Kenai's planning and zoning code is getting a facelift.
At its Wednesday night meeting, the Kenai City Council approved changes to the city's code on a 7-0 vote with only one amendment.
The amended section defines the time to come into compliance with off-street parking at nonresidential properties. It was shortened from two years to one on a 7-0 vote.
The parking portion of the code was modified to close a loophole that led to problems with business owners declaring part of their parking space as a yard and then using it for storage.
In other council news:
n The council created the Historic Commission to partially replace the Townsite Historic District Board, which was eliminated in its next action. Other duties of the board were give to the Planning and Zoning Commission;
n A contract worth $1,500 per month was given to Edwin Goggia for his services as building caretaker at Vintage Pointe Manor, the congregate housing for seniors next to the Kenai Senior Center;
n An appropriation of $6,019.71 was made to remodel the Kenai Municipal Airport office and buy new furniture.
Council member Duane Bannock called the expenditure, "a horrible case of bad timing," because it comes on the heels of airport landing fees doubling. The measure passed 6-1;
n A contract for $40,894 was given to Tri City's Construction to repair 400 feet of curb and gutter, 1,500 feet of sidewalk and 140 feet of driveway;
n The council withdrew its protest of the renewal of the liquor license at Alaskalanes. Last month the council voted to send a letter of protest to the state Alcohol and Beverage Control Board because Alaskalanes was behind on its tax to the borough and other payments to the city. The company came into compliance, so the protest was rescinded;
n The city had no objection to a liquor license renewal application by One Stop Liquors;
n Council member Linda Swarner said there was a problem with one member of the Airport Commission who is chronically absent at meetings. The mayor directed the city clerk to write a letter to the unnamed member and ask what her intentions are;
n A vacancy on the Harbor Commission was filled with the appointment by the mayor of Chuck Rogers;
n Council member Jim Bookey reported that attendance projections for the Alaska 2000 wildlife art show have been revised downward, though the Visitors and Convention Bureau Board still feels all costs will be met with some proceeds still going toward scholarships;
n Public Works Director Keith Kornelis reported that reconstruction work finally has begun on Forest Drive and Redoubt Avenue;
n He also reported the city's water quality report was ready to be mailed out to every resident of the city. Just as it did last fall, the test results were positive and showed no violations.
The council's next meeting will be July 5.
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