Borough landfill project to get funds

Posted: Monday, April 14, 2003

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is expected to approve a resolution Tuesday authorizing the sale of up to $7.04 million in general obligation bonds to pay the costs of improvements to the Central Peninsula Baling Facility at Soldotna.

Last fall, peninsula voters approved the sale of up to $12 million in bonds through the Alaska Municipal Bond Bank Authority to fund two phases of improvements expanding the landfill.

Resolution 2003-042 will provide funding for Phase 1, development of a landfill cell.

It is expected that the $4.96 million remaining after this initial sale would be issued in four to five years to provide money for construction of a second cell.

The borough is seeking state funding for the project, as well.

Concerning the landfill expansion project, the assembly will consider Resolution 2003-041, which would create an additional capital projects administrator position in the Capital Projects Division.

Also on Tuesday's assembly agenda is a resolution to appropriate $17,500 to the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council. The money would permit the tourism council to purchase advertisement space in the 2004 Milepost, a highly used Alaska travel guide. The ad would include a pullout map. The KPTMC lacks the funds in its current budget to pay for the ad, which must be purchased by May of this year. The $17,500 would come from unused funds in the general fund's nondepartmental account, an account that in the past has been used to pay for state and federal lobbyist. No state lobbyist was hired for the current legislative session.

Resolution 2003-043 would establish the borough's policy with respect to federal anti-terrorism acts, legislation and executive orders.

Public hearings will be held on four ordinances:

n Ordinance 2002-19-38 would redirect nearly $1.5 million in school bond proceeds and interest leftover from the 2000 bond sale to new school projects.

n Ordinance 2003-09 will authorize the lease of 54 acres of land within the buffer property of the Central Peninsula Landfill to the Kenai Peninsula Archers for use as an archery range. The 20-year lease would cost $1 a year.

n Ordinance 2003-10 would amend borough code clarifying the appeal process for procurement and purchasing actions.

n Ordinance 2003-12 would authorize sale of up to $10.5 million in general obligation bonds as part of the funding for $17 million in capital improvements to South Peninsula General Hospital. The bond sale would be contingent on approval by voters in the hospital's service area. A special election is planned for July 1. No increase in property taxes is anticipated, according to hospital officials.

Also, commending resolutions are expected to pass honoring the accomplishments of two basketball squads. The Nikiski High School girls' basketball team was this year's Class 3A state champs. Ninilchik High School girls' basketball team was the Class 2A state champions.

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