annexation

City of Soldotna

The state of Alaska Local Boundary Commission took care of some housekeeping items in a teleconference Wednesday, one pertaining to the city of Soldotna’s annexation petition.

The short meeting included waiving a requirement in code that adds an extra hurdle to submitting comments to the commission. Code requires anyone commenting via email or fax to follow up that comment with a written version of what they sent digitally, which must be mailed to the commission within 10 days. The commission regularly waives the requirement and did so for comments relating to Soldotna’s annexation petition, as well.

“And staff recognizes that this is rarely followed. And, so, we routinely suspend this regulation for all petitions. And so we’re just asking the commission to do that again today for the Soldotna annexation to make it easier for the public,” said Eileen Raese, staff member for the commission.

As it stands now, anyone wanting to comment on the city’s petition can email or fax their thoughts with no subsequent mail involved. Written comments are, of course, still accepted. The commission does still require that anyone submitting a comment to the state send a copy to the city.

The state’s Local Boundary Commission is accepting comments on the city of Soldotna’s petition to expand city boundaries by 2.61 square miles through annexation.

After a years-long process within the city, the council voted in September in favor of submitting an amended annexation petition. The final version removed two large areas along Kalifornsky Beach Road. It still includes two areas along Funny River Road, Tsalteshi Trails and Skyview Middle School along the Sterling Highway, a small stretch along the south side of K-Beach Road just past the trails, and an area north of town along the Kenai Spur Highway east toward Mackey Lake Road.

        The annexation debate surrounding the city of Soldotna is now in the hands of the state legislature and Local Boundary Commission.

The city council voted unanimously last (Thurs) night to approve an ammended annexation plan and direct the city manager to submit it to the state for consideration.

City Hall was again filled with potential Soldotna citizens decrying the annexation process as unfair and suggesting last night's vote be further postponed because of next week's municipal elections and the recent death of Mayor Nels Anderson.

Annexation vote on Soldotna Council agenda tonight

Sep 26, 2019

    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.

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Three candidates are running for two seats on the Soldotna City Council. The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce held a candidate forum Wednesday, with a wide-ranging set of questions. 

Lisa Parker is running unopposed for reelection to her seat. She is president of Parker Horn Company, a consulting firm, and previously worked for Apache, Inc. and Agrium. She served on the council in the 2000s and was elected again in 2016.

Dave Carey and Pamela Parker are vying for the other seat.

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