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Soldotna honors active community couple

Posted: May 23, 2013 - 8:59pm

At Wednesday’s Soldotna City Council meeting, the council declared May 25 Ed and Sharen Sleater Day.

The Sleaters have served on many Soldotna committees, from city council to library advisory board to Lions club.

Sharen currently serves as the state coordinator for WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease. She holds classes at once a month at Central Peninsula Hospital to educate women about the disease. Ed feels this is one of her most important volunteer positions.

Ed said his “claim to fame” is taking care of the flowers at Binkley Street and Redoubt Avenue.

“This is a volunteering town,” he said. “It really is. Everybody has such great community service habits. … I’m not the only one who plants flowers. I’m going to miss this place because these are special people.”

The couple has lived in Soldotna for about 15 years, and, this June, will be moving to Quincy, Wash., to be closer to their family.

The city presented the couple with a street sign with a city logo that reads “Sleater Ln.” City employees signed the back.

“It is a treasure,” Ed said. “It is an absolute treasure. That isn’t going to get lost in the move. I’ll guarantee you that. I’ll hang that on the front bumper as a license plate if I have to.”

Pioneer Street in Soldotna will soon be receiving a new sign as well. The council passed Resolution 2013-31 to change the name to Forty Seventh Street.

Due to multiple Pioneer streets within the borough, in March, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Addressing Officer requested the city consider renaming Pioneer Street to eliminate duplications. Renaming the street will help emergency services respond more quickly to emergencies.

The Planning and Zoning department notified Pioneer Street property owners and received no objections to renaming the street.

Marge Mullen, who lives on Pioneer Street in Soldotna, suggested the new name to the department to commemorate the year — 1947 — she and her husband, Frank, moved to the area. The couple drove from Anchorage to Moose Pass, where the highway ended, and then walked about 65 miles to homestead in what is now Soldotna’s downtown.

The borough addressing officer OK’d the new street name, allowing the council to unanimously pass the resolution at Wednesday’s meeting.

Ridgeway will retain its Pioneer Drive. Other towns in the borough have been asked to consider renaming their Pioneer streets.

The council unanimously set a public hearing for the Sterling Street and Kingfisher Court Special Assessment District Resolution 2013-30.

At the April 24 meeting, the council adopted Resolution 2013-22 to establish a SAD for six streets — Sterling Street, Kingfisher Court, Porcupine Street, Tyee Street, Aspen Drive and Lord Baranof Street.

Sterling Street and Kingfisher Court will be combined as a single project because they are adjacent streets.

A pubic hearing to consider the resolution is scheduled for July 10 where a decision to whether to move forward with the SAD project will be determined by the council.

The next Soldotna City Council meeting is June 12 at 6 p.m.

Kaylee Osowski can be reached at kaylee.osowski@peninsulaclarion.com.

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