Cliff Massie ill, resigns post

Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2006

First-term council member Cliff Massie has resigned from the Kenai City Council for health reasons, Mayor Pat Porter told the council last week.

Porter, who read a brief statement from Massie, said it was a difficult decision for him to make. Massie’s resignation letter was dated July 31.

The 38-year Kenai resident campaigned for office in 2004, saying he disagreed with the city awarding a Kenai Recreation Center management contract to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula without public bidding.

He was elected to one of two three-year council seats open at the time. The other went to Joe Moore.

Massie’s remaining year of office will be up for election on the October ballot, Porter said.

In other business, the council rejected all bids for construction of the proposed Kenai soccer park and for installing a sprinkler system in Leif Hansen Memorial Park because the bids were all significantly over the city engineer’s estimates, according to City Manager Rick Koch.

Bids for building the soccer park along the Kenai Spur Highway north of Kenai were $484,000 and $441,000, submitted by Foster Construction Inc. and Twin Peaks Construction Inc., respectively.

The engineer’s estimate for building the park with four soccer fields is $303,500.

The only bid received for the park sprinklers was $79,728, submitted by Colton Underground Sprinklers, which exceeds the $50,000 available for the project, Koch said.

He said the soccer park will be put out for bid again next year, and the city would consider installing the sprinklers using city workers.

The council also got a look at revised plans for the Salamatof Native Association Inc. office park the group hopes to build on Marathon Road.

In June, Penny Carty, president and chief executive officer of Salamatof, approached the city seeking to purchase 16.1 acres of city-owned airport reserve land on Marathon.

Koch told the council he did not believe it was in the city’s best interest to divest a parcel that large.

Since that time, he has worked with Salamatof on a compromise and at last Wednesday’s meeting, Carty said the group would only need about 6 acres.

Council member Mike Boyle, who participated in the meeting telephonically, said he would still prefer leasing the land to Salamatof rather than selling it.

Plans call for erecting two 20,000-square-foot, two-story office buildings and a 40,000-square-foot, four-story office building. The Native association would lease out office space it did not use for its own purposes, Carty said.

The office park would be north of the Kenai Peninsula Youth Facility.

After Carty presented artist’s renderings of the planned buildings to the council, Porter said, “I’m sure you’ll be working with our administration on this plot of land.”

The council also set public hearings for Aug. 16 on an ordinance to appropriate $250,000 for fire training props and equipment used at the Alaska Regional Aircraft Training Center; and an ordinance replacing city codes relating to the operation of the city airport and leasing airport reserve lands.

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