16 June 2015 Borough Assembly Report
By Sue McClure
The second June meeting of the Borough Assembly ended at nearly midnight, with a room full of people testifying on several ordinances. The “main event” was Ordinance 2015-14, which would delete much of the area protected by the anadromous fish protection ordinance (2013-18), leaving only the Kenai and Kasilof River Watersheds with the 50-foot protection. We received over 130 emails, almost all opposed to the Ordinance 2015-14, and about 2 ½ hours of public testimony, including 9 calling from Homer and about 28 in house (one presented 50 signatures), and all but 7 were opposed. In the end, we postponed the vote on the ordinance to our July 7 meeting, as the Borough Planning Commission had yet to vote on this.
Another ordinance receiving testimony was the one establishing a Nikiski Law Enforcement Service Area, which will now be on the ballot in October for voters in that area. This passed 8-1. We unanimously passed two ordinances changing the code for Utility Special Assessment Districts and Road Improvement Assessment Districts. Ordinance 2015-15, which was drafted as a result of a public initiative, was enacted by a 6-3 vote, after an amendment to put the question on the ballot in October was defeated by an 8-1 vote. This ordinance allows pro and con statements on ballot propositions to be placed in the election informational brochure.
We introduced seven ordinances for public hearing. Three involve moving boundaries for the South Peninsula and Central Peninsula Hospital service areas.
The Marijuana Task Force has been formed and has held one meeting. Information on this is on the borough website, www.kpb.us, under “assembly” and then “task forces”. Ron Long was chosen to represent Seward, but there are still 4 seats to be filled, so contact Paul Ostrander at the borough if you would like to apply.
Mayor Navarre will announce the makeup of the Health Care Task Force at our next meeting, July 7. Also at that meeting we will vote on Ordinance 2015-14, the anadromous stream modification, and hold public hearings on Ordinance 2015-09, which would raise the maximum sale subject to borough sales tax from $500 to $1000,
You can reach me at 491-0828 or email@example.com. The Seward Annex and Flood Board offices in Sea View Plaza in Seward are great information sources. Our agendas and videos of our meetings are at the borough website as well.