21 January 2014 Borough Assembly Meeting Report
By Sue McClure
This will be a short report for a very brief meeting, which lasted about one hour. We heard a presentation of the quarterly report for Central Peninsula Hospital, from CEO Rick Davis. They have shown a steady growth in revenue, and have received the Certificate of Need for most of their new expansion project, for which the revenue bond sales are moving forward. Dr. Steve Atwater, School Superintendent, spoke during public comments to state that they have already cut $1.5 million from their upcoming budget and will be requesting more funds from the borough. He also stated that BP Teacher of Excellence nominations are now open.
In his report, Mayor Navarre stated that last week a Federal disaster was declared for our 2013 fall flooding, so some funding should be available from that. He also met with the Road Service Area board concerning the North Road extension, and said that the State would support a funding exchange for the federal earmarked millions for that project.
We had two ordinances up for public hearing, both passing by unanimous consent with no public testimony given. Ordinance 2014-03 amended the borough’s All-Hazard Mitigation Plan to adopt the 2013 Seward-Bear Creek Flood Service Area Hazard Mitigation Plan as the new Annex I. Ordinance 2013-19-25 ratified an agreement to promote one employee in the Soldotna Public Safety Communication (911) center to a supervisor position. This should reduce overtime costs and improve the functioning of the center.
We approved the introduction of 4 ordinances for public hearing on 2/25, on the consent agenda. Among those, Ordinance 2014-04 would change one seat from a 1- to a 3-year term on the Central Peninsula Hospital board, making all 7 seats 3-year terms. Ordinance 2014-05 increases the occupancy requirements of resident property tax exemptions to 185 days from 183 days, to align them with the PFD residency requirements. Ordinance 2014-06 would amend code to provide for ordinances other than amendments to borough code to be heard at least 13 days after introduction instead of the current 25 days. We also confirmed some appointments to service area boards, including Ron Hewitt and Jena Petersen to the Bear Creek Fire Service Area board.
The next assembly meeting will be February 11 at 6 PM. We have two ordinances up for public hearing at that time. Ordinance 2014-01 authorizes the release of a deed restriction for land at the Spring Creek Correctional Facility in Seward, and Ordinance 2014-02 changes some parts of Title 20, the subdivision code, to update and clarify.
As always, I can be reached at 224-6784 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Seward Annex office and Seward-Bear Creek Flood office, both in Sea View Plaza are great sources of information, as is the borough website www.borough.kenai.ak.us.