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

By Sue McClure
KPB Borough Assembly Member 

Flood mitigation on East Peninsula is top priority

 


Our only meeting this month on Dec. 9 was very brief, as we had no ordinances up for public hearing, and all resolutions and ordinances for introduction were on the consent agenda.

The new KPB School District Superintendent, Sean Dusek, and Joe Arness presented the quarterly report, projecting a slight increase in student numbers for next year.

During the legislative committee meeting, we heard from Apache Alaska concerning their plan to build a nearly 7.5 mile extension of the Kenai Spur Highway to Otter Creek. If permits are obtained, this could be accomplished by May.

We also were presented with the draft of our state legislative priorities, and the request for $1 million for flood mitigation projects for the Seward Bear Creek Flood Service Area is one of two Tier One priorities.

We approved three resolutions on the consent agenda. One, (Resolution 2014-065) authorizes the acquisition by donation of property near the Seward airport on behalf of the Seward Bear Creek Flood Service Area. This was unanimously approved at their meeting Dec. 1.

Another resolution supports the Alaska Maritime Workforce Development Plan.

We introduced three ordinances. Ordinance 2014-40, to be heard on Jan. 6, amends code to address the use of or impairment by controlled substances by employees. This code had not been addressed for years, and the ordinance comes as a result of the passage of Ballot Measure 2.

D. G. (John) Christensen of Seward was reappointed to the Board of Equalization, term to expire Dec. 31, 2017.

At our Jan. 6 meeting, we will hear seven ordinances. Of note is Ordinance 2014-38, sponsored by Assemblyman Dale Bagley and Mayor Mike Navarre, which amends code to provide that ordinances shall be heard at least 13 days after introduction, except those amending code, and that the budget approval will require two public hearings.

We now have live streaming of our committee meetings and the 6 p.m. meeting, and these are easily accessed by going to the borough website at http://www.kpb.us and clicking on current assembly agenda. I can be reached at 491-0828 or smcclure@kpb.us. The Seward Annex office and the Seward Bear Creek Flood Board office are located in the Sea View Plaza and are great sources of borough information. We still have one vacancy on the flood board, so you could apply for that.

 

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