Cemetery hearing on docket

Soldotna to take a second look at task force's recommendation

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2008

After much public outcry following a Soldotna City Council vote that ignored the recommendation of its task force for siting a city cemetery, a public hearing has been placed on the council agenda for Wednesday's meeting.

The Memorial Park Task Force had met for several months last year to determine where best to place a cemetery in the city. In the fall, the group toured a handful of sites and eventually voted to recommend a 10-acre parcel of city owned land near the Kenai River end of Redoubt Avenue as its number-one choice.

The announcement riled a group of influential property owners from the neighboring Mooring by the River Subdivision, who protested en masse during public hearings in November.

At a council meeting Jan. 9, Councilman Scott McLane asked that the city choose a piece of city land near the Soldotna Municipal Airport as its first selection, and concurred with City Manager Tom Boedeker's inference that he was to bring a resolution forward for action at the coming meeting.

The move angered a number of residents who lodged the protests on a local radio talk show.

The city is expected to take up McLane's preference as well as take public comment on the task force recommendation Wednesday.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. in Soldotna City Hall.

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