City of Homer

City reduces bond amount for new police station

Apr 29, 2019
Courtesy of the City of Homer

The City of Homer is borrowing less money than originally anticipated to construct the new police station. In a press release last week, the city announced that it signed off on a $4.1 million bond for the project, lower than the $5 million bond voters approved during a special election in 2018.  

Area residents will pay back that money via a .35-percent sales tax increase, most of which will be eliminated once the project is paid off. A portion will remain on the books to pay for ongoing maintenance costs at the new station.

Dunleavy's budget cuts will cost Homer and borough

Feb 14, 2019
Skip Gray-360 North)

Gov. Mike Dunleavy unveiled his far-reaching budget proposal Wednesday and it’s left public officials on the Kenai Peninsula with more questions than answers.

Homer City Manager Katie Koester said the city has a laundry list of concerns when it comes to the cuts that may be in the fine print of Dunleavy’s budget proposal.

Courtesy of Enstar

After roughly three years, Enstar Natural Gas is returning to the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, which regulates utility rates in the state, to potentially solve a growing problem on the southern Kenai Peninsula. The gas company is trying to restructure how a surcharge on customers’ bills is paying back money it spent to bring natural gas to Homer in 2013.

Image Courtesy of the City of Homer

The City of Homer is thinking about how it will develop its storm water drainage system as the community grows. The city recently received a roughly $100,000 grant from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to see how green infrastructure could help mitigate the cost of developing that system.

Public Works Director Carey Meyer said green infrastructure can range from grassy ditches that remove sediment carried by rainwater runoff to rain gardens that retain and filter water during storms.

KBBI News

Click on the audio file below to hear the  Homer City Council & Mayoral Candidates Forum sponsored by The Homer Chamberof Commerce, recorded at Alices's Champagne Palace in Homer on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Homer City Manager Katie Koester told Homer residents Tuesday that the city is keeping its head above water as the state fiscal crisis and recession continues.

Koester gave a State of the City speech to residents during a Homer Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Best Western Bidarka Inn.

She highlighted Homer’s diverse economy and steady population growth.

Courtesy of Keep Cannabis Legal

Marijuana businesses across the Kenai Peninsula Borough are facing an uncertain future. Ballot Proposition 1 will go to a vote in October and would ban all pot operations within the borough that don’t fall under municipal regulations. A ballot initiative group is pushing back against the proposition by promoting the economic growth of the marijuana industry.

Keep Cannabis Legal gave a presentation to the Homer Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Board Friday. The ballot initiative group is traveling around the peninsula to push back against Ballot Proposition 1.

New director takes over at Hospice of Homer

May 12, 2017
Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Hospice of Homer has a new executive director after Darlene Hilderbrand retired last month. Hilderbrand started as the volunteer coordinator 18 years ago before becoming director.

Jessica Golden started working with Hilderbrand last month and took over the volunteer-based operation May 1. Golden has worked in the non-profit field since 2008 doing public relations work for Blood Bank of Alaska and most recently as the events manager for the American Lung Association’s Alaska branch.

Kachemak Bay Campus celebrates the class of 2017

May 11, 2017
Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The Kachemak Bay College Campus held its graduation ceremony Wednesday. Family and friends gathered in Homer High School’s auditorium to watch 13 GEDs and 21 certificates awarded. Nineteen graduates also received associate, bachelor and master’s degrees.

Retiring Associate Professor of Mathematics Sara Reinert was set to address the graduating class, but was unable to attend. Campus Director Carol Swartz spoke to Reinert’s impact on campus.

Challenges for Homer businesses, what are they?

May 10, 2017
Image Courtesy of the City of Homer

What are the challenges businesses face in Homer? That’s what the Homer Economic Development Advisory Commission hopes to answer by surveying business owners in the city.

Commissioner Rachel Lord presented a plan to the Homer City Council Monday that would survey businesses within city limits.

The commission hopes the data collected will help the city better understand ways it can help businesses.

“Our job growth and our economic development really is going to likely come most from the success and retention of the businesses we currently have,” Lord said.

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