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Council makes purchase for boating facility

Posted: February 16, 2012 - 9:17pm  |  Updated: February 18, 2012 - 7:08pm

Kenai’s council agreed to purchase new dump trucks and hire a contractor for the Kenai boating facility at its Wednesday meeting.

The council unanimously agreed to award low-bidder American Marine Corporation a contract for work at the boating facility. The $64,851.52 contract is for cathodic protection and repair of a piling, according to Rick Koch, Kenai’s city manager.

The cathodic work will be done on a dock and on a gangway. That work involves replacing a section of pipe, filling it with concrete and adding protection from corrosion.

The council also unanimously agreed to purchase two used dump trucks for $60,000. The purchase will help keep the city running for several years to come, Koch said, and will enable the city to make smaller payments to the vehicle replacement fund. The city had originally budgeted nearly $300,000 to buy those trucks new over the next several years, so the purchase represents a significant savings.

Koch said the trucks would likely be delivered this week.

The council also held a work session on the city’s agreement to manage the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. That agreement is up for discussion because the current operator, the Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau is merging with the Kenai Chamber of Commerce. 

The KCVB has asked for the contract to be transferred to the new joint organization.

Jim Butler said the two organizations agreed to the merger unanimously. The plan they developed is being reviewed by the state’s Division of Corporations. The time-frame for approval is unknown.

“It could take a while,” Butler said.

Koch will bring forward an item for the council to consider at its March 7 meeting, along with a recommendation for council.


In other business, the council:

Held an executive session regarding litigation over the CINGSA project. The city has hired outside legal counsel to assist with that issue.

Held an executive session regarding the city manager’s contract. After the session, the council directed city administration to have a termination study conducted for the position. That study would provide the city with information on the cost of opting out of the Public Employees Retirement System for the position. 

If the city opted out, each the city manager would have a choice of whether or not to have their tenure in the position included in their state retirement. That means a city manager could choose not to have the position count towards his or her state retirement. Such a choice would make it easier for the city to hire someone who had already retired, or for a city manager to receive their state retirement and get paid by the city. A city manager could also choose to participate in the system normally after the city opted out.

Currently, Kenai’s city manager position is part of the PERS system. The study would provide the city with the cost to opt out, but further action would be required for the city to actually do so.

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kksalm 02/17/12 - 10:49 am
An executive session?

Held an a executive session regarding litigation over the CINGSA project. What litigation? This is something I would like to see the Clarion report on. All the information I see here is the city's attorney needs outside legal assistance in the matter at what cost? This CINGSA project is already starting to smell.

bigbadbob 02/18/12 - 12:51 pm
kksalm Good question. Has

Good question. Has something gone wrong?Lets hope Alan chimes in here. She seems to know just about everything that goes on inside that city council.

kksalm 02/18/12 - 04:21 pm
Could be anything.....

Most likely the city in its exuburance to kowtow to the oil companies and expand their tax base stepped on some of us citizens toes. It didn't take too long to turn our city into an industrial complex complete with helicopter landing zones anywhere necessary to accommodate CINGSA.
It's all rigged, have a nice day.

KMarx 02/18/12 - 06:00 pm
Man, put down the kool-aid.

Man, put down the kool-aid. All of the activity surrounding the 3-dimensional seismic testing is all a decoy just so the local government can spy on you from a helicopter.

kksalm 02/20/12 - 11:58 pm

I think I'd need some kool aid to live in your world.
Seriously, are you trying to understand the comments part of this or do you just want to attack my comments of my observation of the changing landscape of our fair city?
I have some faith in our local government, I don't share the conclusions you have suggested.

jimbob 02/23/12 - 12:52 pm
Double Dipping Scoundrels

Another city trying to take advantage of the state PERS system by allowing an elite crony to retire at big bucks and keep drawing a big salary from the chump taxpayers. Soldotna did a similar thing. Does the secretary or truck driver get to double dip? No only those on top who have cronies on the council to vote these things in. Call your legislators and complain about this perversion of a good retirement system. Is it no wonder that it is going broke?

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