10-9 Borough Assembly Report

10-9-2012 Borough Assembly Meeting Report
By Sue McClure

Although the agenda was light, this was one of the most well attended meetings yet. Two groups came to voice their opinions during public comments: those opposed to Ordinance 2011-12 which will ultimately expand the anadromous waters protection, and those speaking in support of the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Working Group’s progress. Concerning Ordinance 2011-12, there is a Task Force, which is still meeting to forward its results to the assembly.
We heard a 10-minute presentation from spokespersons for the PETS Working Group as to their progress. This is a group that I was a part of, and it came up with a plan that has been tested and has been approved by the borough contractor, and next will be reviewed once more and then brought to the assembly as an ordinance. It is intended to comply with federal requirements concerning evacuation of people with their pets during emergencies.

The municipal election results were certified on the consent agenda, and our newly elected assembly members were sworn in. This included myself, Mako Haggerty, and Hal Smalley, all incumbents, and Kelly Wolf the new District 1 assembly member. At the end of the meeting we said farewell to District 1 member Gary Knopp, our President for the past two years.

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We unanimously passed three ordinances. One of note is Ordinance 2012-37 and its accompanying Resolution 2012-080, reincorporating the River Center Department into the Planning Department as it had been prior to 2010, and changing the job description for the River Center Manager. This is in part a result of the retirement of the current River Center director, and was introduced by the mayor.

We confirmed some appointments to the KPB Road Service Area Board, including Ed Holsten for the East Region, and the appointment of David Story to the KPB Cooper Landing Advisory Planning Commission.

I will be holding Community Meetings on Saturday October 13th to discuss revenue sharing fund use and also legislative priorities for the unincorporated communities: Lowell Point at 9:30 AM, Moose Pass at 1:00 PM, Cooper Landing at 3:00 PM and Hope at 7:00 PM. The notices of those meetings have gone out to those communities. In addition, due to the census-generated redistricting, I now also will represent a portion of the Sterling area, to Otter Trail Road, and their community meeting is October 17 at 7:00 PM at Sterling Elementary.

Our next meeting will be October 23. As always, I can be reached at 224-6784 or smcclure@borough.kenai.ak.us. The Seward Annex Office in SeaView Plaza is a great source of borough information, and the borough’s website is www.borough.kenai.ak.us. I’m looking forward to another three years representing you!!!

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