A Resolution of the City Council of Homer, Alaska, Establishing a Natural Gas Distribution Task Force. City Manager.
CITY OF HOMER
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF HOMER, ALASKA, ESTABLISHING THE HOMER NATURAL GAS DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM TASK FORCE.
WHEREAS, The grant agreement between the City and the State of Alaska for the natural gas transmission line grant contains legislative intent language which among other things, stipulates that the City prepare a plan for a natural gas distribution system within its municipal boundaries; and
WHEREAS, Memorandum 10-93, adopted on June 28, 2010, contained a recommendation that the Council “establish a task force to help the administration review financing and implementation options for the distribution system and necessary amendments to the local improvement district and utilities code”; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Homer City Council hereby establishes the Homer Natural Gas Distribution System Task Force and authorizes the City Clerk to begin advertising for applicants interested in serving.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the task force shall have five members, two members of the Homer City Council and three members of the general public; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the three seats reserved for the general public shall be open to all applicants, but City residents with experience in public financing, utilities, utility permitting and regulation, business, and other relevant fields are desirable and encouraged to apply.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the task force shall receive strong staff support which shall at times and as appropriate, include the City Attorney, the City Manager, the Public Works Director, the Finance Director, the City Planner, and other staff members or experts as needed.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Task Force Scope of Work shall include:
• Review the range of distribution system financing options and make recommendations to the Council.
• Review current City Code related to Local Improvement Districts and utility construction practices and permitting (relevant portions of Chapters 11, 13, and 17) and make recommendations regarding necessary code amendments to the Council.
• Function as a “review board” for Enstar’s plans to construct the distribution system.
• Prepare a written plan which addresses the financing, permitting, and construction of a potential gas distribution system within the City limits.
PASSED AND ADOPTED by the Homer City Council this 27th day of September, 2010.
CITY OF HOMER
JAMES C. HORNADAY, MAYOR
JO JOHNSON, CMC, CITY CLERK
Fiscal Note: Unknown at this time. Possible staff overtime and consultant or legal fees.