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Soldotna council talks city hall improvement funds

Council talks city hall upgrade funds

Posted: February 28, 2013 - 9:51pm  |  Updated: March 1, 2013 - 9:30am

The Soldotna City Council approved a resolution authorizing the use of $224,700 for various projects, including improvements at Soldotna City Hall, during its regular meeting Wednesday.

Of that money, $185,000 will be used for the City Hall Improvements Project, which is centered on safety improvements and space utilization.

“We are hiring a firm to come in and make recommendations as far as security and as far as office configuration because we have a lot of dead space,” said Soldotna City Manager Mark Dixon.

Dixon said security isn’t a big concern, but it is something to consider.

“Right now we don’t necessarily always have somebody at the front desk,” he said, adding there is a concern that someone could walk in and come upon confidential items.

Dixon said the city hopes to utilize areas in city hall not currently being used through reconfiguration.

The remaining $39,700 will be used in construction of a gazebo at Parker Park.

The funds were originally appropriated for the Soldotna “Y” Beautification Project and repair projects on two local streets.

The money became available when a grant from the state paid for the two road repair projects and permitting obstacles with the beautification project left a remaining $39,000.

The council also approved the introduction of two ordinances.

The first will amend the Soldotna Municipal Code to adopting new rates for sign permit review fees. The second allows the transfer of $180,000 from the miscellaneous capital projects fund to the parks and recreation capital projects fund for pedestrian accommodations at Soldotna Creek Park.

Public hearing on the ordinances will be at the next council meeting on March 13.

In other news, the council:

■ Approved a donation of $250 to the Soldotna High School after graduation party.

■ Approved an ordinance amending chapter 2.24 of the Soldotna municipal code related to conflicts of interest of city officials.

■ Approved an ordinance increasing the estimated revenues and appropriations by $12,000 for an assessment of the city’s information technology environment.

■ Approved an ordinance increasing the estimated revenues and appropriations by $25,000 for the construction of a cold storage building at the wastewater treatment plant.

■ Approved a resolution authorizing the city manager to execute a contract with Dan Sterchi Construction in the amount of $225,313 for the 2013 Soldotna cold storage buildings.

 

Devin Wagner can be reached at news@peninsulaclarion.com.

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