Soldotna Mayor Nels Anderson expressed concerns about the city’s push to develop a home rule municipal charter, during Wednesday’s city council meeting.
Anderson said he was afraid the city would not receive enough nomination petitions which would result in the cancelation of the Feb. 3, 2015, special election. The filing period for the submission of Charter Commission candidacy forms opened Monday and will close 4:30 p.m., Dec. 19.
Former city council member Nancy Eoff spoke at the meeting in regard to home rule. She said she believes the public does not know enough about the issue.
“To me it seems like a good idea,” Eoff said. “I love the idea of a sales tax because it spreads out the cost of our town, and keeps the town running. I think if we can control that it’s a good idea.”
Following the public comment period, the council and attending members of the public observed a moment of silence for former Soldotna mayor Dolly Farnsworth, who passed away Monday at the age of 92.
“I know Dolly has been quite a part of this community,” said council member Regina Daniels. “It’s amazing how much that woman contributed to the city.”
Before adjourning the council entered an executive session.
Council member Pete Sprague made the motion citing the need to discuss financial issues, “the immediate knowledge of which would clearly have an adverse affect upon the finances of the city of Soldotna.”
The session included Anderson, the city council members, Soldotna Police Chief Peter Mylanrik and city manager Mark Dixson.
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