Assembly OKs sales, postpones Russian Gap vote

Posted: Monday, August 28, 2000

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly recently authorized the sale of several previously offered parcels but put off a vote on whether to offer a new subdivision in Cooper Landing.

On Aug. 15, the assembly set a Sept. 19 sale by sealed bid of the following parcels of land:

40.5 acres on the Cook Inlet bluffs near Wildwood Correctional Center, with a minimum bid of $425,000,

10 acres off McCollum Drive in Kenai with a minimum bid of $56,000,

2.5 acres near McCollum Drive with a minimum bid of $12,600,

7.22 acres on the Cook Inlet bluffs along Kalifornsky Beach Road, with a minimum bid of $144,500,

2.35 acres one street back from the bluff along K-Beach Road, with a minimum bid of $20,000,

1.49 acres one street back from the bluff along K-Beach Road, with a minimum bid of $16,000,

39 acres on the inland side of K-Beach Road, with a minimum bid of $87,500,

22 acres off Cohoe Loop near the mouth of the Kasilof River with a minimum bid of $43,000. That is reduced from the $63,000 minimum bid the borough asked in previous sales.

Due to the presence of archeological sites, though, the assembly rejected Mayor Dale Bagley's proposal to include two new tracts off Tote Road south of Soldotna in the sale.

Planning Director Bob Bright said the administration already had identified some ancient Native house sites on borough land off Tote Road and separated that site to be classified for preservation.

Before the Aug. 15 meeting, though, more archeological remains were discovered.

"We're working on that now, figuring a strategy," Bright said. "I don't know what the final result will be."

Assembly member Tim Navarre said the borough policy should be to consult Native tribes.

In other action, the assembly postponed a vote until its Sept. 12 meeting in Homer on whether to install a road and utilities in the borough's 118-acre Russian Gap Subdivision in Cooper Landing and sell the lots Nov. 8 by sealed bid.

Borough planners originally put the cost of the road and utilities at $258,000 and estimated lot sales would bring the borough between $601,000 and $1 million.

On Aug. 1, though, Henry Knackstedt, a Northern Test Lab engineer helping to plan the subdivision, put the cost of the road and utilities at $492,000. He said the cost is high because geography dictates a longer road than originally planned and because the nearest source of gravel is in Sterling. Bright estimated market values of the 11 lots to be almost $696,000.

On Aug. 15, Bagley asked the assembly to postpone voting to give the borough time to locate a Cooper Landing gravel source, which Knackstedt said could cut $100,000 from the cost of the subdivision road.

Bright said the borough plans to hire a contractor to evaluate the gravel supply at borough land on Snug Harbor Road, a site where Cooper Landing residents have been dumping stumps. If there is sufficient gravel, the contractor will open a pit, he said.

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