Kenai talks beach bridge, seismic work

Kenai’s city council made quick work of a handful of ordinances and resolutions Wednesday night.


The council approved an ordinance and a resolution that help fund and build a pedestrian bridge near Kenai’s north beach. According to the ordinance designating money to the Personal Use Fishery Improvements Capital Project Fund, the $46,000 for the bridge is coming from a state appropriation for street and sewer projects. The contract for bridge was awarded to Cornerstone Equipment Rentals, LLC, the low bidder.

Kenai resident Bob Peters testified to the council in support of the project after both the ordinance and the resolution passed.

According to a memo from Sean Wedemeyer, the city’s capital projects manager, Cornerstone will assemble a pre-fabricated steel bridge off-site and then install the bridge on steel piles and other supports. 

The council postponed an ordinance creating tax credits for property owners who install sprinkler systems until the second meeting in January.

“We’ve got some wordsmithing to do in there to make it clear that this is a tax credit,” said City Manager Rick Koch.

During his comments, Koch also thanked Rep. Kurt Olson, R-Soldotna, for his work on Kenai’s issues and funding throughout the legislative process. 

Koch also talked briefly about Buccaneer’s work in the Kenai area. 

“There’s a lot of work and a lot of information (needed),” Koch said.

Koch said he has met with company representatives about their proposed seismic work in Kenai. His office will be responsible for granting permits for the independent oil and gas company to use right-of-ways for their seismic studies. The city is concerned with protecting its own assets, and also in protecting the interests of private property owners and Kenai citizens, Koch said.

Peters testified after that and said he is concerned about how the seismic work could affect property along the bluff.


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