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Annexation vote on Soldotna Council agenda tonight

    At its meeting tonight (Thursday), the Soldotna City Council will have a final vote on submitting an annexation plan to the state. But before they do, the council members will be asked to consider a substitute resolution.

The submission vote was scheduled for two weeks ago, but the weight of public comment prompted a delay to incorporate suggested changes.

However, a substitute resolution being proposed by Councilman Tim Cashman goes even further, and removes Areas 4 and 5 from the annexation plan, reducing the area annexed from 3.78 square miles to 2.6.

Area 4 is the stretch along Kalifornsky Beach Road from Gaswell Road north past Red Diamond, taking in pretty much all of the commercial development along that stretch.

Area 5 is just north of there, and extends farther east and west than Area 4.

Two weeks ago, Cashman told a hostile audience the council was taking its time and expending all this effort, money and time, so not to railroad the process.

The Soldotna City Council meets tonight at 6 p.m. in Soldotna City Hall.