Council certifies election

The Soldotna City Council certified the results of the May 1 special election during their Wednesday meeting. The Soldotna voters barred the city from purchasing property at 44075 Sterling Highway for $2.1 million to be used for relocating the Soldotna Visitor Center.

There were 675 total votes, according to the city. There were 417 total no votes, or about 62 percent, while 258 voters checked yes, or about 38 percent.

The city's canvass board reported 149 absentee ballots, but 63 of them were rejected, mostly for non-registered voters.

During their Wednesday meeting, the council also approved an ordinance that will amend part of the Soldotna Municipal Code to waive campground daily day use admission fees for vehicles occupied by a disabled veteran.

"We think it's an appropriate gesture," Soldotna Mayor Peter Micciche said to the council. "These are folks that have paid the dearest price."

Micciche said the daily use fees would be waived if the disabled veteran could show U.S. Department of Veterans card or some sort of Disabled Vetrans identification card.

"Their vehicle would be allowed in for fishing for the day," Micciche said.

The waived fee would only apply to the day use fee, he said. Fees would still be paid for camping and the boat launch.

In other business:
* The council postponed action until the June 27 meeting on an ordinance and resolution pertaining to the Soldotna Municipal Code relating to airport land use and leases and adopting a new chapter and modifying another chapter for management and disposal of real property.

* The council received a check for $3,851.51 from Soldotna High School for use of the Soldotna Sports Center foyer concession stand.

The next council meeting is scheduled for May 23.

Logan Tuttle can be reached at logan.tuttle@peninsulaclarion.com.

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