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Council certifies election, looks to fill 2 more seats

Posted: October 10, 2013 - 8:44pm

Along with new members elected this month, Soldotna City Council will soon see new appointed members as two seat-holders resigned at Wednesday’s meeting.

The council unanimously certified its municipal election results, seeing Meggean Bos voted to Seat B, Keith Baxter to Seat E and Regina Daniels re-elected to Seat D.

Final votes for Seat B were 341 for Bos and 309 for Dave Carey. In the Seat E race, Baxter won with 379 votes and 199 votes were cast for Paul Whitney. Daniels ran unopposed and received 533 votes.

Former council member Brenda Hartman also served as Soldotna’s vice mayor. Daniels was appointed to take over the position.

With his election to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, the city is accepting applications for Dale Bagley’s Seat C replacement, as well as for John Czarnezki’s Seat A. Czarnezki has accepted a job with the city’s planning and zoning department. The council unanimously accepted both council members’ letters of resignation.

The applications will be available on the city’s website or for pick up at Soldotna City Hall. The deadline to apply is Oct. 16 at 4:30 p.m. Applicants will be interviewed at the Oct. 23 council meeting. Applicants must be qualified Soldotna voters and have been a resident for one year prior to the Oct. 23 appointment. Appointed council members will serve in those seats until the next regular election in October 2014.

The council considered an ordinance to amend municipal code to increase maximum driveway widths from 24 feet to 30 feet.

“Obviously staff’s not for (the ordinance), but I just believe that increasing the driveway width … will be better for residents in the city,” Bagley said. “I realize there’s challenges with snow removal, but I think it can be accomplished.”

The motion failed.

“I agree with Mr. Bagley that this was a bad deal, and we need to have a better way to make exceptions to our code,” Mayor Nels Anderson said.

The council unanimously passed an ordinance to change residency requirements for board members. The Soldotna City Clerk Shellie Saner said filling seats on advisory boards is difficult and the Library Advisory Board reviewed the regulations for board members. The ordinance will keep the two of members in city limits but will also allow two members who live outside to serve on the board. The fifth member must either live in city limits or own a business in city limits.

Following an impromptu executive session, council amended an ordinance that would allow the city engineer to grant exceptions to construction standards when it is in the best interest of the city. The ordinance originally stated, “This ordinance shall be retroactive to be effective as if it were enacted on April 1, 2013.” The council changed it to be effective upon ordinance adoption. The amended ordinance passed.

Along with certifying election results, the following resolutions were also passed:

— Adopting the substitute Master Plan Concept for the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex with maximum construction cost limited at $17 million,

— Authorizing the city manager to purchase wood decking for ice rink floor covering in the amount of $35,668,

— Allowing the city manager to enter a contract with SGM Incorporated for $148,000 for the Binkley Street Road Rehabilitation Design project,

— Changing the title and scope of a state grant from “Redoubt Avenue Street Improvement Project” to “Redoubt Avenue and Other Street Improvement Projects.”

The next council meeting is at 6 p.m. on Oct. 23 at Soldotna City Hall.

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

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