The Kenai City Council wants to stay out of an estate dispute in the case of Eadie's Frontier Liquor license transfer but was forced to skirt around the edges of it at its Dec. 20 meeting.
Zane L. Kummert, son and representative of Ethel D. "Eadie" Henderson's estate, has applied to the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to have the package store license transferred to him, according to ABC board documents. The city is routinely asked to comment on transfers and renewals by the board.
The transfer is being challenged by several individuals, and the estate is tied up in "a variety" of legal actions, according to Kenai City Attorney Cary Graves.
"And they are all trying to get the license and assets of the estate," Graves said.
He said all ABC board wants to know is if the estate's taxes are paid.
"If it's bad or good, that's not up to us," he said.
The council chose not to comment on the license transfer itself, other than to say it does not protest the transfer based on delinquent taxes. Graves said there are no outstanding back taxes or utility payments owed to the city.
In other news from the council's Dec. 20 meeting:
n The last step in burying the Kenai Historic Commission was taken as the council assigned the duties of historic preservation to the city's Planning and Zoning Commission. The Historic Commission was disbanded last month after a chronic lack of participation by its members.
n The council agreed to allow mayors and council members to participate in the state Public Employees' Retirement System, known as PERS. Mayor John Williams, voted against the measure, saying he could not participate since he took an early PERS retirement from the University of Alaska. It was clear, though, he did not oppose it. Being a part of PERS would allow council members to count their time in office toward the state retirement system.
n The council voted 6-1 to buy a new multimedia projector for the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center for $6,473. Council member Duane Bannock dissented. He said at an earlier council meeting that such an appliance should be paid for by the Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau, that operates the facility under contract with the city.
n The council approved a $1,500 expenditure for postage to mail out the city's new newsletter. Mailed to all Kenai addresses, the newsletter will be published at least twice before the end of the fiscal year in June. The newsletter was created at the urging of the council and will be published twice a year, according to Sheryl Padilla, the city's legal secretary. The first edition was sent out Tuesday and should be in mailboxes by the end of the week. The second edition is planned for the end of May.
Padilla said the newsletter will feature reminders about upcoming events, such as the gardening season and filing to run for office.
n The council appropriated $6,000 from the city's contingency fund to pay for police travel to Kodiak for the Rocky Seaman trial, and in the event travel is required for the trial of another defendant in that case sometime early in the new year, though the exact location of the trial has not been determined. Council member Linda Swarner asked if there was any chance the state would reimburse the city for the travel, but Police Chief Dan Morris shook his head no.
n Members of the city's commissions and committees whose terms expire with the end of the year were reappointed for another three years, except for Lorrene Forbes, who asked not to be reappointed to the Library Commission.
n Williams asked that he be reappointed to the Challenger Learning Center's board of directors, with Ross maintained as his alternate. The council agreed.
n The council set a tentative date of Jan. 22 to fly a mission at the Challenger Learning Center against the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and administration.
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 3.
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