Money matters head agenda

Grants require assembly review

Posted: Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Grant appropriations from state and federal sources will top the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly agenda at its first meeting of 2006 today at the Borough building in Soldotna.

One, a U.S. Department of Justice grant of $986,643, will be used to outfit the borough’s new facility being built in Soldotna to house E-911 Dispatch, Central Emergency Services Administration and the borough’s Emergency Operations Center with communications equipment and furnishings. A portion of the money will be used for consulting services.

Former borough Emergency Management Coordinator David Gibbs told the assembly in a November memo that the new high-tech system would improve the ability of various agencies across the borough to operate together.

Ordinance 2005-19-36, which accepts and appropriates the funds, gets a public hearing Tuesday.

Two other ordinances expend funds for training and equipment at two of the borough’s fire and emergency service areas also are up for public hearings.

Ordinance 2005-19-35 appropriates $71,338 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to the Lowell Point Emergency Service Area for use in training firefighters and buying equipment, including a generator, mobile radios, a submersible pump and other basic gear.

Ordinance 2005-19-37 spends $18,258 in Bear Creek Fire Service Area operating funds for a new trailer and rescue equipment.

Also up for a hearing is Ordinance 2005-19-34, a proposal to shift $50,000 that had been targeted for a new watering site in the Nikiski Fire Service Area budget toward purchase of two new tankers. The money will be added to $250,000 already earmarked for one tanker. According to Fire Chief Fred Swen, eliminating some fancy “bells and whistles” on the one tanker, the service area could have two, “upgrading the fleet in the most cost-efficient manner possible.”

In other business, the assembly is expected to hold hearings and act on:

Ordinance 2005-19-46, confirming the assessment roll for the Pollard Loop Utility special assessment district.

Ordinance 2005-47, confirming the assessment roll for the Scooter’s Landing Utility special assessment district.

Ordinance 2005-48, adopting the 2020 Seward Comprehensive Plan as the official comprehensive plan for the city.

Ordinance 2005-50 authorizing conveyance of a 10-acre parcel of land on West Redoubt Avenue to the city of Soldotna for use as a cemetery.

Ordinance 2005-51 (Substitute), repealing portions of Ordinance 2005-09 and ordering a special election to hold a referendum vote to decide whether to repeal the remainder of that ordinance. Portions of 2005-09 were repealed by voters at the Oct. 4 election.

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