City of Soldotna

The Soldotna city council strengthened rules for animal care inside city limits at its meeting last week.

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The Soldotna city council will vote on a resolution this week to award a design contract for improvements at the city airport.

Just days after the sudden death of Mayor Nels Anderson, citizens of Soldotna and surrounding areas converged on city hall Thursday night, to urge the council to postpone any action on annexation until after the municipal elections on Oct. 1. Others also wanted a new mayor seated before moving forward.

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As the city of Soldotna nears the end of its annexation process, the council listened to public testimony Saturday at Soldotna High School on its proposal to add roughly 3.8 square miles to city limits.

Nearly 100 people attended the meeting and about three dozen testified. The most common comment was the sense of unfairness that people in the proposed areas do not get a chance to vote on the matter.

Brian Olson lives outside the proposed annexation areas but has been a vocal opponent from the start.

“It appalls me that in this day and age the Soldotna Council, who do not represent folks living outside the city limits, can annex land without the explicit consent of the residents and businesses,” Olson said. “Borough residents have zero representation on the city council but will have their property rights and lines forever changed.”

On this week's Econ 919, we visit with Soldotna City Manager Stephanie Queen about the city's proposal to expand its boundaries by about 3.8 square miles through annexation.

Correction: The annexation public hearing is being held at 2 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Soldotna High School auditorium.

Information on Soldotna's annexation petition can be found on the city's website.

As Alaska’s economy continues to sputter, and with social programs being slashed at both the state and federal levels, addressing some issues has become more local than ever. One of those is homelessness.
That came to the Soldotna City Council unexpectedly last Thursday night.

This is hard. I need help. I've been asking for help. I sleep outside and it's dangerous.

 

The field of candidates for local elections this fall is nearly settled. The filing deadline is later this week. In Soldotna, two council seats will be open. Lisa Parker is running for reelection to seat E. Pamela Parker is running for seat D, currently held by Tim Cashman. Former Soldotna and Borough mayor Dave Carey has also filed to run for seat D.

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Soldotna’s 62nd annual Progress Days celebration took place over the weekend. A new tradition for the even started last year, with the recognition of one of the city’s longtime residents as the weekend’s grand marshall. This year, Al Hershberger was selected for those duties by the Soldotna Historical Society.

 


 

 

        Employees of the City of Soldotna are getting to know each other a little better. Many gathered for a working brunch recently to discuss internal improvements within the city.

City Manager Stephanie Queen talked about it at Thursday’s city council meeting:

The Soldotna City Council has approved a one-year contract with the City of Kenai’s animal shelter. Dog-catching and other animal control duties will stay with Soldotna, but animals will be held in Kenai.

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The cities of Kenai and Soldotna may soon begin sharing animal shelter services. The Soldotna city council will vote on an ordinance next week that would close the shelter in town and move found animals to Kenai.

The popularity of Soldotna Creek Park, with its music stage and ample room for vendors and fans, is evident to anyone who’s tried to find a parking spot in the vicinity on a Wednesday evening.

Some nearby businesses welcome off-hour use of their lots for park events, but Soldotna City Manager Stephanie Queen says others would rather not, and as such, the city is helping them out.

A trio of Soldotna residents helped fish something much more exciting than a fish out of East Mackey Lake on Tuesday — a Maule MX-7 single-engine plane on wheeled landing gear that crashed into the water.

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  The City of Soldotna’s wastewater discharge permit has been administratively extended for over a dozen years now, but it is close to being renewed, formally.

Kyle Kornelis, the city’s public works director, explained at last week’s council meeting why the city needs to appropriate another $128,000.

Residents and others wishing to request public information officially from the Soldotna city clerk’s office will have some new rules to deal with if they have a large order. 

City Clerk Shellie Saner explained to the city council at last week’s meeting why her office requested the change.

 

The city of Soldotna has wrestled with how to handle the new industry in city limits since voters statewide approved commercial and recreational uses back in 2014.

 

 


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Like so many municipalities around the state, the Soldotna city council approved a resolution at its meeting Wednesday night asking the legislature and the governor take another look at his budget proposal.

 

The city of Kenai and the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly have both adopted resolutions asking the governor to reconsider some of his various budget proposals. In the case of Kenai and the borough, it had to do with collecting taxes on oil and gas infrastructure. Next week, the Soldotna city council will entertain a resolution that asks the governor to take a more long-term view of the budget and what it means for cities.

Residents inside the city limits of Soldotna appear to have voted down an addition to the city's regional sports complex.

In a special election yesterday (Tuesday), unofficial results posted by the city show the $10 million bond to fund a new "field house" failing by 21 votes, with 268 voting for it, and 289 against.

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The city of Soldotna is holding a special election Tuesday to determine if a new fieldhouse will be built next to the Soldotna Regional Sports Center.

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Water treatment and wells were the main items of new business for the Soldotna city council Wednesday night. The council signed off on an additional $9,000 for a study that will examine some operations at the wastewater treatment plant. The city is updating a nearly 20 year old report about discharge alternatives and source water. Total cost of that project is now $44,000.

 

A lot of commercial expansion has happened near the intersection of the Spur and Sterling highways in Soldotna the past few years. And more is on the way.

 

Proponents of the proposed fieldhouse addition to the Soldotna Regional Sports Center gave their pitch to the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Wednesday. Voters in the city will be asked in a special election next month whether to approve $10 million in general obligation bonds to pay for the 42,000 square foot facility.

At the Soldotna City Council meeting Wednesday night, City Planner John Czarneski gave a lengthy report on the city’s comprehensive plan. He began with the economic development impacts the plan has had.

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Voters in the city of Soldotna will decide in March whether they want to take on some debt to pay for a new field house next to the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.

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