Kenai council talks zoning, adds to police fleet

The Kenai City Council rezoned a lot and approved the purchase of a squad car for the Kenai Police Department during the council’s Wednesday meeting.

The council passed an ordinance amending the official Kenai Zoning Map by rezoning a portion of lot 1-A1, R.M. Thompson subdivision from Light Industrial to General Commercial. The ordinance affirms the unanimous decision made by the Planing and Zoning Administration last month to recommend the property be rezoned.

The lot is owned by the Friendship Mission, and with the rezone, now matches the other lots so that the lots could make up one piece of property, Graydon Cowgill, who is a director of the mission, said.

The council also authorized a purchase of a Ford Police Interceptor sedan for $27,556. The city went through the State of Alaska equipment fleet contract, which was awarded to Kendall Ford in Wasilla.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, the council heard from both sides pertaining to the proposed Kahtnu ambulatory surgery center. Jim Zirul and his wife, Diana, spoke in favor of the center along with Henry Krull. Central Peninulsa Hospital CEO Rick Davis spoke against the proposed medical center. A public hearing is scheduled for Jan. 19 that will take place at the Challenger Learning Center from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The next Kenai City Council meeting will be January 18 at 7 p.m.

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