8 October 2013 Borough Assembly Meeting Report
By Sue McClure
The first October meeting was very short, with the one Ordinance up for public hearing being postponed to our October 22 meeting due to finalization of pay scale agreements. It is Ordinance 2013-19-19 which approves moving eight State dispatchers to borough employment for the Soldotna Public Safety Communications Center (911).
During committee meetings we heard an in-depth presentation on the administrative salary schedule and suggestions for revision. We later approved a resolution approving the revised salary schedule.
We passed a resolution on the consent agenda certifying the results of the October 1 election. Of interest are the statistics showing a 20.78% voter turnout borough-wide, with Seward/Lowell Point showing 22.96%, Bear Creek 9.53%, Cooper Landing with 23.92%, Moose Pass 21.17% and Hope at 18.64%. Borough Proposition 1 (the tax exemption increase) passed with 63.39% yes votes, Proposition 2 (the school bond) passed with 57.33% yes, and the two term-limit repeal/extension propositions both failed with approximately 71% “no” votes. Returning Assemblyman Johnson (district 7, and newly elected Assemblymen Dale Bagley (district 4) and Wayne Ogle (district 3) were sworn in.
In his report, Mayor Navarre stated that he had met with the governor and presented his top few requests to be in the governor’s budget. These include roads, the Tall Tree bridge repair, elodea eradication, and backup generators for Seldovia. He also attended a community meeting in Nikiski to discuss the North Road extension.
We approved Resolution 2013-071 to provide for issuance and sale of the general obligation bonds approved by the passage of Proposition 2. Also, in an unusual move, the assembly unanimously vetoed a petition to vacate brought to us by the Planning Commission.
I attended meetings of the five unincorporated communities in our district, discussing revenue sharing plans and capitol improvement priorities on September 23 and 28. It was good to meet new folks in Sterling, and to see my friends in Lowell Point, Moose Pass, Cooper Landing and Hope. I look forward to those annual meetings.
Our next Borough Assembly meeting will be October 22 at 6 PM in Soldotna. As usual I can be reached at 224-6784 or email@example.com. The Seward Annex office in SeaView Plaza is a great source of information, as is the borough’s website: www.borough.kenai.ak.us.