Kenai looks to roll out green carpet

Posted: Thursday, April 21, 2011

At Tuesday's preliminary budget work session, Kenai's city council made just one directive regarding the FY2012 budget.

Council members asked city administration to look into possible grant accounts to fund preliminary work on a multipurpose turf facility.

"I'm with you," said Mayor Pat Porter after two members of the public came forward and asked about such a facility. "It's time to get on the bandwagon and do something."

Mike Navarre asked the council to consider quality of life, not just cost, in building a facility. He noted that other sites on the central Kenai Peninsula, like the Soldotna Sports Center or the Kenai Recreation Center, probably don't pay for themselves, but the community wanted them built anyway.

"Did they ever really pay for themselves?" he asked. "It depends on how you value them."

City Manager Rick Koch said he could look for a funding source outside of the general fund, so it wouldn't affect the overall budget proposed that night, which put Kenai slightly ahead. He estimated the cost of conceptual drawings and some information distribution and outreach to get the word out at about $25,000.

The council will have another budget work session in May before the budget comes before the council to be adopted.

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