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Borough Assembly Meeting Report

April 15, 2014 9:49 pm0 comments

4-15-2014 Borough Assembly Report By Sue McClure   This was our annual meeting in Seward, which was a nice treat for me and seemed to be enjoyable for the rest of the assembly and other borough folks who came over.  Our meeting lasted about 1½ hours, which was time enough for them all to drive back home afterwards.   At our regular meeting, there were no presentations, and only a few public comments, mostly from Seward Bear Creek Flood Service Area Board members.  In his report, both during committee meetings and at the regular meeting, Mayor Navarre stated that the […]

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Borough Assembly Report

April 1, 2014 11:59 pm0 comments

1 April 2014 Borough Assembly Meeting Report By Sue McClure   The committee portion of our afternoon began with a teleconference with the Kenai Peninsula Borough legislative delegates.  We were updated on the status of legislation, and the delegates answered questions posed by assembly members.   At our regular 6 PM meeting, Chief of Staff Paul Ostrander read the Mayor’s proclamations declaring April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and also proclaiming April 1, 2014 as National Service Recognition Day.  Mayor Navarre was in Juneau today.  We also heard a presentation from Dale Banks of Loopy Lupine Distributing on composting, and […]

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Borough Assembly Report

March 19, 2014 7:56 am0 comments

18 March 2014 Borough Assembly Meeting Report By Sue McClure – March is one of four months each year that the Assembly meets only one time, rather than two.  Our committee meetings (which are open to the public) began at 3 PM, during which we may ask questions of the administration or sponsors of legislation, prior to the regular meeting.  If you are hearing our meetings on the radio and it seems that we don’t discuss much or ask many questions, it is because of our committee structure.  One interesting item from the Policies and Procedures meeting was the report […]

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Borough Assembly Report

February 26, 2014 6:48 am0 comments

2-25-2014 By Sue McClure One agenda item, Resolution 2014-017, dominated nearly three hours of our 4 ½ hour-long meeting.  Originally on the consent agenda, this resolution would have put the question of funding the “non-departmentals” to an advisory vote at the regular fall election.  Twenty-two people testified, and all but two spoke in favor of continued funding the five groups in question:  Kenai Peninsula Community College, Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District, Small Business Development, Center Central Area Rural Transit, and Kenai Peninsula Tourism and Marketing Council.  After assembly discussion and several failed amendments, the resolution was defeated by a 7-2 […]

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Borough Assembly Meeting Report

February 11, 2014 10:44 pm0 comments

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 […]

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Borough Assembly Report

January 21, 2014 10:18 pm0 comments

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 […]

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Borough Assembly Report

January 8, 2014 10:25 am1 comment

7 January 2014 Borough Assembly Meeting Report By Sue McClure   Our day began with the taking of the annual group picture, which will hang on the wall of the assembly chambers along with those from previous years. Committee meetings followed this, which is the time when we ask questions of administration about the upcoming ordinances and resolutions.  We had a visit from Seward Assistant City Manager Ron Long (my predecessor) among other notables!!   At the regular 6 PM meeting, there were commending resolutions for Soldotna and Nikiski football teams, and a presentation by Ken Green of Cooper Landing […]

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Long-time Seward Resident Passes

December 28, 2013 10:34 am1 comment

Duane K. LeVan, Seward resident since 1946, passed away peacefully early this morning at Providence Seward.  He was 87 years old, a WWII veteran, an avid hunter and outdoorsman, and a very good person.   He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Sanna, and his son Mel LeVan and daughter Sue McClure, as well as grandsons Bixler McClure, Axl LeVan and Jon LeVan.  He will be missed by the community, and by the family.  The family wishes to thank Providence Seward for the wonderful care he had during his brief stay at the facility.

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Seward Museum Christmas Open House

December 12, 2013 9:14 am0 comments

Come to the Seward Museum this Sunday, December 15th, from 1-4 PM for our the annual holiday open house, sponsored by the Resurrection Bay Historical Society.  There will be cookies, conversation, and some pump organ Christmas tunes.

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Borough Assembly Report, 12-3

December 4, 2013 2:58 pm0 comments

3 December 2013 Borough Assembly Meeting Report By Sue McClure   Our only meeting in December began with a joint budget work session with the KPB School District administration and members of the Board of Education.  Superintendent, Dr. Steve Atwater presented an overview of the district’s financial outlook, followed by a discussion.  With decreasing student numbers and less money expected from the State, the district is proposing to reduce its expenditures by $1.25 million for FY15.  There will be a local budget meeting in Seward in February.   Our committee meetings began at 2 PM, led off with a presentation […]

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22 October Borough Assembly Report

October 23, 2013 8:27 am0 comments

22 October Borough Assembly Meeting Report By Sue McClure   One resolution dominated the public input and discussion of this second October meeting.  It was Resolution 2013-072, providing for the issuance of up to $43 million in revenue bonds for a specialty clinic planned by the Central Peninsula Hospital.  Although the plan has been in the works for years and the assembly has previously passed an ordinance and two resolutions in support, there was public concern.  After two hours of public testimony (in addition to many emails received by the assembly) and assembly discussion, we voted to approve the resolution […]

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8 October Borough Assembly Report

October 8, 2013 11:17 pmComments Off

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 […]

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17 September Borough Assembly Report

September 18, 2013 12:46 pmComments Off

17 September Borough Assembly Meeting Report By Sue McClure   This was our annual meeting in Homer.  It was a beautiful day to see the City of Homer, and we were treated to dinner prior to the 6 PM meeting.  Two presentations were made.  The CEO of South Peninsula Hospital gave their quarterly report.  Although things are looking good, earnings were down due to Medicare issues.  Then the City Manager of Seldovia, Tim Dillon, spoke on “Statewide Transportation Needs”, as the chair of the Alaska Municipal League Transportation Committee.  The main issue was the lack of ferry service to Seldovia […]

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Community Choir Rehearsals Resume

September 7, 2013 9:53 amComments Off

Seward’s Community Choir will begin rehearsing again Thursday September 12th from 6:30-8 PM at the United Methodist Church, 321 4th Avenue.  We welcome new and returning singers to this group!!  A concert is planned for December 12th, with a distinctly Christmas theme.  If you have questions, please call director Sue McClure, 224-6784, or just come to a rehearsal.  We will rehearse Thursdays 6:30-8 PM for a total of 10 rehearsals prior to the concert.

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Borough Assembly Report

September 3, 2013 10:48 pmComments Off

9-3-2103 Borough Assembly Meeting Report By Sue McClure   The September 3 meeting of the Borough Assembly lasted less than one hour.  There were five ordinances up for public hearing, and all passed unanimously without public comment.  Ordinance 2012-19-63 recorded State expenditures on behalf of the borough toward unfunded PERS liability, totaling $2.77 million.  Ordinance 2013-19-11 authorized use of unused funds for several school district facility projects, including $85,000 for the Seward High welding shop upgrade.  (The funds come from monies previously planned for the Seward High shop addition, but could not be used due to higher than expected costs […]

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8-20 Borough Assembly Report

August 20, 2013 11:27 pmComments Off

20 August 2013 Borough Assembly Meeting Report By Sue McClure   We had a very short meeting, with a light agenda, and little public attendance.   A presentation was made by Michele Miller, Development Director of the Pratt Museum in Homer on the progress of their new museum project.  The building will be approximately 13,000 square feet, to include 5000 square feet of display area, costing around $9.5 million.  They anticipate completion in 2016.   In his report, Mayor Navarre stated that the elodea issue in Daniels Lake and others would not be dealt with this year.  This is an invasive […]

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8-6-13 Borough Assembly Report

August 7, 2013 8:27 am1 comment

Borough Assembly Meeting Report By Assembly member Sue McClure   We had public hearings on 11 ordinances (and two substitute ordinances) plus one resolution at our first meeting in five weeks.  Of local importance, we unanimously passed Ordinance 2013-19-06 accepting $1 million from the State of Alaska on behalf of the Seward Bear Creek Flood Service Area for upcoming mitigation projects.  The Flood Board will hold a public work session on August 19th at 6 PM, at SeaView Plaza to discuss possible projects.   Considerable time was spent with Ordinance 2013-20 and its two substitutes.  The original, sponsored by Assembly […]

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7-2 Borough Assembly Report

July 3, 2013 8:26 amComments Off

7-2-2013 Borough Assembly Meeting Report By Sue McClure   Our only meeting in the month of July lasted almost as long as the previous one.  We had a total of nine ordinances for public hearing, one ordinance carried over from the last meeting to discuss and vote on, and one resolution also to discuss and vote.  In public presentations, we heard a ten-minute presentation from citizen James Price on the initiative process.   Ordinance 2013-18, which repeals provisions of KPB Ordinance 2011-12, and adopts the amendments suggested by the Anadromous Fish Protection Task Force, consumed the bulk of our time.  […]

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6-18 Borough Assembly Report

June 19, 2013 7:57 am2 comments

6-18-13 Borough Assembly Meeting Report By Sue McClure With over 90 people providing public testimony on the two anadromous fish habitat protection ordinances, our meeting lasted until midnight.  People filled the chambers and two conference rooms to testify on Ordinances 2013-12, intended to repeal Ordinance 2012-11which extended anadromous fish protection to water bodies throughout most of the borough, and Ordinance 2013-18, which resulted from the Anadromous Fish Protection Task Force and modifies 2012-11.  After testimony and discussion, Ordinance 2013-12 was defeated 6-3.  Three more testified on the next ordinance, and we voted to postpone discussion and vote until the 7-2 […]

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6-4 Borough Assembly Report

June 5, 2013 6:56 amComments Off

6-4-13 Borough Assembly Meeting Report By Sue McClure   Our first meeting in June began with the usual committee meetings at 3 PM, which included 10-minute budget presentations from each of the four “non-departmental” groups that the borough partially funds.  This included CARTS, the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council, KP Economic Development District, and UAA Small Business Development.  In the final budget, passed later in the evening, they received, respectively, $25 thousand, $300 thousand, $50 thousand, and $105 thousand.   During the meeting, beginning at 6 PM, we heard the quarterly report for the School District from School Superintendent Dr. […]

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5-21 Borough Assembly Report

May 22, 2013 12:34 amComments Off

5-21-2013 Borough Assembly Meeting Report By Sue McClure At our second meeting in May, Mayor Navarre issued a proclamation declaring May as “Motorcycle Awareness Month” reminding us all that motorcycles are on the roads and to be alert.    In his report was the authorization to award the roof replacement contract for Cooper Landing and Moose Pass schools to Earhart Roofing Company.  This is part of the district-wide roof replacement program. We held public hearings on seven ordinances, all of which were enacted by unanimous consent.  This included: Ordinance 2012-19-52 which authorized use of $3 million from Central Peninsula Hospital’s plant […]

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5-7 Borough Assembly Report

May 8, 2013 12:20 amComments Off

5-7-2013 Borough Assembly Meeting Report By Sue McClure The afternoon of our first meeting in May began with an hour of instruction on use of our new iPads.  The assembly members now will be receiving our meeting packets electronically rather than by mail, in a continuing effort to eliminate paper.  These will also facilitate information transfer from the Clerk and other borough sources.  During the finance committee meeting, we heard a 20-minute presentation from Craig Chapman, Finance Director, on the fiscal year 2014 budget.  The ordinance containing the budget was introduced later in the meeting, as Ordinance 2013-19, with a […]

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4-16 Borough Assembly Report

April 16, 2013 11:09 pmComments Off

4-16-2013 Borough Assembly Meeting Report By Sue McClure   This was our annual meeting in Seward, on a sunny spring day.  Pastor Ron Nitz of Resurrection Lutheran Church gave the invocation, including a moment of silence for the people in Boston   Four ordinances were up for public hearing.  Ordinance 2012-19-45 accepted a grant for $33,019 from US Homeland Security for training for the Bear Creek Fire Service Area, and was approved by unanimous consent.  Ordinance 2012-19-48, appropriating $343,265 for the City of Seward from the Borough’s share of the State Commercial Passenger Vessel Tax was also approved by unanimous […]

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4-2 Borough Assembly Report

April 3, 2013 12:02 amComments Off

4-2-2013 Borough Assembly Meeting Report By Sue McClure   We had a light agenda for our first meeting in April.  Mayor Navarre proclaimed April as “Sexual Assault Awareness Month”.  We also heard a presentation on Mattie’s Farm, and an annual report from the Gilman River Center.  Two ordinances were up for public hearing, both passing with unanimous consent:  one accepted funds from the state Homeland Security and Emergency Management to purchase a portable generator for the borough, and the other confirmed the assessment roll for the Anchor View Utility Special Assessment District for their upcoming gas hookups.   Two ordinances […]

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