Council approves police station design funding, traffic monitor

In a meeting that ran uncommonly short, the Homer City Council passed a number of ordinances at its Monday meeting without much comment or debate.

Among them were Ordinance 18-31, which appropriates the $473,829 needed from the Police Station Reserve to fund the 100 percent design for Homer’s new police station. This funding had been contingent upon the police station proportion passing in the recent special election.

Also passed was Ordinance 18-34, sponsored by council member Rachel Lord. It allows the city to use $3,500 from the Police Reserve to buy a traffic monitoring device. This measure stems from numerous ongoing reports of speeding on Ben Walters Lane that come to the city and the Homer Police Department. Lord sponsored the ordinance in order to give police actual data to back up the reported claims of rampant speeding, which she says will help them better decide where and how to spend limited city funds on traffic abatement.

Council members also voted to pass an ordinance appropriating $35,911 from the Harbor Depreciation Reserve Fund for the relocation of the Ramp 2 Harbor Backflow Prevention Facilities. Another ordinance related to Ramp 2, 18-33, was passed and allows the spending of “accumulated commercial passenger vessel funds” and money from the Port and Harbor Fund to complete the Ramp 2 restroom replacement project scheduled to begin in August.

Reach Megan Pacer at mpacer@homernews.com.

More in News

The 2021 elections will be held Oct. 5.
Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board Q&A

On Tuesday, Oct. 5, elections will be held for Homer City Council,… Continue reading

The 2021 elections will be held Oct. 5.
Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Q&A

On Tuesday, Oct. 5, elections will be held for Homer City Council,… Continue reading

The 2021 elections will be held Oct. 5.
Homer City Council candidate Q&A

On Tuesday, Oct. 5, elections will be held for Homer City Council,… Continue reading

Traffic moves north along the Sterling Highway shortly after a fatal crash closed the highway for several hours Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. The state is seeking federal funding for a project aimed at improving safety along the Sterling Highway between mileposts 82.5 to 94, or between Sterling and Soldotna. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)
State looks to federal funding for Sterling Highway project

The project is aimed at improving highway safety between Sterling and Soldotna.

Ethan Benton (left) and Laura Walters of Kodiak win the vaccine lottery for the Alaska Chamber's week one vaccine lottery giveaway "Give AK a Shot." (Screenshot)
State names winners in 1st vaccine lottery

A Valdez and Kodiak resident took home checks for $49,000 each.

Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion
A podium marks the beginning of a StoryWalk at Soldotna Creek Park on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. The project was discontinued in August due to vandalism.
Vandalism ends Soldotna library program

The StoryWalk was made possible by a $2,500 donation from the Soldotna Library Friends.

Juneau Empire file
The Coast Guard medevaced a 90-year-old suffering stroke-like symptoms near Ketchikan aboard a 45-foot response boat-medium like this one, seen in Juneau, on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021.
Coast Guard medevacs man from yacht near Ketchikan

The 90-year-old suffered symptoms of a stroke.

James Varsos, also known as “Hobo Jim,” poses for a photo during the August 2016, Funny River Festival in Funny River, Alaska, in August 2016. (Peninsula Clarion file)
‘Hobo Jim’ opens up about recent terminal cancer diagnosis

Varsos was named Alaska’s official “state balladeer” in 1994.

Most Read