The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will hold a hearing during its meeting in Seldovia tonight on a proposal for the borough to adopt road construction powers.
Another hearing is slated Aug. 1. If the assembly approves, the proposal will go to voters within the borough Road Service Area on Oct. 3.
Borough Mayor Dale Bagley introduced the road-building proposal.
"The distinction between improvement and construction is often confusing, and many citizens within the Road Service Area already believe we possess construction powers," he wrote in a May 25 letter to the assembly. "The borough has constructed short lengths of road pursuant to other powers, for example, to borough schools pursuant to our education powers.
"However, every time a road construction project is considered, it is necessary to analyze whether the road construction is incidental to the purpose of another power. The adoption of construction powers would also enable the borough to undertake road construction projects that may have outside funding sources, such as federal grants."
The assembly meeting will broadcast at 7 p.m. on radio station KPEN, found at 101.7 FM on the central peninsula and at other frequencies in Homer, Anchor Point, Seldovia and Seward, and it will be broadcast on KGTL, 620 AM.
Other items on a packed assembly agenda include:
n An ordinance accepting a $1.6 million state grant for design and construction of the Kenai Health Center.
n An ordinance accepting state grants of $1.3 million for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Coastal Management Program.
n Introduction of an ordinance to place creation of the Greater Kachemak Bay Fire and Emergency Service Area before voters in a Dec. 5 by-mail election. A public hearing would be Aug. 15.
n Introduction of an ordinance providing for an Oct. 3 ballot measure asking whether the borough should borrow up to $7.4 million to pay for school maintenance and improvement projects. Under a new state law, the borough would be eligible for reimbursement of 70 percent of the principal and interest. A public hearing would be Aug. 15.
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