10-23-2012 Borough Assembly Meeting Report
By Sue McClure
Before reporting on the meeting, I want to thank all of the community members who attended my community meetings on October 13, where we discussed the Capital Project requests and State Revenue Sharing plans. I met with Lowell Point, Moose Pass, Cooper Landing and Hope (and stopped at the Bear Creek Fire open house as well). State Senate candidate Cathy Giessel and Representative Mike Chenault also attended. District 6 now includes part of Sterling (to Otter Trail Road), and so I spent a couple of hours at the Sterling Senior Center before the assembly meeting today, visiting and playing the piano. I plan to make that a regular stop on the way to the assembly meetings.
We began our afternoon with a joint work session with the KPB School District administration and members of the School Board to discuss school funding and to receive a review of the district’s finances.
After committee meetings, we attended a reception hosted by the Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council.
At the regular meeting, we elected Assembly Member Linda Murphy President and Hal Smalley Vice President for the upcoming year. Mayor Navarre read a commending resolution that he and I sponsored for Autumn Ludwig for her service and award of 2012 Firefighter of the Year by the State of Alaska Department of Public Safety. Mayor Navarre also proclaimed October 2012 as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month”, the third week of October as “Freedom From Workplace Bullies Week”, and November 2012 as “Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month”.
We heard the quarterly report from Central Peninsula General Hospital, and a report on the economics of the seafood industry by UAA professor Gunnar Knapp. This brought up the topic of further studies of statistics of salmon fishing in the borough.
In his report, Mayor Navarre announced two new hires: Stormy Brown as the Human Resources Director, and Michelle Aranguiz as Special Assistant to the Mayor.
After hearing public comments on a variety of topics, we unanimously enacted the three ordinances up for public hearing. One appropriated $12,848 from US Fish and Wildlife to supplement the river debris removal project. Some of this will be used in the Seward area.
Our next meeting won’t be until November 20, as we meet only once in November.
I can be reached at 224-6784 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The borough’s website is www.borough.kenai.ak.us. The Seward Annex office is a great source of borough information, and our meetings are broadcast on FM 88.1 in the Seward Area.