Assembly plans for busy night

Posted: Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Unable to complete their agenda at the Aug. 3 meeting, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will have a full plate Tuesday night that could make for a long night as members wrestle with a list of unfinished business, discuss several new measures set for introduction and conduct three public hearings.

By law, the assembly cannot conduct any business after midnight, and that deadline was easily reached Aug. 3.

Remaining from the last agenda is Ordinance 2004-26, which would amend borough code to authorize the administration to acquire interests in lands and resources costing $15,000 or less without the need for assembly approval. This would allow the administration, for example, to lease office space costing less than $15,000 a year without the need to get separate assembly approval. The primary purpose, said Planning Director Max Best, is to alleviate some of the delays and paperwork caused by requiring all acquisitions, no mater how small, to be approved by the assembly.

Six resolutions also remain from the earlier meeting, including Resolution 2004-051, supporting designation of the Sterling Highway as a State Scenic Byway between Skilak Road and Anchor Point. The idea has met with resistance from assembly members Grace Merkes of Sterling and Paul Fischer of Kasilof, who have said they would not support inclusion of their districts in the designation, should it pass. The resolution only adds the assembly's voice of support for the state designation. It does not create it.

The three ordinances up for public hearing include:

Ordinance 2004-19-04, which would appropriate $790,000 from the Land Trust Fund to construct roads and utilities in Birch and Grouse Ridge Subdivision.

Ordinance 2004-19-05, appropriating $217,975 to the Special Assessment Fund for the Tustumena Terrace Natural Gas Line Utility Special Assessment District. The money would be provided up front in the form of a loan from the general fund and repaid by property owners over the next 10 years as assessments on subdivision properties.

Ordinance 2004-19-06, which would accept a $40,450 grant from the state of Alaska for the borough's Coastal Management Program.

Also on the agenda are several ordinances and resolutions up for introduction. These will be included on the consent agenda and handled in one vote. Hearing dates will be set for the ordinances. They include ordinances appropriating $28,000 for a new vehicle for the planning department and $22,500 in state funds for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Local Emergency Planning Committee and amending the borough code to provide for a reduced filing fee, payment plan or a waiver of the filing fee for appeals to the Board of Adjustment by indigent appellants.

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