Ready to kick off park work

Kenai council OKs contract for new soccer complex

Posted: Monday, March 26, 2007

A $265,114 contract was approved Wednesday for CIC Inc. to build the new soccer park on the north side of Kenai.

The contract is for building two soccer fields through topsoil and seeding, building two soccer fields up to a dirt surface ready for future topsoil and seeding, building one of two parking lots and an access road and making water system improvements.

In a memo to the Kenai City Council from City Manager Rick Koch, he said topsoil and seeding of the two unfinished fields could be done as a future project or could be added to this contract as a negotiated change order.

Work on the new soccer park is scheduled to begin during the coming construction season. The grass fields will not be ready for play this year when the state soccer championships are slated to be played in Kenai.

Council members introduced an ordinance setting boundaries for the new Central Mixed Use Zone in Kenai approved late last year.

The new zone, designed to make the central area of the city pedestrian-friendly for shopping, personal and professional services, entertainment and restaurants mixed in with residences, is north and south of the Kenai Spur Highway and includes property between Bridge Access Road and Upland Street and along Main Street Loop, North Willow Street and Airport Way.

The boundaries are scheduled for adoption at the council’s next meeting, April 4, and would go into effect June 4.

The council unanimously approved new fees for the Kenai Golf Course for this season.

Weekday rates for nine holes go from $12 to $14, and for 18 holes the price rises $4 to $24. Weekend rates go up $2 to $16 for nine holes and $26 for 18.

New golf course owner, Gordon Griffin, told City Manager Rick Koch in a letter that the fee hikes are needed because of “recent price increases in energy and other related business expenses.”

Griffin said he has added a family season rate. “A family of four or more can now play for a total of $975 for the entire season,” he said.

At the suggestion of council member Linda Swarner, the council asked city administration to send a letter to the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board protesting the renewal of Kenai Joe’s liquor license.

The council had been informed that the tavern owner owes city water and sewer fees and Kenai Peninsula Borough property and sales taxes.

Council members also introduced an ordinance amending the municipal code regarding leases of city property with an option to buy.

Council member Rick Ross said the code currently allows for lease-purchase agreements, but after the lessee has completed developments as spelled out in the contract, if the lessee wants to purchase the property, he or she must come back before the council for approval. Ross said as long as the terms are met, the lessee should not be required to make a second appearance before a future council to obtain purchase approval.

Council member Mike Boyle objected, saying, “We’re too quick to sell city land.”

Ross pointed out that the lease-purchase option already exists in the city code, and the proposed ordinance “cleans up the language.”

The ordinance was introduced over the objection of Boyle.

A public hearing was slated for April 4 on the change.

Phil Hermanek can be reached at phillip.hermanek@peninsulaclarion.com.



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