Water, sewer service policy focus of councilBy PHIL HERMANEKPeninsula Clarion At the recommendation of City Manager Tom Boedeker, the Soldotna City Council on Wed-nesday scheduled a work session to create a connection policy for water and sewer services provided to properties outside city limits.
Boedeker said the city is proceeding with its Funny River Road water and sewer mainline extension project, funded mainly by the Department of Environmental Conservation.
One aspect of the project is enabling property owners along the road to connect to the city's system.
He said it would be advisable for the city to have a connection policy in place before completion of the project to answer whether the city allows property outside city limits to connect to its utility systems; if those properties would be required to become part of the city once connected; and if the properties would be required to connect to water or sewer only or both.
Council member Jim Stogsdill, acting as vice mayor in the absence of Soldotna Mayor David Carey, scheduled a work session for 6 p.m. April 9 to discuss creating a connection policy.
In other city council business, a $5,000 donation to Soldotna After the Bell was approved unanimously.
After the Bell provides academic support to students at all five Soldotna schools, including tutoring and help with homework, and provides a healthy snack and activities in a safe after-school environment, according to Ginger Steffy, president of the program's board.
The council also OK'd a resolution authorizing application to be made for an Edward Byrne memorial grant for the sixth consecutive year to help combat illicit drug problems.
For the past five years, the grant has enabled the Kenai Peninsula to form a multijurisdictional task force to combat the drug problem.
The Soldotna Police Depart-ment is the project coordinating agency.
Two ordinances were passed unanimously by the council, one revising the 2003 budget for the general fund, utility fund, capital and the parks and recreation fund, and one reclassifying the mayor's salary.
The change in the mayor's salary -- as requested by Carey -- gives the mayor the option to receive a $50 a month salary and a $250 expense account to reimburse expenses incurred that are related to the position of mayor.
Previously the mayor's salary was a set $300 a month.
The council also approved a resolution awarding a $34,475 engineering services contract to William J. Nelson and Associates, Consulting Engineers Inc., for the Soldotna Creek culvert replacement project.
During a department managers' report segment of the council meeting, Police Chief Shirley Gifford thanked the council for approving the Byrne grant and congratulated the council's student representative Pehr Hartvig-son and members of the Soldotna High School team for winning the Alaska Mock Trial Championship in Anchorage.
"After seven years of working with those kids, Mrs. (LaDawn) Druce deserves praise also," Gifford said.
Druce is the team's coach and faculty adviser.
Stogsdill and other council members said their thoughts and prayers were with Mayor Carey on the recent death of his mother.
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