The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday appropriated more than $7 million from the sale of general obligation bonds approved by voters last year to the Central Peninsula Landfill expansion project.
The money will cover the first of a two-phase project to upgrade the regional solid waste facility near Soldotna. In all, voters have approved issuing up to $12 million in bonds for the project.
A contract for the initial excavation work was awarded to the Sterling-based CIC Inc. for $852,300. Borough Solid Waste Director Cathy Mayer said CIC will do the main clearing, grubbing and excavation for the first of two landfill cells. That work is expected to continue into December.
Next year, the borough will go out for bids for installation of the liner and leachate and gas recovery systems. That job should be awarded by spring with construction occurring next summer.
The project has been a long time coming.
"We've only been talking about it since 1990," she said. "We're finally doing it. It's an exciting project."
The assembly also appropriated a $993,000 grant from the Denali Commission that will help pay for a fire station for the Kachemak Emergency Service Area.
The service area was formed two years ago to provide fire suppression and emergency medical services to areas surrounding Homer and Kachemak City. KESA has acquired a 4.6-acre plot of land adjacent to McNeil Canyon Elementary School as a site for the new station. Architectural schematic design plans for a fire station that can accommodate a training center and community hall have been completed, according to borough grants manager Bonnie Golden. The project cost is about $1.35 million.
In other business, the assembly:
Approved Ordinance 2003-23, deleting requirements for mandatory deed restrictions on borough-owned land sold to private parties.
Approved Ordinance 2003-25, amending borough code to provide that future members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Education be elected from their respective districts, a move approved by voters last year.
Approved Resolution 2003-073, authorizing the purchase of a digital recording system. A majority of the assembly had voted its approval last month but lacked the necessary five votes for passage. The measure was brought back up on reconsideration and passed unanimously.
Approved a resolution noting the fact that Peninsula Communications Inc. can no longer broadcast borough assembly meetings into the Seward area and directing the administration to put the broadcast contract out for bid. Bids are due back by Aug. 31.
Approved by resolution the results of the special election on South Peninsula Hospital General Obligation Bonds. Voters approved the sale 1,201 to 752. The election approved spending up to $17 million on hospital expansion and authorized issuing up to $10.5 million in bonds.
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