Soldotna Council meetings moving to Thursdays, come July

May 13, 2019

Starting in July, the day the Soldotna City Council meets will change from its usual Wednesday to Thursdays. 

Councilman Tim Cashman proposed the change at last week’s regular meeting. 

“When the Levitt Amp (concert series) came out this year and we’ve gotten all those super nice Wednesday nights, that I started thinking of the family members enjoying the park during our very short summers,” he said, adding it'd be nice to join them.

Cashman proposed Tuesday night, but many other council members had conflicts on that day, not the least of which was Mayor Nels Anderson who leads genealogy research each Tuesday.

Councilman Justin Ruffridge raised the possibility of a temporary change in meeting day, but City Clerk Shellie Saner advised against it.

“If this is just to accommodate going to Music in the Park, which would be awesome, is there a way to set a limit on this for three months and go back to the regular schedule?” he asked. 

“We have the potential of confusing the public,” Saner said.

The council also rejected the idea of moving meeting start times up from 6 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. as well, and in the end, voted unanimously to start meeting at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. The change will not take effect until the first meeting in July.