Soldotna City Council is looking to split the cost of capital improvements with local residents through Special Assessment Districts. Two areas are set for street improvements. Through the SAD, the City and residents on the street will share the costs.
City Manager Mark Dixson said they’ve learned from previous experiences and are trying to engage residents more through informal open houses…
Dixson: “By having the work session we can allow a little better dialog, so that when we do get to actually presenting the ordinance, and Council is voting on the ordinance, all of the issues hopefully will have been resolved by then, rather than continuing on, as we went through with the Cashman issue.”
Dixson is referring to the Porcupine Ct SAD, where residents like Tim Cashman didn’t fully understand the project until they saw the bill.
Cashman was at last night’s meeting, and said he was impressed with the move to work with residents…
Cashman: “I think that’s a good move. I think that’s a really good move, because it includes people. In my particular situation, everyone that commented commented negatively, and the City went ahead anyways. So, if they’ll listen to people in a less formal setting, more power to them. I’ll be looking forward to that.”
The meetings will be held at the Council Chambers in Soldotna:
Lord Baranof Street
– Work session with City Council, Wednesday Nov. 13th from 5:00-6:00 p.m.
– Public Hearing on Resolution 2013-077, December 11th at 6:00 (regular council meeting)
N. Aspen Dr.
– Open House #2, Tuesday, Nov. 5th from 5:30-7:30
– Work session with City Council, Wednesday Dec. 11th from 5:00 -6:00 p.m.
– Public Hearing not yet scheduled. Meeting will be January 2014 at earliest.