Annexation Discussion Continues Despite Limited Participation

first_imgStory as aired: Many of the residents outside of city limits live in rural settings, riding ATVs along dirt trails and keeping livestock on their well and septic properties. They fear the city’s road rules, animal licensing regulations, and water and sewer requirements. The City of Soldotna hired the Athena Group, a consulting agency to create an open forum to discuss the potential for annexation. According to a report released by the group, only 97 individuals have participated in one or more of the activities. Feedback from those who have participated is the threat of it “imposed on them” and cited a lack of trust in the city’s motives.   FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享It’s the new laws they’d face, and a lack of trust which seems to be troubling most residents in the areas Soldotna may potentially one day annex. The forum is ongoing until October 30.center_img The nine regions were listed for annexation: Funny River West (1), Funny River East (9), Skyview (2), K-Beach South (3), K-Beach Central (4), K-Beach North (5), Knight Drive (6), Kenai Spur (7), and Sterling Highway (8). The largest group of participants includes people who live, own property or own/manage a business in the study areas. These are the people who would be most impacted by an expansion of city boundaries. For more information on annexation in the City of Soldotna, click here. Meagan Picard, the lead consultant on the community study: Overall feeling I am getting from the community is even a reluctance to have a conversation about annexation, because of a history that they have been through.” last_img