Soldotna Council recognizes Purple Heart Medal recipients

Soldotna Council recognizes Purple Heart medal recipients

The City of Soldotna is officially a “Purple Heart City” after council members voted to honor residents who had served in the military and earned the medal.

Preston “Nick” Nelson, the state commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart told council members the honor held impact.

“You don’t go looking for a Purple Heart,” he said. “Unfortunately you know, it hurts.”

He said as he’s travelled to various functions and met other medal recipients, he “got off easy.”

“It really means a lot to me, it means a lot to all of us,” he said.

Mayor Peter Micciche said there were two types of people in the world, those who were veterans, and those who should support them.

The council also passed an ordinance appropriating a municipal matching grant from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, for replacement of water and sewer lines along Sterling Street.

The project is expected to cost $521,000 and the DEC funded 70 percent of it while the city funded the final 30 percent.

Another ordinance appropriating funding for a Water, Sewer and Storm Drainage Master plan was also approved.

During its Oct. 10 meeting the council voted to accept a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency for the master plan covering more than $325,000 of the total cost of the plan. The city will fund another $265,000 for a total project cost of more than $590,000.

City residents may also have a chance to skate on newly cleaned ice at Arc Lake. Kyle Kornelis, city engineer, said the city was considering plowing the lake which is on a city-owned parcel near Skyview High School, south of town along the Kenai Spur Highway.

The lake would not be maintained for residents throughout the winter, however Kornelis said personnel had been checking the ice thickness and snow cover as they consider the feasibility of plowing the lake.

“It’s something that can be done simply, with relatively little effort,” Kornelis said. “That’s one of the things we’re considering.”


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