With regular elections over, the city of Soldotna is wasting no time in adopting policy that facilitates the process of moving from general law to a home rule city.
At Wednesday’s meeting the city council passed a resolution for a special election to take place on Feb. 3, 2015 for qualified voters to elect a Charter Commission that will be responsible for conducting the review process to decide if it is necessary for the city to move to home rule.
Council member Pete Sprague said that he is interested in being elected to the charter commission, in a previous Clarion interview.
At the meeting City Manager Mark Dixson put forward an ordinance that would appropriate $5,000 of leftover funds from the 2014 Regular Election toward the expenses of the Feb. 3, 2015 special election. It is estimated the special election will cost $9,500.
The city council will vote on whether or not to allocate the $5,000 at the next meeting on Oct. 29.
Council member Sprague, Meggean Bos, Paul Whitney, Linda Murphy and city mayor Nels Anderson were also sworn in at Wednesday’s meeting after the council voted in favor of certifying the results of the Oct. 7 Regular City Election.