Manager finalists on agenda

Posted: Monday, May 21, 2001

The Kenai City Council will interview the two finalists to replace City Manager Rick Ross this week.

On Wednesday at 6 p.m., the council will be interviewing Linda Snow, current city manager of Petersburg. On Friday at 6 p.m., the council will interview Chris Hladick, the current city manager of Dillingham.

Both meetings will be in the city council chambers at Kenai City Hall and are open to the public.

Snow and Hladick will meet city department heads during the day and eat lunch at the senior center, before meeting with the council, on the days they are in town.

On May 30 at 7 p.m., a special city council meeting will be held to select one of the two to offer the job to.

The city council is seeking a replacement for Ross, who announced his retirement in December. However, he will stay in the position through the end of June to help his replacement transition into the job.

In other council news from Wednesday's meeting:

n The Collings Foundation, which brought two World War II-vintage bombers to Kenai last summer, is coming again this summer.

Kenai Municipal Airport Manager Becky Cronkhite told the council the planes will fly into town from Kodiak the afternoon of July 3 and go on static display until July 5. She said they may do a fly-over of the Fourth of July parade as well.

n The council followed the advice of the Planning and Zoning Commission and amended the definition of hotel and added a definition for lodge in the Kenai zoning code.

Current code does not distinguish between large and small hotel types, so the council added "lodge" to the code to define those types of businesses with five or fewer bedrooms. Hotels will be those with more than five.

n The city's planning coordinator, Marilyn Kebschull, was promoted to city planner after receiving her certification in planning.

n The special-use permit allowing Reean Pitts to operate a cash machine in the airport terminal was renewed until June 30, 2002.

n Tri Cities Construction was awarded a bid in the amount of $14,040 to construct 300 new feet of sidewalk in Leif Hansen Memorial Park and a sidewalk around the Mariner's Memorial.

n Kevin Waring Associates was awarded a bid in the amount of $79,748 to create the city's new comprehensive plan. None of the council members indicated they had read Waring's proposal when Mayor John Williams asked, so the council took a short break to review it before voting 7-0 to award the bid. Waring was the only company to bid the project, according to City Engineer Jack LaShot.

n Parks and Recreation Director Bob Frates informed the council that 2,000 flowers are in bloom at the city's greenhouse and all of them will be planted before the end of the second week in June.

Council member Jim Bookey asked why the planting is so late this year, since the council had given the department $4,000 more dollars this year to have flowers planted by June 1. He said that last year the flowers did not appear until near the third week of the month.

Ross agreed that late a date was unacceptable and said most of the flowers this year will be in the ground before the end of the first week of June. Planting begins this week.

n The Beautification Committee has an opening after the resignation of Karolee Hansen, who wrote that she would be out of town all of May and June. She said she would be available for weeding the flower beds in July and August and asked to be considered for the committee again in the future.

Bookey pointed out that the Harbor Commission also was short a member and suggested the city advertise for more applicants to serve on the city's committees and commissions.

n Ross announced that Rachel Craig, of Anchorage, will replace Kelly Kelso as director of the Kenai Senior Center. Kelso's last day will be June 22.

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