The Kodiak City Council held what the city clerks called a “secret vote” at the council regular meeting Thursday night.
The clerks charged councilmembers with nominating one of their colleagues to the position of deputy mayor, who fills the place of the city mayor if they are absent from meetings or unable to complete their term.
Once they received the nominations, the clerks handed out ballots to the councilmembers several times, but no one earned the necessary four votes to be victorious.
Eventually, Councilman Charlie Davidson spoke up, outing himself as one of the candidates, and ceded to the other candidate, Councilman Randy Bishop, for what he called the “sake of expediency.”
Also on the agenda was a town beautification project.
This year, Bruce Shactler headed an initiative to order trash cans decorated with historic salmon can labels and place them around town. In a follow-up step, Shactler, Anjuli Grantham, and Astrid Mueller will design and set up interpretive panels that explain the connection between the labels and historic canneries in Kodiak.
The council agreed to authorize the purchase and shipment of the interpretive panels with funding from the Downtown Revitalization Project fund. The panels will be placed on the Brechan Building across from the harbormaster’s office. The budget is for up to $18,000.
The council also gave the go-ahead for demolition of the old A. Holmes Johnson Public Library building to make way for a new fire station building. B-and-R Fish By-Products won that contract with a bid of $263,245.
The City Council’s next meeting is a joint work session with Kodiak Island Borough Assembly on December 21, a Wednesday, which is earlier in the week than usual due to the holidays.