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 public hearing scheduled for 6/4. During the lands committee meeting, we heard an abbreviated presentation of the 2013 Seward Bear Creek Flood Service Area Hazard Mitigation Plan, which was presented in full at the board meeting of the SBCFSA the previous evening in Seward. This is an extensive study of all hazards in the service area and potential loss assessments, and potential mitigation priorities. It was presented as Ordinance 2013-16, and was withdrawn by request from the Mayor, pending further hearings, to eventually be placed in the KPB All Hazard Mitigation Plan.
At the regular meeting at 6 PM we heard the quarterly report from Central Peninsula Hospital, and a report from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge director on the elodea infestation of Daniels and Stormy Lakes. This is a weed that can overwhelm lakes, and there is a request for funding assistance to fight its spread.
In the Mayor’s report, the contract for the Bear Creek Community Multi-Use Facility (and fire station) was awarded to Marsh Creek, LLC from Anchorage. There were also 3rd quarter reports from the non-departmentals and senior grant recipients.
We unanimously adopted two ordinances appropriating funds, one for CES for software, and the other a grant for CES to purchase portable radios.
Several resolutions were passed on the consent agenda, including Resolution 2013-043 determining $43.5 million to be awarded to the school district for FY 2014. We once again postponed (to our 6/4 meeting) Resolution 2013-037, which would establish a fiscal note for borough actions. We amended a resolution to waive the 2013 deadline for senior citizen and disabled veteran exemption applications, by deleting names that did not satisfy the criteria for waivers. After much testimony and discussion, we approved, by a 6-3 vote, Resolution 2013-047 that classifies 240 acres in the Kenai area as Resource Management.
Several ordinances were moved to public hearing on 6/4, including one which accepts and appropriates $1.3 million in funds from the State for reimbursement of costs from our September floods. Ordinance 2013-15 was also moved to public hearing, which will raise the E911 surcharge from $1.50 to $1.80 per month.
Our next meeting is on 5/21. Ordinances up for public hearing at that time include Ordinance 2012-19-54 which appropriates $286,000 for improvement to school facilities, Ordinance 2012-19-52 authorizing expansion of the imaging department of Central Peninsula Hospital and appropriation $3 million from their plant replacement and expansion fund for this purpose, and Ordinance 2013-14 which would reduce the rate of interest charged sellers for delinquent sales taxes and would make other adjustments.
As always I can be reached for questions or comments at 224-6784 or email@example.com. The borough’s website is www.borough.kenai.ak.us, and the Seward Annex office at the SeaView Plaza is available for borough assistance.