2-19-13 Borough Assembly Report

19 February 2013 Borough Assembly Meeting Report
By Sue McClure

The afternoon began with a 2-hour joint work session with the KPB Planning Commission, including East Peninsula commissioner Sandra Holsten, the KPB Assembly, and various members of Advisory Planning Commissions (thanks Jeanette, Dave, and Bruce), and members of the public. It was led by Marcus Mueller, KPB Land Management director. The workshop involved the municipal entitlement land selection process, and was very productive. You still can make comments and selections on the borough’s website: www.borough.kenai.ak.us until the end of February. You can learn more about the borough’s land selection from State lands at the website also. More advisory planning commission meetings will soon occur, and ultimately a resolution will be presented to the Assembly in July, outlining the acres to be selected.

At our committee meetings we heard a review of the borough’s investment portfolio, and a report from the Cook Inlet Regional Citizen’s Advisory Council on their study of marine vessel traffic risks.

There was only one ordinance up for public hearing at the regular, 6 PM, meeting. Ordinance 2013-04, amending code to repeal the requirement for assembly approval of administrative position job descriptions, was unanimously approved, with no public testimony.

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Two ordinances were introduced for hearing on 3-19. One will appropriate funds for the Bear Creek Fire Service Area to pay for their new building, by issuing of bonds, which will be sold on March 12th. The other, Ordinance 2013-09 standardizes the language in code for all service areas to allow members to hold office until a successor takes office. An additional four ordinances are up for public hearing at the 3-19 meeting. Of those, Ordinance 2013-07 amends code to repeal the 60% voter approval requirement to increase the sales tax maximum rate, and Ordinance 2013-08 amends code to require certain reports from the Planning Department on the benefits and effectiveness of Chapter 21.18 (stream protection). The only assembly meeting in March will be the 3-19 meeting.

Since our meetings now begin at 6 PM, if this presents a hardship due to work and travel time, please let me know and we can arrange (with advance warning) a teleconference from Seward, or we could schedule public hearings later in the meeting if needed. I can be reached at 224-6784 or smcclure@borough.kenai.ak.us. You can utilize the Seward Annex office in Sea View Plaza for information as well.

We have two vacancies on the Seward Bear Creek Flood Service Area Board at this time, and you can be appointed if you live anywhere within the boundaries of that service area!!

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