Mayor honors Jim Bowles: Pat Porter donates to Providence Cancer Center

Posted: Friday, February 19, 2010

Instead of traveling to Anchorage to attend the memorial for ConocoPhillips Alaska president Jim Bowles, Kenai Mayor Pat Porter is donating the $250 in would-be travel expenses to the Providence Cancer Center as a remembrance in his name.

"He was an example of a wonderful city leader," Porter said. She said that Bowles worked hard to make the cancer center happen as it was "something near to his heart."

The Kenai City Council approved the expenditure of public money in the name of Jim Bowles at Wednesday night's meeting.

"ConocoPhllips has been a partner in this whole community I felt it was only appropriate," she said.

City Council had an otherwise fluid meeting Wednesday, passing three ordinances accepting state grants for the library and public safety and four resolutions, as well as hearing public comments on the Kenai Birding Celebration, the restoration of the Russian Orthodox Church, and on legislation affecting fisheries.

All ordinances were passed unanimously and without discussion.

A resolution awarding a $38,000 to Blazy construction for a Kenai Recreation Center locker room upgrade was passed unanimously, along with a $34,000 contract to CH2M Hill, Inc. for a sewer rate study update. Another resolution authorizing a budget transfer for a fiber-optic link between the police department, the library and city hall was also approved.

Other Kenai City Council action:

* An ordinance accepting a $1,000 Alaska state library grant for continuing education and staff training in Anchorage;

* An ordinance accepting a $7,092 grant from the Alaska Highway Safety Office in reimbursement for Kenai police seatbelt and DUI overtime patrols;

* An ordinance accepting a $8,524 state grant for a Kenai police officer's involvement in the state bureau of highway patrol traffic team.

Brielle Schaeffer can be reached at

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