Budget cuts total $1.3 million

When the Homer City Council receives its draft of the 2010 city budget, they will find $1.3 million in cuts that proposes not giving money to the town’s non-profits, no Monday hours at the library and closing the old public school building to the Boys and Girls Club.
Homer City Manager Walt Wrede hands off his draft 2010 budget to council members later this week. Budget talks start at Monday’s council meetings and will continue through February before it is finalized.

Homer a ‘go’ for wind

Setting up wind turbines inside city limits is now allowed after action by the Homer City Council Monday night.
Homer is one of the first Alaska towns, after Valdez, to pass laws setting guidelines on turbine height, acreage requirements and whether or not a person would have to get his neighbor’s permission before generating wind power.
That’s the way it should be – Homer as a leader in climate action work, said Council Member Beth Wythe.

A dozen candidates file for city, borough offices

Certain years the city can’t seem to interest citizens in running for seats on the level of small government, but this isn’t a typical year with six people turning out for two seats or for the six running for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Political seats go up for grabs

The filing period for Homer City Council, Kenai Peninsula Borough and school board seats opened Monday in preparation for the upcoming Oct. 6 election.
Three seats on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly are open, including Gary Knopp’s Kalifornsky seat, Ron Long’s East Peninsula seat and Milli Martin’s South Peninsula seat.

Wind Power raises questions

• Wind power systems meet concern about how towers could alter scenic views By Naomi Klouda Homer Tribune Homer residents are about to feel a giant tug of war over two notions near and dear to their hearts: a love of ocean front views versus renewable energy – wind power. If windmills go up on […]

Water rates rise

New water rates were passed by the Homer City Council on Monday night, despite an appeal from the mayor and Councilman Bryan Zak that the struggling economy is no time to increase the cost of living.

In a 5-1 vote, the council again passed the three relevant ordinances. In an attempt to soften the blow, Mayor Pro Tem Dennis Novak advocated not placing the new rates on billing cycles until after the first of the new year.

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