Harbor awaits ramp 7 fix

• City council makes Homer a Green Dot community, turns down compensation increase, and more
By Hannah Heimbuch
Homer Tribune

A consulting engineer warned against a repair plan aimed at putting ramp 7 back in service at the transient dock in the Homer harbor, said Harbor Master Bryan Hawkins at Monday’s Homer City Council meeting.
“Essentially he didn’t like the proposal that they were suggesting,” Hawkins said, “and he gave written comments on that and alternatives that he felt would be acceptable for them to do in order to reinstall that gangway.”
The repairs are those suggested by the Seldovia Village Tribe, who installed the ramp at the transient dock several years ago to service the Seldovia fast ferry. The ramp is also open for public use.
Earlier this winter, after a particularly low tide, the ramp disengaged from the float and fell into the harbor.
Several council members expressed frustrations at the delay.
“The fact that this hasn’t been taken care of correctly during the winter time I find to be really unacceptable,” said Councilwoman Barbara Howard. “I’m sorry, but I’m not very compassionate about this.”
There are some alternatives, Hawkins said, such as finding space at the large vessel float system, or postponing plans for ramp 7 repair and having passengers and crew walk from ramp 6 — the solution Hawkins supported.
Whichever solution they choose, said City Manager Walt Wrede, is temporary, as a major float replacement project in the fall will be designed to hold the existing ramp.
Harbor staff will continue to meet with SVT representatives to find a solution, Hawkins said.

Making Homer green

The council adopted a resolution making Homer a Green Dot Community, with several community members voicing their support of the program and social movement.
Lifelong Homer resident Carolyn Norton said her childhood in Homer was idyllic, one of the reasons she’s choosing to raise her young son Gulliver here as well. But her work at Homer’s Haven House showed her that abuse and trauma are also realities thriving beneath Homer’s bright exterior.
Programs like Green Dot are incredible tools for empowering an entire community to put a stop to violence and abuse, she said.
Homer resident Sierra Smith also spoke in favor of the city’s support of an open dialogue about ending violence.
“We need to give permission to victims, survivors, offenders and advocates to ask for help,” Smith said. “To have the skills to step in and help anyone around them, to talk about it without fear.”

In other council business

Council introduced an ordinance to appropriate $6,000 for a pick-up truck for port and harbor operations. The public hearing and second reading will be May 27.
• Council introduced an ordinance appropriating $99,274 for conversion of city buildings to natural gas. The public hearing and second reading will also be May 27.
• Council adopted a resolution extending by one year the contract that Homer Senior Citizens, Inc. holds for Homer prisoner meals.
• Council awarded a tri-annual contract to R/C Land Improvement of Anchor Point for Public Works gravel supply. The contract is active through 2016, and the 2014 bill is $37,682.
• Mayor Beth Wythe proclaimed the week of May 11-17 National Hospital Week, in honor of South Peninsula Hospital’s 58 years of excellent service to the southern Kenai Peninsula.
• Council approved an ordinance that limits the period for filing a complaint regarding the City Ethics Code, to five years after the violation or one year after discovery of the violation.
• Council did not approve an ordinance that would increase compensation for participating council members and the mayor. Sponsor Beau Burgess and councilwoman Francie Roberts strongly supported the small stipend as a way to allow participation from a more diverse Homer demographic in the council process.
• Council introduced an ordinance that would amend city code to add farmers’ markets and open air markets to the allowable conditional uses and structures in the Central Business District, as well as the General Commercial 1 and 2 zoning districts. This condition is already present in the Town Center district.

Contact the writer
Posted by on May 14th, 2014 and filed under Headline News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed

Like us on Facebook