Thompson Park roads on docket

Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Because the Thompson Park Subdivision is one of the most heavily populated areas in Kenai that does not have paved streets, the city administration feels it would be a good place to spend some of the $880,000 it has in grant funding specifically earmarked for roadway paving.

City Manager Rick Koch will be asking the city council tonight for authority to initiate action toward forming a limited improvement district to get the streets paved.

If the LID is approved, Koch estimates each owner of the 145 lots in the subdivision would be assessed about $3,100 for their share of the paving cost. In Kenai, the city splits the bill 50-50 with property owners.

"The improvement will increase the value of their lots by something greater than the $3,100," Koch said.

The discussion is to be brought up during a special 5 p.m. work session in the Kenai City Council chambers on the LID and other capital improvement projects.

Listed as the number-two municipal funding priority is replacement of a culvert under the Kenai Boat Launch entrance road.

Koch said the culvert has deteriorated to the point that "it could go at any moment."

He said he would like to get the Thompson Park LID and the culvert replacement projects moving forward this fiscal year. Work on the culvert would begin in the spring.

During the regular city council meeting, Koch will ask the council to definitively set alternative number one as the preferred alternative for the proposed library expansion.

Some uncertainty exists regarding whether the city should proceed with plans for a $5.2 million single-story addition, a $9 million addition or a $12 million expansion. Koch said he cannot begin soliciting grant funding without a fixed price tag in mind.

"The Friends of the Library are undecided," he said. "They want to keep the door open for a $12 million option."

In October, Kenai voters approved letting the city issue $2 million in bonds toward the project.

The council also is expected to consider a request from the Kenai Chamber of Commerce for financial help in producing the annual Christmas Comes to Kenai fireworks show.

The chamber told the council the price of the fireworks has risen to $6,500, and asked at the last council meeting for a 50 percent assist from the city.

Koch said, "It's really a policy decision of the council. It is not in the budget adopted by (the council)."

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Phil Hermanek can be reached at

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