In other action Wednesday, the Kenai City Council:
Voted unanimously to transfer $195,153 from the city's general fund to the debt service fund to cover a deficit fund balance due to nonpayments of special assessments.
Voted unanimously to establish a new salary structure to comply with minimum wage requirements.
Voted unanimously to increase estimated revenues in the Council on Aging Fund by $12,223, which will be used to purchase a vehicle for the Senior Citizen Program. Part of the money, $10,000, came from the Senior Citizen Borough Grant Special Revenue Fund, another $10,000 came from the Senior Connections group and the remaining $2,223 came from a state of Alaska Commission on Aging grant.
Voted unanimously to change the wording of the city code pertaining to employee work periods from saying "40 hours per week, eight hours" a day to simply saying "40 hours a week."
Passed a resolution by unanimous consent accepting a $950,000 grant from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation for the design, inspection and construction of an exploratory and production well, a new wellhouse and additional water mains. This money will be coupled with other grants and an additional $950,000 provided by the city to complete the project.
Heard and rejected a request for a $500 donation to the Close-Up program at Kenai Central High School from two representatives of the program. Council members commented that they think the program is worthwhile and thanked the representatives for attending the meeting. Mayor John Williams, council members Pat Porter and Duane Bannock voted in favor of the donation, while council members Linda Swarner and Joe Moore voted against it, citing a lack of funds in the budget and previous denials of other monetary requests brought to the council. The measure required four positive votes to pass. Council members Jim Bookey and Amy Jackman were absent from the meeting.
Discussed off-airport versus on-airport rental car fees and taxes. Bannock relinquished his position as a council member during the discussion and addressed the council on behalf of the Kenai Chrysler Center and the Great Alaska Car Company, which rents cars to people coming through the Kenai Municipal Airport, but does not rent any parking spaces at the airport or counter space in the terminal. On-airport rental car businesses, like Hertz Rent-A-Car, is charged $1.65 per square foot of space they use at the airport and 10 percent of their gross revenue. The council discussed a draft ordinance that would require off-airport rental car companies to pay 10 percent of their gross revenue as well. Bannock objected to this measures since he said off-airport rental car companies don't enjoy the same benefits as on-airport companies do. The issue was sent back to the Airport Commission for further discussion and will come before the council again at a later date.
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