9-4 Borough Assembly Meeting Report

9-4-2012 Borough Assembly Meeting Report
By Sue McClure

We had a fairly short meeting, on a rainy night. In presentations, we received the quarterly report from the KPB School District, and of local note, attendance is good at Hope, Cooper Landing and Moose Pass schools this year (14, 12, and 17 students at this time.) Also, Seward Elementary’s enrollment is up 25 students, which tops the schools that increased in enrollment.

In the Mayor’s report, it was noted that the contract for the Beach Drive catchment basin and culvert project at Lowell Point was awarded to Metco. This project should begin this fall.

We enacted a total of 11 ordinances by unanimous consent, most of which were ones accepting and appropriating State of Alaska grants. Among those of local interest: Ordinance 2012-19-20, with a total of $3,976 000 for Bear Creek Fire Service Area for the construction of their new multi-use project, and Ordinance 2012-19-24 for the Community Revenue Sharing funds, offering $27,756 to each of the 27 qualifying unincorporated communities (including Hope, Cooper Landing, Moose Pass, Crown Point, Primrose, and Lowell Point). I will be holding community meetings October 13 with all of those communities to discuss use of those funds. Times will be announced later. We also passed Ordinance 2011-19-92 recording expenditures by the State of over $2 million toward the borough’s unfunded PERS liability.

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Two resolutions were passed on the consent agenda that affect our area. Resolution 2012-073 approved a mutual aid agreement between Bear Creek Fire Service Area and the Lowell Point Volunteer Fire Department. Resolution 2012-074 authorized an amendment to the agreement with the Natural Resources Conservation Service involving the Old Mill Subdivision buyout project. This would result in the removal of a requirement for a federal survey and title work, saving funds and expediting the project.

Our next meeting will be in Homer on September 18. We have six ordinances up for public hearing at that time. Ordinance 2012-19-29 would appropriate funds from the Central Peninsula Hospital’s fund for remodeling the obstetrics area and relocating the infusion therapy departments among others. Ordinance 2012-34 would amend code to rename the General Services Department to Human Resources, and would eliminate that department’s oversight of Risk Management.

As always, I can be reached for questions and comments at 224-6784, or smcclure@borough.kenai.ak.us. The borough’s website is www.borough.kenai.ak.us, and the Seward Annex office in SeaView Plaza is an excellent source of information.

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