Higher price on summer fun

Soldotna eyes fee increase at city’s camping, boat launch sites

Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The price of summer is going up.

Already obvious to motorists, the fuel bill for getting to a favorite summertime fishing or camping spot will be more than ever.

If the Soldotna City Council approves a Parks and Recreation bill of fare Wednesday, the actual cost of camping in Soldotna and launching a boat from that city’s ramps will be more, as well.

The one-night camping fee will go up $2 to $14 and the boat launch fee goes from $9 to $10. The combination camping-boat launch fee goes up $1 to $23.

A seasonal boat-launch fee, which was $250, would go to $300.

Seasonal day-use passes for vehicles shorter than 22 feet goes from $40 to $50; and increases by $10 for vehicles longer than 22 feet from $60 to $70.

The new fee schedule adds a campground day use fee of $6, the same as the new day-use parking fee, which previously was $5.

By city code, changes in the fee structure need to be approved by a resolution of the council.

Before the council meeting gets under way, council members and city administrators are slated to conduct a work session on the proposed fiscal year 2007-08 city budget.

A public hearing on the $10 million budget was scheduled for May 9. No one from the public commented. A second, mandatory public hearing is to be conducted Wednesday.

City Manager Tom Boedeker said earlier, the final budget figure will not be available until contract negotiations with union-represented city workers are complete, and until the city knows exactly how much assistance it will receive from the state toward pensions and municipal revenue sharing.

The council also is slated to introduce an ordinance authorizing $1.2 million to be received from Kenai Peninsula College for a city water main line to be extended to the campus. The existing water line ends about 500 feet from the intersection of Kalifornsky Beach Road and Endicott Drive.

An additional $12,600 will be considered for a change order involving the construction and handicap access design for the Soldotna Visitor Center-Kenai Classic fishwalk.

Peninsula Construction had been awarded the initial $276,475 contract for the project, but ice and flood damage during the winter necessitated the change, which adds lineal feet of fishwalk, pilings and hand rails.

The regular council meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. The budget work session is at 5:30.

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