Council votes down Lord Baranof SAD project

After listening to public testimony from three residents and discussing the project, the Soldotna City Council did not pass a resolution to form a special assessment district for Lord Baranof Street at its Wednesday night meeting.

The council unanimously voted down the resolution to pave the about 330-foot gravel stretch of road and further improve the road with a rolled curb and insulation for an existing water main.

Two property owners — one of whom owns three of the affected properties — sent letters to the city objecting the project. The Kenai Peninsula Borough has an outstanding lien against one of the properties on Lord Baranof, which council member Pete Sprague estimates puts the property owners at 50 percent against the SAD, so he said he was not in favor of passing the resolution.

Council member Regina Daniels agreed stating she went down the street and saw a lot of school-related traffic using the road as it is close to the Soldotna Middle School. According to city code SAD projects are created to primarily benefit the property owners in that area.

After voting down the resolution, the council also voted down the ordinance to appropriate money for the Lord Baranof project.

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