State grants promised by lawmakers at the end of the last legislative session have begun to arrive and make themselves felt in important economic development projects around the Kenai Peninsula Borough.
Tuesday, the borough assembly introduced several appropriations ordinances and scheduled them for public hearing and final action Oct. 8. The grants with which they deal came through the Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development and were included in Senate Bill 2006, adopted during the Legislature's special session.
Ordinance 2002-19-12 authorizes receipt of state funding for emergency response equipment and a rescue vehicle and appropriates $130,000 to the Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Service Area.
The purchase of the vehicle and equipment was listed in the borough's 2002 legislative priorities.
The rescue vehicle will cost about $100,000. The Anchor Point fire service currently uses a 1985 GMC 4x4 truck. Once a new truck is acquired, the old one will be stationed at the Nikolaevsk satellite station and used for wildland fire suppression and local rescue operations.
The remaining $30,000 will be used to buy equipment.
Ordinance 2002-19-13 receives and reappropriates $400,000 to the North Peninsula Recreation Service Area for construction of a community center.
The service area will use the funds to conduct a feasibility study, prepare design and construction documents, and if funds remain, start site preparation, according to Bonnie Golden, grants manager.
The center is expected have room for a variety of activities, including volleyball and basketball, an area for teen games and programs, an exercise room and space for community dances and meetings.
Ordinance 2002-19-14 would guide $52,000 in state funds to youth facilities in the North Peninsula Recreation Service Area. Specifically, the funds would be used to improve the skateboard park at Nikiski High School by purchasing equipment and building benches and a rest area in the park.
Ordinance 2002-19-15 pumps a $74,310 grant to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Coastal Management Program. The money will pay for wages and benefits associated with borough permit reviews and requires a local match of $22,293.
Tuesday, the assembly also passed ordinance 2002-19-06, appropriating a $45,000 state grant to promote the Kenai Peninsula as a site for the 2006 Arctic Winter Games.
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