Mark Dixson, of Soldotna, has been tapped by the Soldotna City Council to be the next city manager. Dixson, the current general services director for the Kenai Peninsula Borough was picked from a pool of five candidates interviewed in a series of public meetings Monday in the council chambers. It took less than an hour of deliberating for the council to vote on Dixson and direct Soldotna Mayor Peter Micciche to enter into contract negotiations.
Mark Dixson won't have far to move when he trades his current office in the Kenai Peninsula Borough building for his new one less than a block away at Soldotna City Hall. Over the next few months as the current city manager's contract winds toward its Oct. 31 expiration date, Dixson will hear from department heads, the mayor and the city manager as they prepare for his transition into the position.
An ordinance accepting grants from the state for a series of city improvements will be discussed at the Soldotna City Council meeting. The three grants, for a total of $2,225,000 are for a paving improvements project, a police building roof replacement project and the Centennial Park Trail Development Project. The $400,000 grant being offered for the trail development project was removed from the city's five-year plan at the last capital projects meeting over concerns about the capacity of the Kenai River to handle another section of trail.
Government may take money out of communities to fund its operation, but it gives money back as well, in the form of thousands of paychecks each month.
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