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Story last updated at 4:24 PM on Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Harbor resolutions to be reconsidered

By McKibben Jackinsky
Staff Writer

Two resolutions that smoothly sailed through the May 29 meeting of the Homer City Council will be back at the council's June 11 meeting. Council member Barbara Howard called for reconsideration after noting the resolutions lacked effective dates.

"I felt this was the most transparent thing to do, bring them back and adopt them with those dates in there," said Howard.

Resolution 12-037 amends the city fee schedule for port and harbor fees and Resolution 12-038 amends the Port of Homer Terminal Tariff No. 600, both for repaying a revenue bond and contributing to the Port and Harbor Enterprise Reserves.

The resolutions were developed after the city council recognized the harbor's need to complete capital improvement projects, according to Harbormaster Bryan Hawkins. A harbor improvement committee was formed to prioritize projects and locate funding sources.

"We found the best source of dollars was the Municipal Harbors Grant Program with the state of Alaska," said Hawkins of the grant's 50-50 match requirement.

The projects are:

• Ramp 3 gangway and approach, $795,000;

• Harbor float replacement, $6,783,000;

• Upgrade System 5 — vessel shore power, $971,000;

• Load and launch ramp, $875,000;

• Total: $9,424,000.

McKibben Jackinsky can be reached at mckibben.jackinsky@homernews.com.