and will be forwarded to the legislature and others.

The next KPB Assembly meeting is at 6 p.m. on Jan. 7 with three ordinances scheduled for public hearing. Ordinance 2013-19-24 appropriates $1.3 million from the Central Peninsula Hospital plant replacement fund for a new computer system, Ordinance 2013-35 authorizes a lease of a newly classified 4.7 acres in Kenai to Cook Inlet LLC for a pipeline, and Ordinance 2013-36 which would amend KPB code to cap the senior citizen property tax exemptions at $300,000. The cap, which was approved by the voters in 2007, has often been exceeded when in combination with other allowed exemptions. Assembly Member Bill Smith sponsored this ordinance.

As always, I can be reached at 224-6784 or smcclure@borough.kenai.ak.us. The borough’s website is http://www.borough.kenai.ak.us. The Seward Annex office, and the Flood office, both located in Seaview Plaza are great sources of information as well.

 

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