Kenai looks could change

Business ordinances top agenda tonight

Posted: Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Kenai businesses may not be “board” any longer. That is if the city council passes two ordinances tonight aimed at improving the look of the city’s business district.

After receiving many complaints from residents in recent years about boarded up businesses, one proposed ordinance amends the municipal code to disallow boarding up windows “except for temporary repairs or maintenance not to exceed 30 days.”

One reason for the change states that failure to maintain commercial buildings and property with the city “leads to an unattractive and undesirable commercial environment, which harms commercial activity within the city of Kenai.”

Under another proposed change to the city code, landscaping and site plan regulations would be amended to include the newly created limited

commercial zone in Kenai.

The limited commercial zone was created to provide transition areas between commercial and residential districts in the city by allowing low- to medium-volume businesses in mixed residential neighborhoods.

The intent of the landscaping code change is to provide attractive and functional separation and screening between uses.

The council will consider the ordinances at its meeting at 7 p.m. today at Kenai City Hall.

At the recommendation of city administrators, the council also is expected to award a $184,000 contract to start work on the new soccer park.

The city will present a resolution asking that the contract for clearing the land be awarded to low bidder Foster Construction Inc.

The soccer park contract calls for clearing trees from the proposed 25-acre site the city owns adjacent to the Kenai Spur Highway north of town, according to acting City Manager Chuck Kopp.

Initially the project calls for four regulation-size soccer fields to be built, along with a parking area.

The longer-range master plan for the development also includes softball playing fields and a BMX bike park, Kopp said.

The recreation area eventually will have a building housing a snack bar, fixed toilets and possibly a pro shop in which players and fans can purchase sports gear.

Tonight’s meeting will be Kopp’s last council meeting serving in the city manager spot.

Newly hired City Manager Rick Koch takes over Monday, with Kopp resuming full-time duties as police chief.

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