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

By Sue McClure
KPB Borough Assembly Member 

Baseline school funding set, BCFSA-USFS agreement approved

 


At the May 20 regular meeting, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly heard presentations from the Central Peninsula Hospital (their quarterly report) and the Friendship Mission in Kenai. The mission is self-supporting, and provides food and shelter for people in need of a new start.

Mayor Mike Navarre reported that his office is working on the borough’s 50th anniversary celebration, set to be held on the Kenai Peninsula College campus Aug. 14. He was in the Seward area a week ago meeting with Bear Creek Fire volunteers to work on their new contract. He also gave an update on the municipal entitlement land selection status, stating that the state did not give a good response to the borough’s selections, but the borough intends to appeal. We also heard an update from Scott Walden on the Funny River and Tyonek wildfires.

In public comments, concern was expressed about drainage ditches in the Kenai area of Buoy Drive, which experienced flooding last fall.

There was only one ordinance for public hearing and it passed with unanimous consent. This accepted about $5,800 from the Coastal Impact Assistance Program and redirected some $18,200 of deobligated funds for the Adopt-A-Stream program, which involves educating school children about stream care.

Resolution 2014-032 was passed on the consent agenda, which set the baseline for school funding at $43.5 million, the same as last year. This will be adjusted at the next meeting, after the level of state funding and relative fund balance use by the school district and the borough are considered. Resolution 2014-034, approving a cooperative fire suppression agreement between the Bear Creek Fire Service Area and the U.S. Forest Service, was also approved on the consent agenda.

Three ordinances were introduced, all on the consent agenda, both to have public hearings on June 17. Ordinance 2014-20, sponsored by Bill Smith, would amend code to require all borough elections to be held by mail, and would also remove the pro/con statements on propositions from the election brochure. There would still be locations to vote absentee, but all precincts would receive by-mail ballots if the ordinance passes. Ordinance 2014-18, sponsored by Bill Johnson, would change the 60 percent majority requirement to increase the cap on taxable sales to a simple majority.

The next KPB Assembly meeting is at 6 p.m. June 3, and the assembly will discuss, offer amendments, and ultimately approve the fiscal year 2015 budget. It will be in the form of Ordinance 2014-19, which will be up for public hearing. The draft budget is available on the borough website for viewing, but at this time is essentially the same as last year. The assembly also will hold public hearings on Ordinance 2013-19-38 which appropriates nearly $750,000 from the state in disaster funds for the fall 2013 floods, and Ordinance 2014-14 which slightly adjusts six assembly and school board district boundaries to align with precinct boundaries.

I can be reached at 224-6784 or smcclure@borough.kenai.ak.us, and the borough’s website is http://www.borough.kenai.ak.us. You can see the budget, meeting agendas and minutes, and a whole lot more at the site. The Seward Annex and flood offices in Seaview Plaza are available for information as well.

 

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