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Assembly passes dispatch center changes, flood plan update

Posted: January 22, 2014 - 11:37pm
File photo/Peninsula Clarion  In this Oct. 28, 2013 file photo the after affects of flooding that began in the Kalifornsky Beach area on shown in a neighborhood along the road.
File photo/Peninsula Clarion In this Oct. 28, 2013 file photo the after affects of flooding that began in the Kalifornsky Beach area on shown in a neighborhood along the road.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly held public hearings on two ordinances at its Tuesday night meeting.

Neither item prompted comments from borough residents.

The first ordinance concerned a staffing change at the Soldotna Public Safety Communication Center as well as a funding appropriation.

The assembly unanimously approved to create a new shift supervisor position and eliminate a dispatch position. The passage of the ordinance also OK’d increasing funding by $6,000 for the remainder of the fiscal year and $13,200 annually to make up the difference in position costs.

Assembly member Brent Johnson said having both the Alaska Department of Public Safety and the borough run the dispatch center has created some problems with filling some supervisor positions. Basically the ordinance promotes a borough dispatcher to a supervisor position, he said.

“That will reduce some of the wear and tear on people that have been putting in a lot of overtime,” Johnson said.

He said this change will reduce overtime, which could lead to cost savings for the borough.

The second ordinance considered by the assembly was the updating of the 2010 Kenai Peninsula Borough All-Hazard Mitigation Plan.

The assembly unanimously voted to delete the 2010 Seward/Bear Creek Flood Service Area Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan and adopt a 2013 version a flood mitigation plan for the same area. The Federal Emergency Management Agency recovery funding and grant programs require regular updates to plans, according to the ordinance.

East Peninsula assembly member Sue McClure said the plan is well thought out.

“It also exists on the books as something to look back to as the ongoing flooding occurs,” McClure said. … “My area of Seward and Bear Creek, it tends to regularly occur which is why we have this annex within our emergency plan.”

The next regularly scheduled assembly meeting is at 6 p.m. on Feb. 11 at the assembly chambers in Soldotna.

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

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