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Soldotna Council amends, passes capital improvements plan

Body postpones sports center plans

Posted: September 25, 2013 - 8:52pm  |  Updated: September 25, 2013 - 9:38pm

Soldotna City Council met Wednesday night and discussed the Soldotna Sports Center and the capital improvement plan for funding requests and appropriated funding for purchases and projects.

 Council unanimously approved both ordinances on the agenda.

 The first ordinance increased funding for the airport apron expansion project. Funds are increasing by a total of $213,887. A Federal Aviation Administration grant will provide $200,519. A state grant and the city’s general fund will each provide $6,684 in additional funds.

 The ordinance appropriating $45,000 to purchase library books also passed. Ordinance 2012-027 states many of the books are the Joyce K. Carver Memorial Library are out of date and the Alaska State Library and Rachel Nash, city librarian, recommend replacing them.

 Council unanimously approved a resolution to purchase a used dump truck for $35,000. City Manager Mark Dixson said the new truck would most likely be used to haul snow and gravel.

 The Soldotna Sports Center has a new name as voted on by council. The body unanimously approved renaming the center the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. Dixson explained that the city’s name should remain in the title because Soldotna owns and operates the complex. However, “regional” is added because nonresidents use the facility and reflecting the extended service area in the name could help the city when seeking funding for the complex.

 The resolution to adopt the now Soldotna Regional Sports Complex plan was unanimously postponed by council. In a capital projects work session prior to the council meeting, council discussed the possible new amenities to the complex and funding of the project and decided more time was needed to consider the plans.

 A resolution to re-enter into a contract with Wince-Corthell-Bryson in the amount of $141,246 to update and redesign the water reservoir project failed. Dale Bagley was the only council member in favor of the contract. Regina Daniels had an excused absence from the meeting. Council member Pete Sprague said a project this substantial should go out for bid.

 Council unanimously adopted the Fiscal Year 2015 Capital Improvement Plan for funding requests at the state and federal level. Czarnezki moved to make one amendment to the plan to switch the priority of two projects putting sidewalk and lighting developments on West Redoubt before general sidewalk repair and construction throughout the city. The amendment passed unanimously.

 The final action item was a resolution ratifying the reapportion of a state grant for a traffic light at Birch Street. Council unanimously approved the resolution. Kyle Kornelis, city engineer, said the light is scheduled to be constructed summer 2014.

 The next regular council meeting is Oct. 9 at 6 p.m.

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