Soldotna changes city code

Soldotna City Council talked city codes at its Wednesday night meeting.

The council postponed one of the ordinances and adopted the other.

An ordinance prohibiting commercial vehicles from using certain city streets was originally introduced to council in October 2013 and was postponed then so clarifications could be made.

It was scheduled for public hearing Wednesday and council voted to amend the ordinance as recommended by administration. The ordinance originally didn’t allow commercial vehicles on collector and secondary streets. The council amended it to prohibit commercial vehicles from all city streets unless they are making deliveries or pickups or performing services requiring travel on the street.

The council voted to postpone the pubic hearing on the ordinance to its next meeting on Feb. 26 at 6 p.m.

The council unanimously approved an ordinance introduced by council member Keith Baxter to amend special assessment district code.

Previously the code stated that the council may not proceed with a SAD if property owners bearing 50 percent of the estimated cost of the improvement object, unless it is passed with a 75 percent majority vote or the council revises the SAD so the objections are fewer than half of the improvement cost.

If the city is funding 75 percent of the project, the code sets an impossible standard for the property owners’ objects to reach the 50 percent threshold, Baxter said in a previous Clarion interview.

The ordinance revised the code so that objections are applied to the estimated improvement cost to be assessed to property owners instead of the whole project cost, which gives more weight to property owners' objections.

 

 

 

 

 

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