The Soldotna City Council got the budget ball rolling at its meeting Wednesday night.
The council introduced the fiscal year 2001 budget and set public hearings for Tuesday and May 23 at 3 p.m. each day. The second session will be dedicated to utilities and parks and recreation, with the first session covering everything else. Public testimony also will be taken at the next regular council meeting at 7:30 p.m. May 24.
Also up for testimony at the next meeting will be changes to the East Redoubt paving project.
Due to problems with the road bed, the city of Soldotna is considering a change from the way the paving originally was planned. The new method would keep one lane of the road open to traffic through construction.
In other council news:
n The council approved a $10,000 contribution to the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce to cover production expenses for the chamber's new 38-minute promotional video.
"It's extremely well done," council member Joyce Cox said of the video.
n The council awarded a contract to paint the city reservoir holding tank to S&R Enterprises of Sterling. The value of the contract is $4,624. The reservoir will be blue to match the other water tanks.
n The council gave Dr. Alan Boraas permission to conduct an archaeological dig on city land adjacent to the river to investigate eight prehistoric houses.
The area, across the Kenai River from Centennial Park, was populated by a people called the Riverine Kachemak, who lived there from 1000 B.C. to 1000 A.D.
Boraas said the dig will be done by at least 15 Kenai Peninsula College students under his supervision.
"I'm anticipating it'll probably be a multiyear dig," Boraas said.
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