Assembly to consider putting bridge to vote

Posted: Monday, July 11, 2005

An advisory proposition concerning a proposal to build the Funny River Bridge may be added to the fall municipal ballot if a resolution going before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly passes on Tuesday.

Resolution 2005-070 would place the following questions before Road Service Area voters: 1) Should the state construct the bridge; and 2) Should the borough contribute toward the project?

"By asking both of these questions, it is our intent to gain guidance from the voters regarding whether the bridge should be constructed at all, and, if so, which entity should contribute to construction of the bridge," said Mayor Dale Bagley in a memo to the assembly.

The advisory proposition would go be-fore voters bor-oughwide because borough funds could be in-cluded in fi-nancing the project, the mayor said.

At its June 7 meeting, the assembly tabled Resolution 2005-044, which supported the bridge project and would have authorized the mayor to negotiate the administration, management and ownership of the project with the Alaska Department of Transportation.

At that time, assembly member Grace Merkes, of Sterling, said she intended to present an advisory ballot proposition to the assembly.

If Resolution 2005-070 meets assembly approval, it would appear on the Oct. 4 municipal ballot.

Tuesday's assembly agenda also includes public hearing on several ordinances accepting and appropriation various sizeable grants.

Ordinance 2005-10-01, for instance, would accept a state grant of $2 million for Keystone Drive road improvements.

That money would be added to $1 million already obtained for the project, which would rebuild the collector road located along the Kenai River in Soldotna.

Ordinance 2005-19-02 would accept and appropriate a U.S. Federal Transit Administration grant of $1.46 million, along with matching funds of nearly $300,000 from borough coffers, for new school buses. The money would buy between 15 and 22 small buses that would be used during the Arctic Winter Games. After the games, the buses would become part of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District transportation fleet.

In other business, the assembly will take testimony on:

n Ordinance 2005-19-04, accepting $93,084 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for Central Emergency Services for fire prevention and safety.

n Ordinance 2005-19-05, accepting and appropriating a federal grant of $992,000 to cover housing needs for the Arctic Winter Games.

n Ordinance 2005-19-06, appropriating $174,691 to the special assessment fund for Pollard Loop natural gas line utility special assessment district.

n Ordinance 2005-19-07, appropriating $111,118 to the Special Assessment Fund for Scooter's Landing natural gas line utility special assessment district.

n Ordinance 2005-26, auth-orizing a land exchange with the city of Soldotna of a 10-acre borough parcel on West Redoubt for a 17-acre city parcel on the Sterling Highway to support a Soldotna city cemetery.

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