Borough assembly OKs job description ordinance

The Kenai Peninsula Borough no longer requires the consent of the assembly for administration job descriptions, following the passage of Ordinance 2013-04 at the assembly meeting Tuesday.

At a Feb. 4 assembly meeting, Borough Mayor Mike Navarre said consulting the assembly before hiring new administration was cumbersome.

Assembly member Brent Johnson asked if the assembly could postpone action until assembly member Bill Smith — who had reservation about the ordinance — was present. Assembly Member Mako Haggerty opposed that request and asked for unanimous consent. The assembly passed the ordinance unanimously.

Also at the assembly meeting, Dr. Steve Atwater, superintendent for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, asked the body to write a resolution for its March 19 meeting to request $44.5 million from the borough for KPBSD’s 2013-2014 school year.

“As you know, the sooner that you can let the district know its funding levels, the easier it is for us to plan for the coming year,” Atwater said.

Following Atwater’s request, two area residents spoke against the anadromous streams habitat protection ordinance.

“Repeal (Ordinance) 2011-12 in its entirety, now,” Nikiski resident Michele Hartline said.

The ordinance added 2,317 stream miles to the 602 miles previously included in the borough’s anadromous waters habitat protection ordinance. A task force meets today at 7 p.m. in assembly chambers to consider changes to the ordinance.

The assembly will meet next at 6 p.m., March 19, at the George A. Navarre Borough Building, 144 N. Binkley St. in Soldotna.

Dan Schwartz can be reached at daniel.schwartz@peninsulaclarion.com.

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