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Palin's 2009 capital budget includes peninsula projects

Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2007

A host of projects on the Kenai Peninsula were included in Gov. Sarah Palin's proposed 2009 Capital Budget released Monday.

Areawide spending contained funds from the Department of Corrections, including $1.2 million for a Spring Creek Correction Center project and another $85,000 for a project at Wildwood Correctional Center.

The Department of Fish and Game would be the source of $2 million for a boat launch on the lower Kasilof River, about $750,000 of that coming from federal sources.

Another $200,000 would be appropriated through the Department of Natural Resources for a public use study of the Kenai River, while the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities has $2 million for various Kenai Peninsula road projects.

Palin's capital budget also includes funds specific to peninsula House districts.

Here are the projects Palin has included for House District 33 (Kenai-Soldotna):

* Kenai: water transmission main phase II well house, $698,625.

* Soldotna: Funny River phase II, $1,829,177.

* Soldotna State Trooper facility work, $199,880.

Here are the projects for House District 35:

* Homer water treatment plant upgrade, $1,236,000.

* AVTEC Culinary Building work, $5 million

* AVTEC Maritime Safety Training Facility, $3.35 million.

* AVTEC Deferred Maintenance, $5,386,000.

* Alaska Marine Highway Terminal, $200,000.

* Homer East End Road Rehabilitation, $6 million.

Palin's capital budget did not include project specifically listed under House District 34, though some of the areawide projects listed above are in that district.

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



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