Assembly set to accept salmon-branding grant

Posted: Friday, February 07, 2003

The Cook Inlet salmon-branding project known as "Kenai Wild" has just gotten notice of another financial shot in the arm.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will provide the program a grant for nearly $400,000 under its Saltonstall-Kennedy program.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Tuesday voted to introduce an ordinance accepting and appropriating the grant. Ordinance 2002-19-32 will get a public hearing March 11.

The $399,659 grant requires a 10 percent match. Cook Inlet Salmon Brand Inc., the nonprofit organization established to improve the quality of Cook Inlet salmon through better fish handling, processing and marketing will use $40,000 from a $93,000 state legislative grant to meet the match.

"The acceptance of the NOAA grant will provide sufficient funding for CISB to continue operations for at least one more year," assembly member Chris Moss said in a January letter to the assembly. "The funds will be used to train certified inspectors, market certified branded fish, and for other purposes authorized by the grant documents."

The assembly also introduced Ordinance 2003-03, which would establish the Lowell Point Emergency Service Area south of Seward.

Services are provided currently on an intermittent basis by the city of Seward and Bear Creek Fire Service Area. A single road connecting the area from Seward is often impassible by emergency vehicles.

The nonprofit Lowell Point Community Council Inc. has been working toward providing fire protection services for the area for several years. A recent survey showed strong support for creation of a service area.

A proposition proposing creation of the service area will be presented to service area voters by mail-in ballot in June.

If approved, a board would be appointed for the first year's operations, after which, the board would be elected.

The assembly also introduced Ordinance 2003-04, confirming the assessment roll of the K-B Subdivision Road Improvement Assessment District and Ordinance 2003-05 amending borough code to eliminate a requirement that electronic recordings (tape) constitute the official record of assembly meetings. The ordinance would require written minutes.

Public hearings will be held on both ordinances on March 11.

In other business, the assembly:

n Adopted Ordinance 2002-19-28 accepting and appropriating a $10,000 grant from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation for development of geographic response strategies. The borough will contract with the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council for the services.

n Adopted Ordinance 2002-19-29 accepting and appropriating a $25,000 grant from the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Division of Emergency Services, to continue work on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Local Emergency Planning Committee.

n Adopted Ordinance 2003-01 amending the assembly agenda's order of business. Committee reports will now be given prior to assembly consideration of items on the consent agenda.

n Adopted emergency Ordi-nance 2002-19-31 appropriating $140,000 to replace the elevator at the borough administration building in Soldotna.

n Passed Resolution 2003-015 asking the state Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation to include compliance with borough personal property tax law in the qualifications for a Kenai River guide permit.

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