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Nikiski public pool to get new $150,000 disinfection system

Posted: Tuesday, April 25, 2006

A new system for disinfecting water used in the Nikiski public pool will be installed when the facility closes in September for annual maintenance.

At its April 18 meeting, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly introduced a measure that would spend $150,000 in North Peninsula Recreational Service Area funds on the project.

Craig Chapman, borough finance director, said appropriating the money during the current fiscal year would afford the time to award a contract and have the ultraviolet disinfection system custom built over the next three months, in preparation for installing the system during the September shutdown.

The recreation service area board authorized the system replacement as part of its fiscal year 2007 capital budget.

A public hearing on the matter is scheduled for May 16.

Another measure introduced at the April 18 meeting would amend borough code to exempt a senior housing project in Ninilchik from real property taxation.

Ninilchik Senior Citizens Inc., a nonprofit corporation formed in 1981, has bought property where it intends to develop senior housing.

An ordinance enacted in 2005 identified six senior citizen corporations whose property would be exempt from real property tax when used for senior housing. If enacted, the measure would add Ninilchik Senior Citizens Inc. to that list.

The ordinance's sponsor, Paul Fischer, assembly member from Kasilof who represents the Ninilchik area, noted that raw land owned by senior corporations is not exempted.

The exemption, he said, “ would apply once the land is developed to provide senior citizen housing.”

Other senior corporations already under the exemption program are in Cooper Landing, Homer, Nikiski, Sterling, Soldotna and Anchor Point.

A hearing on the ordinance is set for May 16.

Other ordinances introduced at the April 18 meeting included measures that would:

· Amend borough code to increase the E911 surcharge on local exchange wireless telephones from 75 cents to $1.15 per month. A hearing is set for May 16.

· Amend borough code to enact eligibility requirements for getting the state and borough senior and disabled veteran property tax exemption. The ordinance will get a public hearing on May 16.



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