11 February 2014 Borough Assembly Meeting Report
By Sue McClure
Our first meeting day of February began at 3:30 PM with a report from RBC Public Funds Service on the Borough’s investment portfolio. It seems we are doing all right, with an emphasis on the long term.
Our 6 PM regular meeting began with a presentation by Linda Swarmer, Executive Director of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. Serving from the Central Peninsula to Homer and Moose Pass, she reported that 1 million pounds of food is distributed. They also have a warm lunch served every weekday.
In his report, Mayor Navarre applauded the 16 new Fire Fighter 2 certificate recipients from Moose Pass, Bear Creek and Seward volunteer fire departments. He also spoke at the Board of Fisheries meeting in Anchorage, and may request action regarding the negative effects on our borough from some of their decisions. At the meeting he requested that their next meeting be held locally.
We had two ordinances scheduled for public hearing. Ordinance 2014-01, which authorizes the release of the deed restriction on the property in Seward on which Spring Creek Correctional Facility is located, was passed by unanimous consent with no public testimony. The second also was passed by unanimous consent with no testimony. This makes changes in Title 20, the subdivision code.
We had a number of resolutions on the consent agenda. Resolution 2014-011 selects the Peninsula Clarion as the newspaper for the publication of the 2014 tax foreclosure and other lists. Resolution 2014-013 establishes the federal legislative priorities for fiscal year 2015 for the borough. These include elodea eradication, Cook Inlet beluga whale research and endangered species act listing, PILT and Secure Rural Schools payments, federal fishery management of king salmon, and the continuation of the spruce bark beetle program. Resolution 2014-014 requests Alaska DOT to design and construct a 5-lane road between Mile 2.8-8.1 on the Kenai Spur Highway. Resolution 2014-012, although removed from the consent agenda and discussed, was approved 8-1. This supports the requests from the Central Area Rural Transit System to the State DOT.
Five ordinances were advanced for public hearing. Ordinance 2013-19-27 appropriates $30,000 in supplemental funding for Bear Creek Fire Service Area for operating costs for their new station, as it is being completed earlier than anticipated. This will be heard at our Feb 25 meeting. Ordinance 2014-09 would amend borough code to allow borough employees to also serve as elected officials on service area boards, and it will have a public hearing on March 18.
Our next meeting will be February 25 at 6 PM. In addition to Ordinance 2013-19-27, there are four other ordinances up for public hearing at that time. Among these, Ordinance 2014-04 would amend borough code to change the term of one seat on the Central Peninsula Hospital board from a one-year to a three-year term. Ordinance 2014-05 would change the residency requirement for residential property tax exemptions from 183 to 185 days per year, to align them with the PFD requirements. And, Ordinance 2014-06 would amend code to provide that ordinances other than code amendments would be heard at least 13 instead of 25 days after introduction.
As always, I can be reached at 224-6784 or email@example.com. The borough’s website is www.borough.kenai.ak.us. Information about borough business can be obtained in Seward at the Seward Annex Office or the Flood Board Office, both located in SeaView Plaza.