Kenai puts grant money to use

The Kenai City Council officially appropriated five state capital grants that totaled $4.6 million dollars through five separate ordinances at Wednesday’s meeting.

Legislative grants for a new south beach access road and new city equipment storage building totaled $1.9 million each. The ordinances also include $250,000 for improvements to the Kenai Recreation Center, $400,000 for a replacement fire engine, $200,000 for wastewater treatment plant upgrades and renovations design.

Mayor Pat Porter said each of the projects were vital to the city and applauded the efforts of Kenai City Manager Rick Koch who worked with the local legislators to secure capital money.

In total the city council approved 11 ordinances and four resolutions. An ordinance to amend city code on Personnel Regulations was postponed until the first meeting in August when the Kenai City Attorney Scott Bloom returned from vacation.

The council passed an ordinance that changed how they approve the renewal of liquor licenses by moving it from action/approval to the consent agenda. Council member Terry Bookey sponsored the ordinance. He said the city used to handle liquor licenses on the consent agenda and would like to see them do so again.

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