Soldotna council arranges special session for Kahtnu

The Soldotna City Council accepted a grant Wednesday that will allow for a pavilion to be built at Soldotna Creek Park. The council accepted two grants during Wednesday’s meeting — one from the state for $693,000 for the Well House B reconstruction project and one from Fred Meyer for $150,000 for the pavilion. 


The well house reconstruction, Soldotna Mayor Peter Micciche said, will allow water to be treated on site, instead of sent to a central location.

“It’s a little higher cost for each well house,” he said. “But it brings down the cost to the tax payers for the overall system so they can continue to enjoy high quality drinking water.”

In addition to the two grants, the council awarded $250 to the Soldotna High School graduation celebration, renewed Oaken Keg’s liquor license and heard an update from Kenai Watershed Forum executive director Robert Ruffner about setting up their headquarters inside the Soberg House late last year.  

The council also heard from Jim Zirul and Henry Krull from Kahtnu Ventures, LLC. However, their public testimony was a late addition to the council’s agenda. Micciche felt that since the public was not aware of the addition, that a special meeting devoted to a resolution regarding the Certificate of Need application filed by Kahtnu Ventures, LLC would be appropriate.

“I felt this was an important enough issue that out of fairness to both sides, we would hold a special meeting to allow adequate time for the public to prepare,” Micciche said. 

Micciche has requested the state extend the public comment period for the Certificate of Need so the council could add the resolution to the next city council meeting, he said.

The special meeting is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, Jan 18, which is the same day the Kenai City Council is planning to hold a meeting as well. The meeting in Soldotna will be at 6:15 p.m., and the meeting in Kenai will be at 7 p.m.