Kenai City Council

Kenai to consider onsite cannabis consumption

Apr 30, 2019

 

The Kenai City Council will consider whether to amend its cannabis laws this week. There’s an ordinance on the agenda that would allow for onsite consumption of cannabis products in licensed businesses.

Nearly a half-a-million dollars has been spent from the Kenai Airport Terminal remodeling project’s contingency fund on asbestos abatement alone. However, the city is being reimbursed at a significant rate by the Federal Aviation Administration. 

City of Kenai administration brought forth an ordinance last week that would accept almost $409,000 from the FAA to reimburse two change orders that totaled almost $462,000.

“Almost of this is associated with asbestos abatement,” City Manager Paul Ostrander explained.

Kenai City Council adjusts investment strategy

Apr 10, 2019

The city of Kenai voted to rearrange some of its investment strategies last week in an effort to smooth out the flow of income into the city’s coffers. The changes will come to the city’s General Land Sale and Airport Land Sale permanent funds.

They’re operated much like the state’s Permanent Fund, investing an un-touchable core balance of money and withdrawing some of the earnings it generates each year to fund city operations.

City Finance Director Terry Eubank explained that the Airport Lands Fund will actually return less in coming years, but it’s for a good reason.

Plans to modify allowable uses in Rural Residential One neighborhoods in Kenai brought citizens out Wednesday night to decry what they see as a parade of conditional uses, variances, and general messing around with the mission of the city’s own comprehensive plan.

Ron Carlson is a resident of Princess Drive.

 

When the State of Alaska approved on-site consumption of marijuana in cannabis stores, it shifted the onus to local municipalities, which can choose to further regulate it. This week the Kenai City Council took the first steps to do just that, tasking the city attorney with drawing up a draft ordinance and looping in the planning and zoning commission.

But some members and at least one store owner aren’t convinced on-site consumption is going to be the next big thing, despite Alaska being the first state to legalize it.

As work continues to remodel the Kenai Municipal Airport terminal building, businesses inside are suffering. At last week’s Kenai City Council meeting, the council took steps to relieve the financial burden all the construction is causing.

Introduced by Vice Mayor Tim Navarre, the resolution would give the city manager the power to adjust occupancy fees on a case-by-case basis.

Last week the Kenai City Council discussed online retailer Amazon's plans to start collecting and remitting taxes on the Kenai Peninsula. Mayor Brian Gabriel said the action should help put local business on a better footing.

“I'm all for a fair playing field and I think by working towards taxing products that are bought online but originate here, point of sale within our community, that we are at least leveling the playing field and being more fair to our brick and mortar stores that have come here invested in the community and providing their services.”

In an effort to put more bite into its municipal ordinances, the City of Kenai is considering court appearances for repeated violators of animal control ordinances.

Introduced on Feb. 6, the ordinance will have a public hearing tomorrow (Wed.) night. If passed it would go into effect in mid March.

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The Kenai city council approved another small step forward for the city’s long awaited bluff stabilization project at its meeting Wednesday. The council approved spending $1 million in support of the pre-construction engineering and design phase of the project.

Incumbents, school funding voted down in Tuesday elections

Oct 2, 2018

 

Borough voters roundly rejected a bond measure to pay for a new school in Kachemak-Selo during municipal elections Tuesday.

Municipal elections are coming up Tuesday, and in the run-up to Oct. 2, KDLL has been bringing you conversations with candidates seeking office from the various jurisdictions. Wednesday on the Kenai Conversation, the three candidates for the Kenai City Council’s two open seats joined host Jay Barrett for an hourlong talk about the city’s future and their role in it.

In this excerpt, the three, incumbent Councilman Bob Molloy and challengers Teea Winger and Robert Peterkin II discuss the business environment in the city.

 

Kenai Conversation -- Kenai City Council candidates

Sep 26, 2018

With less than a week to go before the Kenai Peninsula's municipal elections, host Jay Barrett welcomes to the Kenai Conversation the three candidates for the two available seats on the Kenai City Council, incumbent Councilman Bob Molloy and challengers Teea Winger and Robert Peterkin II. In Kenai, council members are elected at-large, so the top two vote-getters will be seated. Election day is Oct. 2.

Three up for two Kenai city council seats

Sep 20, 2018
Shaylon Cochran/KDLL

As the big time political races across the state and nation heat up, the race for a pair of Kenai city council seats is relatively docile by comparison. Bob Molloy is seeking reelection against Robert Peterkin Jr. and Teea Winger.

 

 


While the Alaska general election candidate slate will be set on Tuesday, the ballot denizens for the Oct. 2 Kenai Peninsula municipal elections were finalized at 5 p.m. last (Wednesday) night.

And despite always vital and sometimes contentious and divisive debates on the assembly, the people in the districts served by two incumbents have not put forth challengers.

Brent Hibbert of Soldotna and Kenn Carpenter of Seward will run alone for re-election.

Municipal election season begins today

Aug 1, 2018

The filing window for residents interested in serving on local city councils, assemblys, and boards has opened. Candidate filing and nomination packets are available now until August 15 for those interested in running for office.

There are two seats available on the Kenai City Council and three on the Soldotna Council.

Kenai seeking operator for city dock

Apr 2, 2018

The City of Kenai is scrambling to find a new operator of the city dock, after being informed the past vendor will not be returning and not getting any response from others.

“And I notified Harbor Commission of this the other night that our concessioner that has been operating the dock for the last couple of years, Copper River Seafoods, is not interested in pursuing that again this year. We did not find that out until a couple of weeks ago," City Manager Paul Ostrander explained to the Kenai City Council.

Repairs to Kenai city dock approved

Jan 25, 2018

There was another strong earthquake felt in Kenai almost exactly two years ago, though much closer than Tuesday morning's 7.9 event, meaning it caused a whole lot more damage in the Central Peninsula.

Some of that damage occurred to the Kenai City Dock during the January 24th, 2016, 7.1 earthquake.

City Manager Paul Ostrander explained to the Kenai City Council the administration’s plan to repair the damage, using funds left over from two other, completed projects.

Paul Ostrander, Kenai city manager, and Christine Cunningham, assistant to the city manager, talk about doing business in Kenai.

The public will now have access to far more detailed records of Kenai City Council work sessions and the joint get-togethers it has with city commissions after passing a resolution recently authorizing the audio recordings of those proceedings.

PRL Seeks Permits for Airstrip

May 23, 2017

Pacific Rim Logistics, the company behind the Cannery Lodge in Kenai, is moving ahead with big plans to expand its facility near the banks of the Kenai River. The Kenai City Council recently approved the sale of a few tracts of land which include an airstrip and the Dragseth Mansion. That would allow for fixed-wing aircraft to land near the lodge and mansion. The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission will be voting on conditional-use permits for PRL at its meeting this week.

Kenai Eagle Cam Goes Live

May 20, 2017
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The Kenai Birding Festival is in full flight this weekend, but if a soggy day in the woods isn’t exactly your thing, the city of Kenai and the Kenai Chamber of Commerce have you covered with a new eagle cam. It just went live Friday. City manager Paul Ostrander showed the first public video of the nest at this week’s city council meeting.

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