Cooper Landing

Posted: Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Hello, neighbors.

George Siter, president of Cooper Landing Volunteer Fire Dept., reported on the current building construction and the future plans of the fire department to about 30 residents at the Jan. 27 Cooper Landing Community Club meeting. D and L Construction is erecting the new fire department building on a cement foundation. The well and water lines are in. Plans are for the fire department to merge with the Cooper Landing Volunteer Ambulance in building use, as a designated entity, and in spirit. George outlined future building plans, but land is an issue.

At present the Public Facilities site housing the ambulance service and the fire department across Snug Harbor Road from the post office is leased by the Kenai Peninsula Borough to the community via the CLCC. The 10-year lease is up in 2007.

In March of last year, the Community Club wrote to Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley requesting the lease be transferred to the fire department and ambulance service jointly. Also speaking for the local emergency service, Cheryle James and Carrie Williams explained the need for site control in order to receive funding for future expansion. Apparently the future of the presently leased site, nearly three acres, is tenuous. This site has been used for over 30 years for ambulance and fire department housing. The joint group also is looking at a 10-acre site near the Sunrise Inn for ambulance and fire department headquarters in the future.

Land also is an issue for the Cooper Landing Senior Citizens Corp. Inc., which has been trying for years to locate a suitable site for senior housing and other amenities. CLSCCI President Chuck Young reported CLSCCI is hiring a husband and wife consulting team who will help them work with the borough and with other aspects of the housing project.

Several acres above Snug Harbor Road, beyond residential areas, look promising. The seniors' big housing construction grant, over half a million, has a couple more years to run.

Cheryle James, new president of the Cooper Landing Chamber of Commerce, outlined projects the chamber is interested in being involved with in 2005. These include Brush Hog Day, a sports show, a music festival, the softball tournament, August forest festival, Halloween trick or treat trail and a Christmas gathering.

Marcelle Young is the president-elect, Carrie Williams is the treasurer and Deb Marshall is the chamber secretary. The next general meeting is scheduled for noon on Feb. 8 at the Sunrise Inn.

The Community Emergency Response Team is up and running. Those interested in CERT can call Carrie Williams at 595-1633.

The highway map showing "reasonable alternatives" for the Mile 45 to Mile 58 project was so interesting Carrie Williams said she would invite someone to speak about the highway project at the next Cooper Landing Advisory Planning Commission meeting Feb. 9.

Dan Michels is in charge of the 2005 softball tournament which is scheduled to begin May 27.

Katie Thomas spoke for the Cooper Landing Activity Divas outlining events scheduled for the next three months which include movies with discussions afterward, a wine and-or beer tasting party, a Mardi Gras party and a potluck.

These activities will be held at the community hall and are noted on the community calendar available at the post office on the first of each month, thanks to Arlene Knock.

The little low log fence along the south side of Helen Rhode Park is in the highway right of way and has to be removed by this summer. The CLCC worked to keep the fence, but the word from the right of way branch of the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is the fence is encroaching up to 16 feet. A caragana hedge is being considered as a replacement.

Community club officers elected for the next two years are Mona Painter, president; Jack Britton, vice president; and Mary Fort, secretary-treasurer. Jean Romig continues to take reservations for the community hall and center activities. She arranges opening and closing the hall for the users. The next CLCC meeting is March 31.

Last week, I left our friend Al Clayton in Anchorage with a truck full of food items and in minus 30 degree temperatures.

Every morning he warmed up his truck and went out to sell his goods. The shipping strike was over but he managed to sell all the ham and butter and most of the beans.

More of Al's adventures with his Diamond T flatbed truck are coming, thanks to Al and Maraley McMichael.

Mona Painter can be reached by phone at 595-1248 or by email at

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