Having finally cleared the air on a restaurant smoking ban last month, the Soldotna City Council returned to more routine matters at Wednesday's meeting. The council only passed two resolutions, both unanimously on the consent portion of the agenda.
The first, resolution 2002-62, was an accounting measure designed to adopt an alternative allocation method for the shared fisheries business tax program. The second, resolution 2002-63, authorized the city to donate two surplus radar guns from the police department to Soldotna and Skyview high schools. The guns will be used by the schools to track the speeds of hockey pucks and volleyballs, among other things.
The only agenda item to generate any discussion was a proposal to pave the city's so-called flower streets: Amaryllis Street, Anthurium Street, Trollius Avenue, Lily Drive and Rose Garland Road.
At the request of local residents, a resolution was drafted to set a public hearing on the proposal, which will set up a special assessment district for neighborhood residents and assess them for the cost of paving. Each property owner likely will have to pay approximately $400 per year for 10 years.
Several residents spoke, wanting to know about the specifics of the project.
Patti Dombovy, who lives on Amaryllis, asked the council how far from the street into people's driveways would be paved.
City public works director Steve Bonebrake said the city likely will pave to the property line. That prompted a question from resident Ed Hughes, who wanted to know about paving past the property line.
Council member Sharon Moock suggested Hughes work with the contractor paving the road when the actual paving is done.
The council eventually set a public hearing on the paving resolution for Dec. 11.
In other action, the council:
Accepted two matching grants in the amount of $1.5 million from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to extend the city's water and sewer mainline along Funny River Road to Soldotna Municipal Airport.
Bonebrake said the project needs to be completed before the state completes its David Douthit Memorial Bridge widening project.
Renewed Safeway's liquor license.
Authorized a plan to combine advertising efforts with the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce in order to provide more attractive newspaper and magazine advertising.
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