Kenai looks at kennel license rules

Changes to procedure expected to draw protest

Posted: Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Kenai dog kennel owners are expected to be out in large number tonight protesting a proposed change in the city's procedure for renewing annual kennel licenses.

Several kennel owners voiced their opposition at a Kenai City Council meeting two weeks ago, city administration revised its proposed ordinance and mailed it to all those who spoke and all who currently have kennel licenses, but as of Tuesday morning, no one responded to the mailing, according to City Attorney Cary Graves.

Under the proposed ordinance, an annual inspection by the Kenai Animal Control officer is still required, according to City Manager Rick Koch.

Neighbors within 300 feet of the kennel would be notified of the pending renewal every year, but unlike the language kennel owners objected to at the last meeting, a public hearing would only be conducted if one of the neighbors requests it, Koch said.

In Kenai, anyone keeping more than three dogs is required to have a kennel license, whether the kennel is a commercial business or it's a hobby kennel.

Koch said he also plans to give council members an update tonight on a proposed Local Improvement District for paving streets in the Thompson Park Subdivision.

A letter was sent to all property owners in the subdivision Monday detailing the scope of the project and the amount each property owner would be assessed. The estimated $2,993 would be payable to the city over a five-year period with an annual interest of 10 percent.

A public meeting to discuss the proposed LID has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20 in city hall.

Koch also has been in receipt of preliminary Army Corps of Engineers plans to provide bank stabilization along the Kenai River bluff. Koch said a meeting on the erosion abatement plan is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m., Dec. 13, at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association building on Kalifornsky Beach Road. A work session with the city council is planned for 6:30 that evening in city hall.

A public hearing is on the council agenda tonight to consider an ordinance increasing appropriations by $71,730 for repair of the floor in the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

Koch said the money has been received by the city as part of a class action settlement regarding defective tubing installed for radiant heat in the floor of the visitors center.

Kenai was listed as a claimant in the lawsuit over Entran 2 pipe manufactured by Goodyear. A separate group of claimants has incurred serious damage related to the defective tubing, Koch said. At the time of the suit, Kenai had not incurred that level of damage, he said.

"Now we're losing 30 gallons of water a day, the circulating pumps are failing and other components of the heating system are getting gummed up because of the deteriorating tubing," Koch said.

He said repairs would need to be made beginning in January 2009 and lasting about three months.

"We have to move everybody to temporary offices, remove all carpet and vinyl, install a new 1 1/2-inch layer of lightweight concrete with new tubing in it and install new boilers," Koch said.

"We are submitting new information and hope to receive just under $400,000," he said.

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

Phil Hermanek can be reached at phillip.hermanek@peninsulaclarion.com.



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