Borough considers contract for Winter Games

Posted: Monday, September 15, 2003

Homer will host Tuesday's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting where members are expected to consider a contract between the borough and the Kenai Peninsula Arctic Winter Games 2006 Host Society.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Homer City Council Chambers at Homer City Hall.

Resolution 2003-104 would authorize borough Mayor Dale Bagley to enter the agreement with the Host Society to stage the 2006 games. According to borough attorney Colette Thompson, the vast majority of the contract was adopted from the original contract between the borough and the Arctic Winter Games International Committee that was approved by the assembly in April.

In that agreement, the borough agreed to perform a variety of functions in order to stage the games, while the Host Society agreed to perform other duties on behalf of the borough to ensure compliance with the International Committee contract, Thompson said.

Provisions in the new contract require the Host Society to manage and stage the games during March 2006 but give the borough override authority on society decisions.

The Host Society is responsible for raising the funds to run the games and securing the performance facilities necessary. All facilities must meet the committee's approval.

Some controversy continues to surround the games. Some residents have raised questions about who ultimately would be required to foot the bill for acquiring facilities and putting on the games. Direct federal funding for building facilities, such as a proposed ice rink in Homer, is not a sure thing, Jack Brown, secretary of the Host Society, told a Rotary luncheon in Homer last week.

Friday, Brown said the society is working closely with the congressional delegation to find money, however, and expects that some federal support for the games will be forthcoming.

The assembly also is expected to hold public hearings and address several grant measures. Ordinance 2003-19-10 would accept and appropriate a $70,000 grant from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources for research and mapping of section line easements.

Ordinance 2003-19-15 would accept and appropriate a grant of $20,000 from the Alaska Office of Homeland Security and Emer-gency Services for preparing an all-hazard mitigation plan.

Resolution 2003-101, meanwhile, would award a $210,480 contract for the update and revision of the 1992 Comprehensive Plan to the Cogan Owens Cogan-McDowell Group.

The assembly al so is expected to introduce Ordinance 2003-19-18, which will be of particular interest in Nikiski. The measure would accept and appropriate a $120,000 grant from the Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development to the Nikiski Fire Service Area for a new ambulance.

Also on the agenda are appointments to various commissions that must be approved. Nominated are: Neil Kinney, Paul Roderick and Joanne Collins to the Anchor Point Advisory Planning Commission; Jon James and Glenn Sackett to the Cooper Landing Advisory Planning Commission; Mary F. Deihl to the Kachemak Bay Advisory Planning Commission; and James Hetrick to the Moose Pass Advisory Planning Commission.

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