Councilman Henry Knackstedt

There could be a couple of changes to how the City of Kenai handles its council elections, but they're minor compared to the change that failed at Wednesday night's meeting.

The changes that will be offered to voters to enact would no longer require candidates to have 20 signatures in order to file for office, and newly elected council members will be seated a week earlier.

The change that will not happen is the designation of specific seats for council members. They are currently elected at large.

  The Kenai City Council on Wednesday night passed a $16-point-5 million General Fund budget, which covers the basic operation of the city. Another $14 million is appropriated from the city’s various other funds, such as the airport, senior center and capital project funds for their respective operations.

Kenai Local Food Connection

  Spring is here and the ground is just about ready for planting the season’s crops, which is good, because the old root cellar is probably getting a little bare by now. 

A presentation to the Kenai City Council by the Kenai Local Food Connection’s Alasha Britto at its recent meeting met with a lot of support from council members.

Britto talked about the plans the organization has for the upcoming year.

About half of Kenai’s first responders will be getting new radio equipment after a series of actions by the city council. At Wednesday night’s Kenai City Council meeting the purchase was approved.

City Councilman Henry Knackstedt asked City Manager Paul Ostrander about the sole-sourcing of the purchase, which is allowed in city code under certain circumstance.

The Kenai City Council last week set its budget for the new fiscal year, which begins on July 1. The budget appropriates $16,166,027 from the General Fund as part of a $28,105,942 total budget. Appropriations from the Enterprise and Internal Service Funds amount to just over $3 million, while the city’s Special Revenue Funds contribute about $8.75 million.

The council also committed $750,000 of unassigned General Fund money for future renovation and improvements to city facilities and streets. The employee salary schedule was also amended.