17 September Borough Assembly Meeting Report
By Sue McClure
This was our annual meeting in Homer. It was a beautiful day to see the City of Homer, and we were treated to dinner prior to the 6 PM meeting. Two presentations were made. The CEO of South Peninsula Hospital gave their quarterly report. Although things are looking good, earnings were down due to Medicare issues. Then the City Manager of Seldovia, Tim Dillon, spoke on “Statewide Transportation Needs”, as the chair of the Alaska Municipal League Transportation Committee. The main issue was the lack of ferry service to Seldovia (and also Kodiak) due to the continued repairs to the Tustumena in Seward. We later passed a resolution requesting the governor and legislature to develop a long-term solution to that problem.
Mayor Navarre stated during his report that he and Paul Ostrander will be meeting with Governor Parnell in early October to suggest items to place on his budget. These include $700,000 for elodea elimination efforts in borough lakes, a rebuild project for the Tall Tree Bridge, and approximately $5 million for borough roads. The assembly will decide on projects to request at a later date.
We unanimously passed four ordinances without public input or discussion. One was the authorization to execute a sublease and operating agreement with South Peninsula Hospital, Inc. for the hospital and other facilities. Another ordinance accepted $125,000 from the City of Kenai for their high school track and field project.
We approved the precinct boards, canvass board and review board, and absentee voting officials for the October 1 election. We also confirmed some appointments to borough Advisory Planning Commissions. In our district these included: Jonny Gatenbein to Seat D in Hope/Sunrise, Michael Cooney to Seat F in Moose Pass, and Janette Cadieux Seat A, Carrie Williams Seat B, and Laura Johnson Seat G in Cooper Landing.
We also approved Resolution 2013-064, approving a mutual aid agreement between Central Emergency Services and the Moose Pass Volunteer Fire Company. In part this will allow the transfer of an ambulance from CES to Moose Pass. As an informational item, the Moose Pass Volunteer Fire Company reports that their jurisdictional area includes miles 17-44 on the Seward Highway, and Mile 37-42 on the Sterling Highway, but will go to the Russian River ferry crossing, to Mile 75 on the Sterling, or to Hope upon request from the troopers.
I will be in Sterling for the community meeting to choose their capitol project requests and the use of the revenue sharing funds on September 23, and then in Lowell Point, Moose Pass, Cooper Landing and Hope for similar meetings on Saturday September 28.
Don’t forget to vote—either absentee or on October 1st. There are city elections in Seward and the propositions on the borough ballot to consider.
Our next meeting will be 6 PM October 8 in Soldotna. As always, you can reach me for questions at 224-6784 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The borough’s website of www.borough.kenai.ak.us has election and other information, as does the Seward Annex office in SeaView Plaza. Also, we need folks to apply for the Seward Bear Creek Flood Service Area Board. There will be two days of flood insurance information at the Flood Board office (also in SeaView Plaza) September 27 and 28, as well. If you are considering flood insurance, this is the time to find out what zone you live in, and how much it will cost, etc.