Council moves through its meeting

Soldotna High School football team crowded in the Soldotna City Council Chambers for Wednesday night’s meeting, but they didn’t stay long.

In its consent agenda, the council passed a resolution commending the team as the 2013 Medium-Schools State Champions.

Mayor Nels Anderson congratulated the team on its winning season before the team left and the council moved through its work, unanimously passing all items.

The council passed one ordinance to add a Librarian I position at the Joyce K. Carver Memorial Library. With the expanded library, additional staffing is needed, according to the ordinance.

The body passed five resolutions including approving its meeting schedule and approving job descriptions in the library department. Changes to the City Librarian and Assistant Librarian’s job descriptions were made to match city code and the Librarian I position was added.

Three financial resolutions were considered by the council.

The council authorized City Manager Mark Dixson to enter a contract with Vision Internet Providers, Inc., to design the City of Soldotna website for $30,060. Dixson said $35,000 was allocated for the project.

The city received 14 bids for the project. Vision Internet Providers, Inc., is based in southern California and has “extensive experience” with governments and submitted a “very personal” proposal, Stephanie Queen, director of economic development and planning, said.

The council also voted to enter a contract to buy a 2014 Ford F250 work truck for the Street Department for $23,788 from Anchorage-based Cal Worthington Ford.

Dixson said the city received a bid from Stanley Ford, but the local dealership exceeded the 5 percent difference that would, by code, allow the city accept the higher local bid over outside options.

He said the administration is looking at changing code to give the council more flexibility when considering local and outside bids.

Council members Keith Baxter and Meggean Bos both voiced their approval of moving forward in amending code to keep city money local.

“I definitely hope that the city looks at changing code to support more local businesses,” Bos said “I think that there’s a lot more involved than just a bottom dollar, especially when we’re talking about jobs and supporting our local businesses.”

The final resolution the council passed was to enter a contract with Wince-Corthell-Bryson Consulting Engineers to design the Kalifornsky Beach Water Reservoir in the amount of $179,423.

Reach Kaylee Osowski at kaylee.osowski@peninsulaclarion.com.

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