Elvis, Marilyn may show at Kenai airport

Posted: Tuesday, January 02, 2007

If it’s OK with the city council, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe and James Dean will soon be making an appearance at the Kenai Municipal Airport.

That is, the dining room decor of the airport restaurant will feature likenesses of the celebrities plus the Rat Pack, Lucille Ball, the Three Stooges and the Wizard of Oz, if the Kenai City Council approves a restaurant operating contract with Sherry and Teea McBride, currently doing business as the K-Beach Diner.

The pair has submitted a formal proposal to run the concession, formerly known as Wings.

If approved, the restaurant will reopen as the Kenai Cafe, and be open a minimum of eight hours a day, every day of the week.

The owners plan to be at Wednesday’s city council meeting to answer any questions council members may have.

If a contract is awarded, a grand opening would take place Jan. 12. The pact would run through March 31, 2012.

Wings Restaurant closed indefinitely Dec. 15, after the previous operators chose not to renew their concession agreement because of family health matters.

The city council also is expected to hear a report on the Pacific Rim Institute of Safety and Management (PRISM).

The city reached an agreement with the Alaska Division of Fire Prevention to take over management of the fire training facility after AAI Services Inc. told the city in June it did not intend to renew its contract.

AAI Services is a subsidiary of United Industries, which has operated the fire training center since it opened eight years ago.

The PRISM center provides vocational courses in aircraft and industrial fire training, health and safety management and maritime firefighting. Between 1,600 and 2,000 people are trained there each year.

In addition to training firefighters in aircraft and structural firefighting, the center offers training to oil platform workers, airline employees and emergency medical responders.

A public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday on an amendment to the city code allowing council members to participate in city council meetings telephonically.

As proposed, the change places additional responsibility on council members to notify the city in advance of planned absences and to pay for having backup materials mailed to them to assist them in participating.

Once approved, the change would go into effect Feb. 17.

The city council meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Phil Hermanek can be reached at phillip.hermanek @peninsulaclarion.com.

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