Assembly passes out funds

Posted: Thursday, December 04, 2008

Several unincorporated communities across the Kenai Peninsula Borough are getting a taste of the borough's share of state's Community Revenue Sharing Program.

Tuesday, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved Resolution 2008-090, which authorized Mayor Dave Carey to enter into grant agreements with communities or nonprofit organizations working on their behalf to forward projects benefiting those communities.

They include Anchor Point, Bear Creek, Clam Gulch, Cohoe, Cooper Landing, Crown Point, Diamond Ridge, Fritz Creek, Funny River, Kasilof, Moose Pass, Nanwalek, Ninilchik, Primrose, Ridgeway, and Sterling. Each will get a total of $19,604, but some communities have split their allotment and spread the sum among multiple projects.

The assembly approved a list of 26 communities deemed eligible to participate in the state's FY 2009 program in early September. Several community meetings held throughout the borough in late October and early November, resulting in the list of communities and projects approved Tuesday night.

To actually spend the money, the assembly also enacted Ordinance 2008-19-34 on Tuesday, accepting state revenue sharing funds and appropriating $525,200 to a project contingency account. The borough has charged the grant a service fee, reducing the $20,200 allotted to the 26 communities to the $19,604 figure. Projects approved Tuesday will spend a total of $313,665.

The ordinance requires that before money can be distributed to a community the assembly must approve proposed projects by resolution. The state program allows the funds to be used for any public purpose at the discretion of the local governing body if allowed by state and borough law.

Below is a list of the communities, the grant recipient, project and amount.

* Anchor Point, public library, equipment and operations, $5,000;

* Anchor Point, AP Safewater Corp., pump, $10,000;

* Anchor Point, Senior Citizens, Senior Center Projects, $4,604;

* Bear Creek, Seward Senior Cits., Senior programs and projects, $9,802;

* Bear Creek, BC Volunteer and Medical Emergency Service, equipment, $9,802;

* Clam Gulch, Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers, trail maintenance, $19,604;

* Coho, Kasilof Regional Historical Assn., cemetery improvements, $15,000;

* Coho, Kasilof Regional Historical Assn., museum improvements, staffing;

* Cooper Landing, Cooper Landing Emergency Services, Toughbook computer system, $3,500;

* Cooper Landing, Community Club, health center, community projects, $16,104;

* Crown Point, Moose Pass Sportsmen's Club, energy study and assistance, $19,604;

* Diamond Ridge, Snomads Snowmachine Club, Olson Mtn. trail improvements, $9,802;

* Diamond Ridge, Kachemak Nordic Ski Club, trail improvements, equipment, $9,802;

* Fritz Creek, Snomads Snowmachine Club, trail improvements, $6,534;

* Fritz Creek, Kachemak Nordic Ski Club, trail improvements, equipment, $6,534;

* Fritz Creek, McNeil Community Council, student activities, $6,536;

* Funny River, Funny River Chamber, building improvements, $19,604;

* Kasilof, Regional Historical Assn., cemetery improvements, $10,500;

* Kasilof, Regional Historical Assn., museum improvements, staffing, $4,104;

* Kasilof, Regional Historical Assn., library signage, $5,000;

* Moose Pass, Moose Pass Fire Department, equipment, PPEs, $19,604;

* Nanwalek, IRA Council, community projects, $19,604;

* Ninilchik, Fair Assn., teen center ops., $3,921;

* Ninilchik, Fair Assn., utility operations, $3,921;

* Ninilchik, Community Library, equipment, $3,921;

* Ninilchik, Ninilchik Emergency Services, equipment, $3,921;

* Ninilchik, Senior Citizens, senior programs, $3,921;

* Primrose, Moose Pass Fire Department, equipment, truck repairs, $19,604;

* Ridgeway, Soldotna Senior Cits., senior programs and ops., $19,604; and

* Sterling, Community Club, Head Start Program, $19,604.

Hal Spence can be reached at hspence@ptialaska.net.



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