Housekeeping holds sway over Soldotna city agenda

Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Although a proposal to close the Kenai River bridge for nine nights in July is expected to draw some heat, it is not the sole issue facing Soldotna civic leaders tonight.

The city administration was asked by the city council last fall to standardize the requirements for various boards and commissions that serve the municipality.

Ordinance 2006-23, as proposed, does just that.

The amendment to the city’s code would establish a default size of five members, plus one alternate, on the Library Board, the Parks and Recreation Board and the Airport Commission, according to City Manager Tom Boedeker. It would allow that one member be a nonresident of Soldotna. The Airport Commission has proposed allowing two members to be out-of-towners.

The city council also will be asked to formally approve an extra week of annual paid vacation for Police Chief John Lucking Jr.

Boedeker said when the city hired the chief — nearly three years ago — in order to recruit a candidate with the many years of experience Lucking had, the city agreed to start him with three weeks of vacation rather than the customary two for new hires.

The exception, required the approval of the council, but through an oversight, it was not submitted for approval.

The council also is expected to hear from the developer of the Westgate Subdivision, who is seeking an extension of his building permits so he can begin work on more houses before winter.

Boedeker said the Kenai Peninsula Borough was to address platting in the subdivision but has postponed action until late August.

“He can’t start houses that late in the year and said he might as well stop work right now,” Boedeker said.

The city council can allow permit extensions.

The council meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

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