22 January 2013 Borough Assembly Meeting Report
By Sue McClure
We had no ordinances for public hearing at this meeting. However, we were given two important presentations at the lands committee meeting in the afternoon, and also at the evening meeting. Marcus Mueller, KPB Land Manager, gave us an update on the municipal entitlement land selection process. This ongoing process is getting us closer to selecting the remaining land that the borough is entitled to select from the State of Alaska. To participate in this process, you can go to the borough website at www.borough.kenai.ak.us and access the project information and participation section. You can see the maps, and make comments and suggestions on lands to select and what the potential uses might be.
We also heard an update on the status of the Cooper Landing highway bypass, given by a consultant for DOT. We were shown four possible alternatives, and given a timeline of perhaps one more year before public hearings and input would be solicited. The website for more information and the maps is sterlinghhighway.com.
We also heard the quarterly report from Central Peninsula Hospital, at the regular meeting.
We passed three resolutions on the consent agenda. Resolution 2013-006 establishes the federal legislative and funding priorities for fiscal year 2014. For federal projects, we list only two for the borough, the first being the Cooper Landing bypass project, and the second being an asking of a total of $4.2 million for flood mitigation and management projects in the Seward Bear Creek Flood Service Area. The three federal transportation projects, in prioritized order are Road Service Area upgrades, Road Service Area paved approaches, and $18 million for improving Lowell Point Road. The booklet also includes the federal requests from the cities in the borough.
We moved to public hearing on 2/5 an ordinance appropriating an additional $40,000 for updating of the spill prevention plans. We also moved Ordinance 2013-04 to public hearing on 2/19. This would repeal the requirement that the assembly approve administrative position job descriptions, basically undoing a 2009 action by the assembly.
Our next meeting will be on 2/5, and we will hear Ordinance 2012-19-42, authorizing $3.3 million for design services for the Central Peninsula Hospital medical office building project. Also we will hold a public hearing on Ordinance 2013-01, amending code to change our start time from 7 PM to 6 PM for assembly meetings.
As always, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 224-6784. Great information can be obtained at the Seward Annex Office or the Flood Service Area Office, both in Sea View Plaza in Seward.