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

By Sue McClure
KPB Borough Assembly Member 

Boro assembly votes in appropriations

 


The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly held it’s annual meeting in Homer on Sept. 16, which began with a beautiful rendition of the national anthem sung by Kyle Schneider and members of the Homer High School Swing Choir.

Mayor Mike Navarre proclaimed September to be Hunger Awareness Month, and we heard the quarterly report from South Peninsula Hospital. Mayor Navarre reported that he is involved in discussions on the Alaska LNG project, Medicaid reform discussions and the North Road extension project is progressing.

We unanimously passed five ordinances, all of which involved state grants or other financial appropriations. We recorded expenditures of nearly $3 million from the state for the borough’s unfunded PERS liability, accepted and appropriated $100,000 for the Bear Creek Fire Service Area for completion and startup for the new building, and a $29,700 grant for search and rescue equipment for Bear Creek Fire from the state. We also passed a resolution accepting emergency response equipment for Bear Creek Fire.

One ordinance was introduced: Ordinance 2014-30 would amend code to allow for exceptions to the date when assembly meetings need to happen to receive the report of the election canvass board, in the case of mayoral runoff elections. This came up due to the overlap of the state election in November and the canvass date. Public hearing on this will be at our Oct. 14 meeting. We have three other ordinances scheduled for hearing at that meeting, all involving appropriation.

In other business, we approved the list of precinct boards, the canvass board, review boards and absentee voting officials for the Oct. 7 and potential Oct. 28 elections. Also, we confirmed appointments to KPB Advisory Planning Commissions, including Jim Skogstad to Hope/Sunrise Seat G, Jan Odhner and Ben Ikerd to Moose Pass seats A and B, and Cheryle James and Heather Harrison to Seats C and D of Cooper Landing APC. We postponed the confirmation of Kathryn Recken to Seat F until the Oct. 14 meeting pending further information.

Remember that there is a municipal election Oct. 7, with city and borough components. In our district, the borough ballot has Proposition A (regarding limited animal control powers and it’s funding) which will be voted on by voters outside of the City of Seward, and Proposition B, regarding holding borough elections by mail will be voted on throughout the borough. Both are advisory votes only – the decisions will be made by the borough assembly. Also the borough mayor position is up for election, with three candidates, and some service area board seats, all of which are un-contested.

The next assembly meeting is at 6 p.m. Oct. 14 Soldotna. As always, I can be reached at 224-6784 or smcclure@borough.kenai.ak.us. The borough’s website has election information and meeting agendas: http://www.borough.kenai.ak.us. The Seward Annex Office and the Seward Bear Creek Flood Service Area offices in Sea View Plaza are great information sources as well.

 

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