Assembly OK's road funding

Posted: Thursday, September 08, 2005

Some roads in the Kenai Peninsula Borough are going to improve.

The borough assembly ap-proved an additional $384,-500 in Road Service Area funds Tuesday, making the money available to a host of road improvement projects.

The supplemental appropriation detailed in Ordinance 2005-19-13 is over and above that already appropriated for roads in the fiscal year 2006 budget adopted in June. The funding will pay for surveying and platting of future roads, continued work on street name changes, additional general road maintenance and in-crease the amount available for providing matching dollars for the borough's Road Improvement Assessment District program.

The ordinance was adopted by an 8-0 vote. Assembly member Paul Fischer of Kasilof had an excused absence.

The road money was available to the RSA, thanks in part, to a tenth-mill increase in the road service area property tax approved for the 2006 fiscal year. According to Roads Di-rector Gary Davis, the extra tenth is expected to generate an additional $265,855.

The RSA board had identified projects requiring a total of $384,500. The difference between the increased tax revenue and the total was appropriated from the service area's existing fund balance.

The ordinance splits the supplemental funds this way:

n $20,000 for surveying and platting work along the routes of noncontiguous borough roads;

n $20,000 for added dust control efforts;

n $5,000 for sign materials;

n $180,000 for general road maintenance; and

n $159,000 for the Road Improvement Assessment District program.

Tapping the RSA's fund balance will create no financial hardship for the service area's budget, which remains adequate to meet the borough's fund-balance policy.

That policy recommends maintaining a balance ranging between $1.3 million and $2.3 million.

The proposed $384,500 appropriation would leave almost $1.8 million in the balance, well within the safe range, Davis said.

The assembly passed other spending packages aimed at roads.

Ordinance 2005-19-14, appropriates another $33,000 from the RSA fund balance to pay for contracting engineering estimates on four approved road improvement assessment districts, or RIADS, in the central peninsula area.

Also approved was Ordinance 2005-19-16, appropriating federal and state grants totaling nearly $1.8 million, plus an additional $66,000 in RSA funds to the Kenai Spur Highway extension project. The money will cover costs associated with the environmental phase of the project.

In other business, the assembly approved:

n Ordinance 2005-19-17, accepting a $280,000 state grant for an ongoing Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council project.

n Ordinance 2005-19-20, accepting a $22,125 grant for activities of the borough's Local Emergency Planning Committee.

n Ordinance 2005-19-22, accepting a $40,000 grant for the borough's Coastal Management Program.

n Ordinance 2005-19-23, accepting an $11,000 grant to update the borough's Coastal Management Plan.

nOrdinance 2005-34, amending the borough code regarding the use of eminent domain.

It ensures the borough will not exercise its power of eminent domain for the purpose of taking private property for the primary benefit of a private party.

nOrdinance 2005-35, authorizing the negotiated sale at fair market value of Lot 1 McBride Subdivision, in Seward.

nOrdinance 2005-36, authorizing the negotiated sale at fair market value of Tract B, ASLS 2003-6, Plat No. 2004-108, in the Homer Recording District.

n Postponed until the Sept. 22 meeting in Homer further action on Resolution 2005-067 authorizing an agreement with the city of Homer to provide emergency services in the Kachemak Emergency Service Area.

n Introduced Ordinance 2005-39, authorizing the sale of Tract C of ITC Anchor Point Subdivision to Kache-mak Gun Club Inc. at other than fair market value.

The ordinance gets a public hearing Oct. 11.

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