18 August 2015 Borough Assembly Meeting Report
By Sue McClure
The borough assembly met only once this month, and it was a fairly short (3 hour) meeting. Mayor Navarre reported that the trip to Japan by several from the borough was a great success. The Health Care Task Force is beginning to meet, and the Marijuana Task Force is moving forward after several meetings. He also proclaimed last week to be “National Health Center Week”.
We heard from the public on a variety of topics ranging from animal care to annexation by Soldotna of adjacent land. We also heard from a number of people regarding a land exchange off K-Beach Road involving drainage (Ordinance 2014-32), which was postponed until October 13 by an 8-1 vote, in order to hear from DOT regarding the issue.
We unanimously passed both Ordinances 2015-22 and 2015-23, which amended borough code regarding rights of way and land use regulations. These were a result of overall reviews of the codes in those areas.
After testimony and discussion, Ordinance 2015-24, which would have put to a vote the establishment of a Central Peninsula Economic Development Service Area, was moved to table by its author, Kelly Wolf. By a 7-2 vote we tabled the ordinance, which then will “die” after the October 6 election certification.
We also approved the ballot proposition summaries for the October 6 election. There are 4 propositions, only one of which is to be voted on in our district. Proposition 1 is a citizen initiated proposition which would repeal Ordinance 2008-28 which authorized the general law cities to reject the sales tax exemption on non prepared food year round. Seward is a home rule city, so this doesn’t apply, although we will have a vote on this proposition. It should be noted that on the October 6 ballot there are two contenders for my seat on the assembly (I have reached the 2-term limit). Check out the borough website at www.kpb.us for details on the applicants.
At our next meeting on September 1, we will hold public hearings on three ordinances, one of which accepts and appropriates $521,000 from the State for revenue sharing to the 27 unincorporated communities. These include many in our district, and I will be holding meetings with those communities September 26. The times and locations will be announced later, but will include Lowell Point, Moose Pass, Cooper Landing and Hope at the minimum.
I can be reached at 491-0828 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out the Seward Annex and Flood Board offices in Sea View Plaza for great borough information as well.