Kenai Council approves OSH agreement, library grant

It took less than an hour for members of the Kenai City Council to conduct their business and adjourn for the evening. 


With Mayor Pat Porter absent, vice-mayor Ryan Marquis led the meeting. 

The group approved an ordinance appropriating grant funding for the Kenai Community Library and, with relatively little conversation, a settlement with the Occupational Safety and Health organization. 

The OSH settlement involved violations found at the Kenai Animal Shelter that have since been resolved — including one that required further employee training and another that requires the shelter to keep an electrical panel unobstructed. 

City Manager Rick Koch told council members the city participates in a "voluntary compliance" program that exempts it from those types of inspections but was a few months outside of the annual window when the inspector showed up at the animal shelter. 

Other ordinances passed included one reappropriating state grant funds for water, sewer and street improvements and another authorizing the city to spend a further $50,000 on legal council for a pending lawsuit with Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage, Inc.

During his city manager's report, Koch commended city personnel for quick work repairing a large chunk of South Spruce Street that washed out Oct. 29, during high water event.

More water is headed in that direction however as the city installed pumps Wednesday to provide relief to residents who live on Channel Way in the Inlet Woods subdivision north of Redoubt Ave., in Kenai. 

The road has been under several inches of water for more than two weeks — however Koch said he had yet to hear reports of anyone's home taking on water. 

Still, at least nine inches of water flooded the road in the northeast end of the subdivision Wednesday evening. Koch said the water was being pumped onto private land to the east of the subdivision and would eventually make its way through city stormwater diversions down toward South Spruce Street before draining into the inlet. 

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