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Public meetings focus on capital needs from rural communities

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2005

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members are drawing up a new priority list of capital projects in anticipation of lobbying for funding during the 2006 legislative session that begins in January.

The assembly has agreed to include on its list a maximum of two capital project requests from each unincorporated community in the borough.

To hear from residents, the assembly is holding a series of informal community meetings over the next week. The first such meeting was held Nov. 7 in Nikiski. The rest begin today and continue through Saturday in various locales.

Community residents could ask for virtually anything, but they probably will do better to focus on capital needs that are both fiscally practical and would serve the community as a whole, said assembly member Paul Fischer of Kasilof.

“I would suggest things, perhaps, where they have some matching money. That goes a long way,” he said.

Fire trucks, equipping senior centers, generators, roadwork, depending on a community’s need, would all have some legitimacy when borough officials start lobbying state lawmakers, he said.

Here is a list of meeting dates, times and locations, along with the name of the assembly member expected to chair those meetings.

Today:

· Anchor Point at the Anchor Point Senior Center, 7 p.m., chaired by Milli Martin

· Sterling at the Sterling Senior Center, 7 p.m., chaired by Grace Merkes

Wednesday:

· Ninilchik at the Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center, 1 p.m., chaired by Paul Fischer

· Kasilof at the Tustumena Elementary School, 7 p.m., chaired by Paul Fischer

Thursday:

· Fritz Creek, Kachemak Selo and Voznesenka at McNeil Canyon Elementary School, 5:30 p.m., chaired by Milli Martin

· Diamond Ridge and Skyline at Christian Community Church in Homer, 7 p.m., chaired by Milli Martin

Saturday:

· Cooper Landing at the Cooper Landing Elementary School, 10:30 a.m., chaired by Ron Long

· Hope at the Hope Social Hall, 1 p.m., chaired by Ron Long

· Moose Pass at the Moose Pass Community Center, 3:30 p.m., chaired by Ron Long

The borough’s 2006 capital project priorities list will include not only the wishes of local unincorporated communities, but also boroughwide capital desires and copies of the lists compiled by councils within the borough’s incorporated cities.



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