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

By Sue McClure
KPB Borough Assembly Member 

Boro discusses where to allow marijuana grows


The Jan. 20 Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting day began at 3:15 p.m. with committee meetings, followed by dinner sponsored Regional Citizens Advisory Council, the watchdog group that was formed after the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

At the regular meeting, we heard quarterly reports from both Central Peninsula and South Peninsula hospitals, both of which gave positive reports.

The ordinance dominating public testimony was Ordinance 2015-02, sponsored by Kelly Wolf, which would enact code to prohibit the operation of marijuana cultivation facilities in the borough outside the limits of the cities. It would put the question to a public vote in the October election. This ordinance was up for introduction only, but was pulled off the consent agenda, and we heard over 1.5 hours of testimony. By my count there were 25 against the ordinance and three in favor. The sponsor then moved to postpone public hearing from the scheduled Feb. 24 date to June 16, which failed 3-6. Then, by a 5-4 vote it was moved to introduction. I was one of the no votes on introduction. So it will be up for public hearing at our Feb. 24 meeting.

We had three ordinances up for public hearing, and one involving a land exchange was tabled for a future date. Ordinance 2014-19-40, approving a new position entitled Special Assistant to the Mayor-Oil, Gas, and Mining, and appropriating $67,500 to fund it through the fiscal year, was enacted by a 6-3 vote. Ordinance 2014-20, amending code to require by mail borough elections, which was held over from last year, failed by a vote of 1-8. Mr. Haggerty cast the single yes vote. (Recall that the voters in October 2014 voted over 63 percent against this concept in an advisory vote.)

We passed Resolution 2015-004 on the consent agenda. This establishes the KPB State Capital project priorities for 2015, and the booklet will include the requests from the communities and the cities as well. For the borough, one of the Tier One requests is for $1 million for the Seward Bear Creek Flood Service Area for flood mitigation projects. We also, after amending, passed Resolution 2015-005 on the consent agenda. This urges the legislature and governor to request additional State Trooper presence in Nikiski.

Our next meeting will be Feb. 3 (Note that it was originally scheduled for Feb. 10.). We have only three ordinances up for public hearing at that meeting, and the main one will be Ordinance 2014-19-39, appropriating $200,000 to fund consultants and research to find ways to provide the most affordable health care for employees and residents of the borough.

I can be reached at 491-0828 or The borough’s website is, and you can access live streaming of our meetings, or video after the meeting is done, by clicking on “current assembly agenda.” We still have a seat open on the Seward Bear Creek Flood Board, and you can apply for that or get lots of information at the Seward Annex and Flood Board offices in the Sea View Plaza.


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