Snow mystery continues

Former Kenai city manager given $23,000 upon leaving

Posted: Monday, October 10, 2005

One more secret was added by the Kenai City Council to the mystery involving the decision not to renew the former city manager's contract.

On Wednesday, the council agreed to deposit $23,444 into Linda Snow's credit union account as part of a "separation and general release agreement."

Snow had been the city manager since 2001, and when her contract expired July 16, it was not renewed.

No one would talk about reasons for the decision, other than Mayor Pat Porter, who said, "We just decided in the best interest of the city, we would not renew the city manager's contract."

Vice Mayor Joe Moore voted against giving Snow the money Wednesday night, and later said, "She had a contract; the contract ended; I didn't feel we should give her the money."

All other council members present and Porter voted in favor of the separation agreement. Council member Linda Swarner was absent.

The agreement states $17,862 will be paid to Snow in exchange for her acceptance of the separation and general release agreement, and $5,582 will be paid for "reimbursement of return transportation."

Acting city manager Chuck Kopp said that means transportation back to where she was when first hired.

One clause in the agreement prohibits the mayor, council members and city administrators from releasing information about Snow's employment performance or separation other than dates of her employment and positions held, rate of compensation, and "information authorized by written consent of Snow."

During the city manager's report segment of the city council meeting, Kopp told the council Kenai ranked fourth of 12 applicants seeking Department of Environmental Conservation Brownfield grants. The top six receive grant funding.

Kopp said the grant would help the city test the ground at Millennium Square to determine if any environmental cleanup will be necessary in readying the land for possible development.

The approximate 20-acre parcel is between the Kenai Senior Center and Bridge Access Road.

"The city wants to make sure there are no DEC issues and clean up the land if necessary," Kopp said.

He said the grant amount has not yet been determined.

Kopp also asked the council if members would be interested in adding a cross-country ski race series and a charity snowmachine ride to Christmas Comes to Kenai events this winter.

The council collectively nodded in approval of the suggested activities.

Kopp said the snowmachine event would not be a race, but rather a 20 mph ride on city streets, starting and finishing at the PRISM fire training center on Marathon Road.

Snowmachiners of all ages would follow Marathon to Willow Street, run its length to Attla Way into the parking lot in front of Job Service, across to Paradiso's Restaurant, along Frontage Road to Bridge Access, across the lowlands behind the Rogers Road subdivision to the Kenai Golf Course, back to the Kenai Spur Highway and on to Marathon Road.

Kopp said the ski races would be 5-kilometer and 10-kilometer, and would be run for various age groups.

"There would be something for everyone," he said.

Adding the snowmachine event is not yet certain, but Kopp said, "There is a 90 percent chance it will happen — depending on snow, of course."

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