Letters – June 25

Regarding natural gasline assessments

In January, Superior Court Judge Huguelet stated: “The city’s assessment with respect to condominium owners is “arbitrary and unreasonable”. He ordered the City of Homer to correct Ordinance 13-02. Everyone thought the legal battle was over. However, several of us have approached the City and been told the City considers the case as “isolated” and assessing will not change.
Enstar, a private company, entered into a contract with the City of Homer allowing Enstar to install their distribution line in our streets and right of ways, giving each lot access. Enstar also contracted with City to bill the cost recovery of their gas line. They did not tell Homer how to do it. Homer had several ways to recover the gas line costs: road frontage, property value, lot sizes, or per lot. Assessment using property values, lot area or road frontage was complicated. Per lot was quick and easy and the City could use a property owners list provided by the Borough. However, when the City came to condo properties, they did not assess Condominium Associations. They changed from ‘per lot’ to ‘per condominium owner’. For instance,The Landings complex found themselves facing a City assessment of approximately $70,000.00. If The Landings was an apartment building, or a hotel, a gas station, vacant, a restaurant, home, or business complex, the assessment would only be $3,283.80. It was “per lot” until condos were singled out and it changed to ‘per owner’. It was this inequity that went to court this past winter. You all know the outcome. What has it cost the Homer taxpayers to reach this point?
Amy Springer,
Condo owner
President, Interlude Condo Owners Assoc.

The real Spit Run

A race down the beach (no blacktop, concrete and little danger of passing cars) will be held Saturday, June 28 at low tide.  There will be a five minute question and answer session at the pavillion at Bishop’s Beach park at 10 a.m.
There are no entry fees, no times kept, and little chance of death.  Wear shoes you can get wet, wading wet.   People that start at the pavillion and show up at Land’s End before noon will be given a free ride back.  Free ice cream cone from Spit Licks for all finishers! 
Gordy Vernon

Help in offsetting costs appreciated

On behalf of the board, staff and volunteers of the Pratt Museum, thank you to Daisy Lee Bitter Marine and Coastal Education Fund for a grant to support the Pratt Museum’s current exhibit, “Putting By: Food and Identity on the Kenai.”
“Putting By” explores how traditional cultural foods, networks of food sharing, and food storage techniques lend particular insights into the culture of this region.
Daisy Lee Bitter’s support helped offset the costs of presenting this important exhibit.
Diane Converse
Museum director/CEO

Best beginning starts with you

A “big” thank you to the Homer Foundation’s Youth Advisory Committee and the Sheldon Youth to Youth fund for their donation to Best Beginnings Homer – Playspaces Work Group and our Bayview Park improvements. This grant, along with a generous donation from Todd Martin of K Martin Construction, will allow us to complete Stage 1 this summer: improving the ADA parking area and installing an ADA trail from the parking area to the swings and jungle gym. These improvements will increase accessibility for children and their parents/caregivers who have disabilities or mobility issues. We appreciate the Youth
Advisory Committee’s support of our project and helping young children and their families gain more access to fun, outdoor playspaces in our community!
Kate Crowley
Playspaces Work group leader
Best Beginnings Homer

Great art

I would like to say thank you to one of your citizens, Dan Coe, who recently designed my book cover. He did an excellent job. My book, “Looking for Aiktow,” is attracting attention not only because of its content, but because of that eye-catching cover.
Joan Soggie,
Elbow, Saskatchewan, Canada

Writers’ conference a success

The Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College would like to extend its sincerest appreciation and gratitude to the following individuals, agencies and businesses whose generous grants, donations and in-kind support made the 13th annual Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference possible and such a tremendous success. Over 150 writers, students, teachers, literary enthusiasts and readers from Homer as well as throughout Alaska and the lower 48 spent 4 days together within a context of shared experiences of workshops, informal conversations, discussions, craft talks, open mics and readings.
Participants left with a renewed appreciation and passion for the written word, new friends, new resources and incredible inspiration.
This highly acclaimed, educational and cultural experience could not have been possible without the assistance and significant contributions from many including: Advance Printing, ACF’s Elizabeth Carroll Fund, Alaska Airlines, Alaska Coastal Marine, Alaska Humanities Forum, Alaska Professional Communicators, Alaska State Council on the Arts, KBC Caroline M. Coons Fund, Barbara Baugh, Bay Excursions, Homer Council on the Arts, Lucy Cutting, Ravn Air, Maury and Agnes Coyle, Alaska Women’s Network, First National Bank Alaska, Friends of the Homer Library, Jana Hayenga, Homer News, Homer Veterinary Clinic, Mary Hughes, Gary Klopfer, Land’s End Resort, Peninsula Clarion, Peter and Jo Michalski, Save-U-More, Peggy Shumaker/Joe Usibelli, The Homer Bookstore, Two Sisters Bakery, Tutka Bay Lodge, Fran Ulmer, University of Alaska BP/Conoco Fund, University of Alaska Anchorage’s Chancellor office and University Relations, UAA’s CWLA department and the Usibelli Foundation. Thank you all.
See you next year, June 12-16.
Carol Swartz,
Kachemak Bay Campus

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