Soldotna council funds T200 race, talks Facebook

Residents looking for emergency updates from the City of Soldotna can visit its new Facebook page.


Despite not being a Facebook or smartphone user, city manager Mark Dixson said he wanted people to use the page in the same way they could use the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s page.

“When I was at the borough we got a Facebook page up and going for that specific purpose and with the flooding in Seward they were able to post things on Facebook so that the residents in the Seward area could see updates,” Dixson said. “They plan on using it not only for emergencies but if there’s some water issues, if there’s snow plowing issues, we’d like to be able to use that as a tool to communicate with the public.”

Council members also voted to donate $1,000 to the 29th Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race.

Tami Murray, president of the T-200, said the money would be used to defray the cost of renting the Soldotna Sports Center for vet checks and the event’s awards banquet.

Mayor Peter Micciche spoke in support of the council’s decision.

The banquet is traditionally well attended, he said.

“Superstar mushers from all over the world and its pretty cool to have that event in our little town,” he said. “They come into town and they spend a lot of money, a lot of time and bring lots of other visitors.”

Murray said of the 13 mushers currently signed up for the Feb. 2 race, four were from North Dakota, three from Australia and two from New Zealand.

“They’re coming from all over the place,” she said.

Micciche asked the council to approve his appointments to several boards and commissions within the city, although he said he was disappointed with a lack of new faces among the positions.

One seat on the Planning and Zoning commission has yet to be filled.

Soldotna’s assistant librarian has retired and Dixson asked the city to approve changes to the position’s job description.

“The job description for the assistant librarian was last updated in 2009,” Dixson wrote in his memo to the council. “Technology related to the field of library science continues to change and I wanted the job description to include some of that. Plus, I wanted the qualifications to reflect a higher degree of education than what had previously been required.”

The city also renewed liquor licenses for the Kenai River Brown Bears, the King Salmon Motel and Restaurant and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #10046.

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