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Borough to receive $41 million

Posted: Sunday, May 24, 2009

At a time when funds are tight, the Kenai Peninsula Borough stands to receive more than $41 million in federal stimulus funds.

By signing the capital budget into law on Thursday, Gov. Sarah Palin gave the borough funding for almost every project for which money was requested.

"There is nothing vetoed in any of the things that we asked for," said Borough Mayor Dave Carey. "It is with much appreciation and respect that I announce the projects and services for the Kenai Peninsula Borough that have been signed by Gov. Palin after being passed by both Houses of the Legislature," he said in an e-mail on Friday.

The city of Kenai's largest sums of money are for bluff stabilization -- $2 million -- and water line and well -- $2.1 million. Ninilchik will receive $1.6 million for water-sewer repairs and Sterling's largest project included is its scale house replacement slated for $2 million.

Nikiski has more than $700,000 included in the bill for its Fire Station 2 project. The central peninsula's largest sum of money -- $15 million -- is slated for a highway resurfacing project from Soldotna to Coho Loop in Kasilof.

Other peninsula cities, such as Homer, Seward, Anchor Point and Seldovia will also receive sizeable amounts of money for various projects.

"House Speaker (Mike) Chenault and Senate President (Gary) Stevens along with Sen. (Tom) Wagoner and Reps. (Kurt) Olson and (Paul) Seaton have worked many hours on behalf of borough needs and residents," Carey said. "I thank the governor and all members of the Legislature and their staffs for laboring on behalf of borough needs. We will do our best to see these projects and services are completed efficiently and fairly."

Mike Nesper can be reached at mike.nesper@peninsulaclarion.com.



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