2-5 Borough Assembly Meeting Report
By Sue McClure
There was a fairly light agenda at our first meeting in February. We passed four ordinances, all scheduled for public hearing. Ordinance 2012-19-42 authorizes about 3.3 million for professional design of a new Central Peninsula Hospital Medical Office Building. This will be accomplished in phases, with a Certificate of Need required for part of the process, so potentially the entire amount will not be used. Ordinance 2013-01 was also passed unanimously, changes the starting time of our regular meetings to 6 PM. So plan to listen an hour earlier!!! We also passed, by a 6-1 vote, Ordinance 2013-02, which allows the possible loan of borough funds to Homer and Kachemak City for construction of their natural gas infrastructure. The borough would plan to receive a higher interest return from these investments than other sources.
A total of 6 resolutions were passed on the consent agenda. Those included resolutions: designating the Clarion as the newspaper to publish the 2013 tax foreclosure list, requesting the governor and DOT to limit the right-of-way clearing to 75 ft. on each side of the highway, supporting CARTS priorities with the state DOT, requesting the state administration and legislature to consider expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, and urging the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to adopt measures to reduce Chinook salmon bycatch in the Gulf and Bering Sea.
Four ordinances were introduced to have public hearings on 3-19. Among those was Ordinance 2013-07 which would amend code to repeal the 60% voter approval requirement to increase the sales tax, as it has been ruled invalid, and Ordinance 2013-08, sponsored by Assembly member Wolf which specifies reporting on the benefits and effectiveness of KPB Chapter 21.18 by the planning department.
Our next meeting will be February 19. We have only one ordinance for public hearing at that meeting, Ordinance 2013-04, which would repeal the requirement for assembly approval of administrative position job descriptions.
Of note to the Seward area, Mayor Navarre will be at the Seward Annex Office in Sea View Plaza on Wednesday, February 13 from 10 AM to noon and 1-3 PM and you can make an appointment by calling 714-2157, or just stop by, if you would like to talk with him.
As always, I can be reached at 224-6784 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The borough website is www.borough.kenai.ak.us, and you can access the municipal land selection input process on that site as well as seeing assembly meeting information. Our meetings are broadcast on FM 88.1 in the East Peninsula (now at 6 PM!!)