Library gets early Christmas gift

Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Santa came early to Soldotna.

Thanks to an anonymous donation in the amount of $10,000, computers in the Soldotna Public Library are in for an upgrade.

The Soldotna City Council will be asked tonight to approve accepting and appropriating the gift which will give the library one more check-out station, an improved printer for staff use, six replacement Internet stations for the public's use and a new word processor.

City Manager Tom Boedeker said the city had planned to upgrade the computers over a period of a few years, but thanks to the donation, the upgrades can be made now.

He said the donors requested that they remain anonymous, but said they are Soldotna library patrons.

The council also will be asked to approve transferring $18,000 designated for ski hill insurance into the Parks and Recreation Department contracted services account to allow repairs and improvements to be made to the ski hill.

The council previously decided to keep the attraction closed this winter, improve it to make it more user friendly and reopen it next winter.

Another ordinance up for consideration would boost the city council members' pay from $50 to $250 a month and increase Planning and Zoning Commission members' pay from $25 per month to $75 per meeting, not to exceed $150 a month, Boedeker said.

As discussed at the last council meeting, a resolution is on tonight's agenda calling for a full-time city planner, a new position in Soldotna. Boedeker said, if approved, the position opening would be publicly advertised as any other city position.

Included in tonight's agenda packet is a letter to the council from the Primrose Corporation, which is planning a 90,000 square-foot retirement community near Mountain Rose Estates.

To facilitate its project, Primrose would pay for certain engineering services as they relate to building water and sewer lines and improving streets into the development west of South Fireweed Street and south of Redoubt Avenue.

Boedeker said the Primrose building would be partially one-story and partially two-story with apartments and independent living housing for seniors.

Primrose would like to begin construction in April 2008.

The city council meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

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