Assembly to address spending

Grants, school and road projects up for discussion

Posted: Monday, July 31, 2006

Several ordinances accepting and appropriating state funds will be on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly’s agenda Tuesday.

One would accept four state grants totaling $105,000 and appropriate them for school projects, including bleachers at Kenai Central High School, security cameras at Nikiski High School, roof repairs at Sears Elementary School and drainage improvements around Soldotna High School. The measure gets a public hearing Sept. 5.

Two others are aimed at road projects. The first would spend $1.8 million on road upgrades, while the other would spend $325,080 on improvements to Keystone Drive. The larger is scheduled for a public hearing Aug. 15. The Keystone ordinance is set for a hearing Sept. 5.

Other ordinances will transfer existing funds to further ongoing projects.

For instance, one would appropriate $250,000 from the general fund to partially reimburse the CES Capital Project Fund for its contribution to the construction of the new emergency response center in Soldotna. A hearing is scheduled for Sept. 5.

Another would take $707,000 from the Central Peninsula General Hospital Replacement and Expansion Fund for patient monitoring and telemetry equipment for the hospital. Its hearing is set for Aug. 15.

Still another would use $150,000 in general funds for capital improvements to borough facilities. Specific projects will be identified and approved individually by the assembly.

Public hearings are also scheduled on the following ordinances:

· Ordinance 2006-01 (Martin Substitute) concerning material site permits.

· Ordinance 2006-29 provides for a ballot measure this fall seeking approval for almost $2.6 million in general obligation bonds for capital improvements to schools.

· Ordinance 2006-31, which would eliminate a sunset date on the borough’s ability to exercise transportation powers.

· Ordinance 2006-31 (Sprague, Martin Substitute) seeking voter approval for the borough continuing transportation powers.

· Ordinance 2005-19-55, redirecting funds previously approved for software licensing to the general government capital projects fund.

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