Soldotna charter commission to begin meeting

Members of Soldotna’s charter commission will begin meeting to delve into making the city a home-rule community.

Soldotna residents voted to form the commission during a special election May 10. One factor that prompted the citizens’ initiative to bring the vote forward was Soldotna’s loss of a year-round sales tax on nonprepared food items during the October 2015 general election.

The Soldotna City Council certified the election results at its Wednesday meeting. The seven-member charter commission will hold its first meeting at 6 p.m. June 13 at Soldotna City Hall. Commission member Linda Hutchings said the meeting will serve as an opportunity to elect a commission chair and to get organized for the work ahead.

The commission will start by looking at examples of charters from other home-rule cities in the state, Hutchings said.

Dale Bagley, another commission member, said the members are generally happy with Soldotna as a whole and not looking to make too many major changes.

“Actually what I’m hoping is that the administration just does their absolute best to come up with a sample charter and then ask us what the five, six (or) seven items that we really care about are, and then we can dig into those,” he said.

Hutchings said there are several different components to be looked at when forming a charter for Soldotna, but said tackling the city’s sales tax is not the only goal.

“It is about keeping the city a nice and small and picturesque city with a lot of services that we have come to enjoy,” Hutchings said.

Hutchings said all commission meetings will be open to the public.

“This is a very transparent process,” she said. “We’re not going to be trying to hide anything from anybody.”

Reach Megan Pacer at megan.pacer@peninsulaclarion.com.

More in News

Raymond Bradbury preserves his salmon while dipnetting in the mouth of the Kenai River on Saturday, July 10, 2021. (Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai River dipnetting closed; Kasilof to close Sunday

The Kasilof River dipnet fishery is reportedly slow, but fish are being caught

Silver salmon hang in the Seward Boat Harbor during the 2018 Seward Silver Salmon Derby. (Photo courtesy of Seward Chamber of Commerce)
Seward Silver Salmon derby runs Aug. 13-21

Last year’s derby featured 1,800 contestants competing across eight days

Rayna Reynolds tends to her cow at the 4-H Agriculture Expo in Soldotna, Alaska on Aug. 5, 2022. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Animals take the stage at 4-H expo

Contestants were judged on the quality of the animal or showmanship of the handler

Emily Matthews and Andy Kowalczyk pose outside the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies headquarters on Friday, July 29, 2022, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Charlie Menke/Homer News)
AmeriCorps volunteers aid Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

The 10-month commitment pushed them outside of comfort zones

People gather in Ninilchik, Alaska, on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, for Salmonfest, an annual event that raises awareness about salmon-related causes. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
All about the salmon

Fish, love and music return to Ninilchik

Alaska State Veterinarian Dr. Bob Gerlach gives a presentation on Avian Influenza Virus at the 4-H Agriculture Expo in Soldotna, Alaska, on Aug. 5, 2022. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
State looks to outreach, education amid bird flu outbreak

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza is spreading in Alaska

Fencing surrounds the 4th Avenue Theatre in Anchorage, Alaska, on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022. Demolition will begin in August 2022 on the once-opulent downtown Anchorage movie theater designed by the architect of Hollywood’s famed Pantages Theatre. The 4th Avenue Theatre with nearly 1,000 seats opened in 1947, and it withstood the second most powerful earthquake ever recorded. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
Efforts fail to save historic Anchorage theater from demolition

Anchorage entrepreneur Austin “Cap” Lathrop opened the 4th Avenue Theatre, with nearly 1,000 seats, on May 31, 1947

Mimi Israelah, center, cheers for Donald Trump inside the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, Alaska, during a rally Saturday July 9, 2022. Two Anchorage police officers violated department policy during a traffic stop last month when Israelah, in town for a rally by former President Donald Trump showed a “white privilege card” instead of a driver’s license and was not ticketed. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News via AP, File)
Alaska officers violated policy in ‘white privilege’ stop

The top of the novelty card reads: “White Privilege Card Trumps Everything.”

Ashlyn O’Hara / Peninsula Clarion file 
Alaska LNG Project Manager Brad Chastain presents information about the project during a luncheon at the Kenai Chamber Commerce and Visitor Center on July 6.
Local leaders voice support for LNG project

Local municipalities are making their support for the Alaska LNG Project known

Most Read