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City aims to charge RV Park for water all year

Posted: Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Why does a recreational vehicle park that has no income for seven months of the year have to pay Kenai for water and sewer service?

That’s the question Randy Bostrom, owner of Kenai RV Park, is expected to pose to the Kenai City Council when it meets tonight.

Bostrom received a letter from the city informing him that, according to Kenai Municipal Code, he is to be billed a monthly minimum of $83.95 during the off season.

“I believe this is a mistake in interpreting the total code, and it is a mistake to put this cost on small seasonal businesses that bring this city the tourist dollars that are so necessary to this region,” Bostrom said in a reply letter to the city’s finance director.

The council also is slated to hear from a longtime property owner along Spruce Street who stands to lose access to his land because of a right of way clarification involving city-owned land along the same street.

Thor Evenson is asking the city to either continue allowing access by way of the Spruce Street right of way or allow a cul-de-sac to be created dissecting the city land and serving its two newly created lots as well as his property downhill from the city land.

In other business, the council is slated to introduce a measure that would fine people $25 for not obtaining a dog license. City code requires owners of dogs more than three months old to obtain an annual city dog license.

The council also has scheduled a public hearing on an amendment to its ordinance that bans smoking in Kenai eateries. The amendment would extend the ban to bowling alleys.

City Manager Rick Koch said earlier he showed the proposed amendment to Alaskalanes Family Bowling Center owners, who said they do not object. He also said many bowlers want the center to remain smoke free, which it is now on a voluntary basis.

A public hearing also is scheduled for an ordinance appropriating an additional $150,000 to be paid to the Public Employee Retirement System.

The city already has made its budgeted contribution to PERS this year as required by the state, and this would be the first supplemental contribution toward the city’s unfunded PERS liability.

During a council meeting last month, council member Rick Ross suggested it might not be wise to go forward with the payment until the city learns what aid might be coming from the state to help municipalities meet unanticipated increases in their required payments to PERS.

Phil Hermanek can be reached at phillip.hermanek@peninsulaclarion.com.



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