Tag: annexation

LBC to Discuss Seldovia Annexation Issue, What do you think?

| December 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Jenny Chissus

I received word from Timothy J. Dillon, Seldovia’s city manager, that the meeting date for the next LBC (Local Boundary Commission) meeting was just confirmed, and will be held on January 16, 2014 at 10:00am.   For more information, you can call:  (907) 269-4559   Interested parties can attend in person, or telephonically.

Brent Williams from the Local Boundary Commission wrote:

“An agenda item will be a discussion of Mr. Lethin’s request that the LBC use its constitutional authority to proactively initiate the process of annexing territory to the city, without a petition from the city. The LBC chair added this request as a discussion item to the meeting’s agenda. This will simply be a discussion item at the meeting, not an action item. If you have any questions, please let us know.”

If you were in attendance at the last City Council meeting, you were witness to the many Seldovians who expressed opposition to this idea.  I took note that out of the 30 public folks in attendance, 16 stated verbally that they were opposed to the idea, there wasn’t anyone in the crowd who expressed that they believed it was a good action to take, and three individuals desired to know more prior to making a decision about their position.  As Mayor Gain went down the list of attendees to see if individuals from the public wished to speak, there were 11 folks who stated “No Comment”.

Numerous members of the public expressed that they didn’t understand how an individual can bring such an important issue to the Local Boundary Commission for consideration without having support from the community that is directly affected.   Please let us know what you are thinking and complete the following poll!

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City Annexation Proposal Questions Answered

| December 7, 2013 | 4 Comments

by Jenny Chissus

I’ve done a bit of digging, and want to try to clarify a few things, as there has been quite a bit of confusion.  If you don’t have time for the full scoop, I have put together a quick list of the current status of the annexation issue.

  • The City has NOT instigated, discussed or proposed any action regarding the issue of annexation.
  • Kris Lethin is the sole instigator of this annexation proposal.
  • The mailing from Kris Lethin that had the “City of Seldovia” in the return address was not intended by Kris to mislead anyone regarding the sender of the mailing everyone received this week.
  • The City Council will be discussing this issue at the December 11 meeting, all are welcome.
  • The Local Boundary Commission (LBC) has put the issue on the agenda for their next meeting (time yet to be determined), but it is a discussion Continue Reading

Kris Lethin Explains Reasoning Behind His Quest for Annexation

| November 25, 2013 | 2 Comments

by Jenny Chissus

Seldovia has a lot going on these days, and one of the big issues swirling around in the talking circles has been the quest by local resident Kris Lethin regarding the pursuit of annexation of the entire Seldovia Recreational District into the city of Seldovia.  I thought it best to give Kris the floor, and let him explain his position and why he feels it’s a positive opportunity for Seldovia.

Should you be interested in knowing more, there are links in this article, as well as an opportunity to express your thoughts at the next City Council meeting on December 11.  But for now, I wanted to thank Kris for taking the time to answer a few questions, and get us all up to speed on his thinking so that folks can make intelligent and informed decisions on their own!

KrisLethinGazette:    Kris, there is a lot of talk about your pursuit to annex the whole Seldovia Recreational Service area into the city of Seldovia.  Tell us about your proposal.

Kris:  The Seldovia boundary (annexation) issue has been simmering for decades in Seldovia.  There’s been an assumption that nothing could be done because any effort would be turned down by those living outside of Seldovia City Limits without knowing about the constitutionally created Local Boundary Commission that was created to resolve Continue Reading