October 28, 2016 – the end of a “fun filled” week at the City of Kenai

This week, October 25,  the Kenai City Council interviewed the two finalists for the City Manager position.  I sat through 1.75 hours of questioning of the first applicant and skipped the second applicant.  I was convinced that the one questioned first, while I was there, was the person that would be offered the position and I learned later in the day that was indeed the case. So we will see how the City Council works out the “city residence” requirement of the City Charter with the prospective city manager.

Today, noon, about 10 minutes ago was the deadline for applications for two commissioner vacancies on the Planning and Zoning Commission.  There were three vacancies with two commissioners being elected to the city council and the death of a third one.  Former Mayor Pat Porter tried to get two of the openings covered at the October 11 meeting until the clerk reminded her of a need for public notice for the filling the vacancies and neither of the commissioners elected to the City Council submitted resignations which would allow appointment of new people without public notice, I guess.

In any case we have a good list (to make a few) of applicants to the Planning and Zoning Commission with the following name, myself included:

  • Robert McIntosh – Previous Candidate for City Council;
  • Gary Greenberg – Harbor Commissioner of Rare Attendance;
  • Victoria Askin – Harbor Commissioner;

Today also at noon was the deadline for additions to the agenda of the November 7 Harbor Commission.    Having been on the Harbor Commission for almost a year now and can recall several meeting canceled for lack of agenda items, my interest in being proactive was peaked by this “add to the agenda” request from the “ex officio” of the Harbor Commission, the Harbor Master/Public Works director.

The same proactive interest flared up last month and I made a request for someone to come to the Harbor Commission and bring the commission up to date on the Kenai Bluff Erosion project.  Both an informal session with the City Manager and the presentation to the Harbor Commission on October 10 was enlightening, including questions for the public to keep on track with this very critical project.  Was impressed to hear the prospective City Manager say this was a critical project in his thinking as well.

For those following on Bluff Erosion in the City of Kenai, here are the critical steps to be watching for:

  • purchase of the parcels of land near the bluff critical to the project work;
  • the election of Peter Micciche to the Chair of the Finance Committee in the State Legislature; and/or
  • purchase of necessary rock from a close location to keep the cost of transport down.

Back to the current “add to the agenda” request, and remembering the City Code reads that the Harbor Commission will prepare a master plan for the Harbor; a little research indicated the City Planner might be the one to enlighten the Commission on what is a Master Plan and what might it include for the City of Kenai Harbor, so there I am making calls and sending emails, thank you very much!!

Will have more when I see the agenda for the November 7 meeting.  So there you have the week of October 24 in the City of Kenai from this prospective.  There is likely more, much more happening in the city, but it will require just a bit more leg work, earlier in the week.

So long for this week!  Happy Sugar Day and do not forget to vote early (and often??)

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