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Story last updated at 4:23 PM on Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Council approves Kachemak Drive path study

By Michael Armstrong
Staff Writer

In other action at Monday night's Homer City Council meeting, the council approved a proposal by the Parks and Recreation Committee to study building an initial phase of a nonmotorized path along Kachemak Drive. The council appropriated $20,000 from the roads and trails fund to do survey work and engineering on a trail that would go from the base of the Homer Spit at Kachemak Drive up toward the old airport. The study wouldn't approve the trail, just look at if it's technically feasible.

In other action, the council:

* Approved Mayor Beth Wythe's appointment of Larry Slone to the Homer Advisory Planning Commission;

* Amended the official road maintenance map by adding Kestrel Circle and part of Golden Plover Avenue as urban roads, meaning they could be maintained and plowed when a sufficient number of homes are built there.

* Accepted an $18,852 grant from the Rasmuson Foundation to purchase books, media and other materials for the Homer Public Library;

* Appropriated $212,000 from the roads and trails fund to repave Fish Dock Road and $100,000 from general fund reserves for a reimbursable economic development grant to fund the Homer Tidal Power Incubator Project, a program at the Deep Water Dock to do tidal power studies;

* Approved a one-year contract with a one-year option to renew for lobbying services from the Anderson Group;

* Awarded a contract not to exceed $25,000 to Pacific Pile and Marine, Seattle, for fender pile removal at the Deep Water Dock;

* Approved a memorandum of agreement between the Homer Playground Project, the Homer Foundation and the city regarding future maintenance and oversight of responsibilities for the new playground at Karen Hornaday Park, and

* Accepted bid results on surplus equipment sales.

The next meeting of the council is at 6 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Cowles Council Chambers.

Michael Armstrong can be reached at michael.armstrong@homernews.com.