The Homer City Council takes a final look at the financing to begin the natural gasline assessment at tonight’s meeting. Also up is a resolution asking the city administration to calculate the revenue generated by the Endeavour jack up rig.
• The gasline Ordinance 13-03 would authorize the city to issue a natural gasline distribution special assessment bond in the principal amount not to exceed $12,7000,000 to finance the design and construction. Money would come through a loan from the Kenai Peninsula Borough. It would be paid back by homeowners in the special assessment over 10 years.
• Resolution 13-022: The reason for the request to gain figures on the jack up rig, by Mayor Beth Wythe and Council member Beau Burgess, is to “better understand the economic benefits” associated with the Endeavour in terms of sales taxes, moorage and other fees, contracts with local businesses an employment of local workers.
• Also back in discussion is an ordinance that would pay out $10,500 among three tenants whose homes were flooded. The event occurred during an extreme storm Jan. 12-14 and resulted in a city sewage line back up that damaged their homes.
• The council’s visitor this week is Esther Hammerschlag to talk about the Homer Prevention Project. This is the program to address underage and adult drinking binges, to make for a healthier community.
• Homer’s summer parking problems may get relief in downtown Homer if a measure passes tonight. It would create day RV parking at the old intermediate school, called the HERC building, and in the parking lot at the Homer Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center. The idea is help them access downtown Homer in easier ways than in the past.
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