Seward cleanup could get longer borough boost

Posted: Monday, October 23, 2006

Tuesday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting could be a relatively rapid affair with no ordinance public hearings on the agenda.

Still, there are a few important resolutions for members to consider, including one meant to encourage and aid flood victims in the Seward area dispose of tons of debris.

The resolution will supplant an executive order signed Oct. 12 by Mayor John Williams granting a 30-day waiver of disposal fees, which are charged when refuse loads exceed 5 cubic yards of material. It will extend that time period to 46 days ending Nov. 27, and is retroactive to Oct. 12.

The mayor’s executive order came following a declaration of disaster caused by heavy rains and flooding that struck Southcentral Alaska, and Seward in particular, earlier this month.

The resolution applies only to flood-related debris and does not authorize disposal of waste materials at borough landfills that are not otherwise authorized by borough code.

“I believe the fees should be waived given the extraordinary circumstances of the flood and the need to have refuse posing health and safety issues disposed of properly and expeditiously,” Williams told the assembly in an Oct. 12 memo.

Another agenda measure would provide for the issuing and sale of general obligation bonds of up to $2.588 million to raise funds to pay for capital improvements at area schools.

The bond issue was the subject of Proposition 1, which appeared on this year’s municipal ballot. Voters approved that measure overwhelmingly.

The bond proceeds are to go to areawide arsenic remediation ($1.029,860), Nikolaevsk School roofing ($675,000), Soldotna Elementary School windows ($300,000), and McNeil Canyon Elementary School roofing ($583,140).

The borough assembly had already approved funding for those projects — indeed, some are already under way — when Alaska Department of Education and Early Development informed the assembly the borough would be eligible for state reimbursement funds of just over $1 million. Issuing the bonds was required for reimbursement eligibility.

Three ordinances are up for introduction at Tuesday’s meeting. All are tentatively set for public hearings on Nov. 21. They would:

· accept and appropriate a $65,000 state grant for the Diamond Ridge Safety Trail near Homer;

· authorize a supplemental appropriation from the Nikiski Senior Service Area of $30,200 to provide additional funds for operating the Nikiski Senior Center; and

· exempt the city of Seward from Kenai Peninsula Borough Code provisions governing special assessments for purposes of creating the proposed Elhard Electrical Improvement District.

Tuesday’s agenda also includes a presentation by Tim Dillo,n who will present the final audit of the Arctic Winter Games, as well as a commending resolution by Mayor John Williams honoring the Soldotna High School football team for winning the small schools’ state championship this year.

Hal Spence can be reached at

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