Soldotna City Council

At Wednesday night’s Soldotna City Council meeting, the policy governing the resurrected Mini-Grant program was approved, along with establishing a sub-committee to review proposals and make recommendations.
    The funding for the city’s mini-grants was cut in 2015, but replaced in the current Fiscal Year 2020 budget.
    The sub-committee will be made up of two city council members, the city clerk and two other administration employees. They will be appointed by the mayor and approved by the council.

After a summer and fall of meeting on Thursdays, the Soldotna City Council voted last week to revert to Wednesday for its regular council meetings.
    The council voted this summer to move from Wednesday because it coincided with the Levitt Amp Soldotna Music in the Park series. Many council members wanted to attend the concerts, and so the meetings were moved.
    The change back to Wednesday was suggested by Vice Mayor Paul Whitney because of certain conflicts on Thursdays peculiar to the fall and winter.

        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.

    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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