Tag Archives: Dave Townsend

Assembly Votes Problematic Borough Land Sale Off Table

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Last week, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly turned down a potentially illegal land sale. Assemblyman Dave Townsend and Rob Baer had applied to buy land on Raspberry Island. The transaction made it past the Planning and Zoning Commission before the borough’s attorney pointed out the deal may not be legal. It turns out that the mode of sale ... Read More »

Borough Land Sale Highlights Policy Issue

Baer and Townsend’s purchase request mapped out. Courtesy of Kodiak Island Borough Kayla Desroches/KMXT Tonight at the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly meeting, the assembly will address a purchase one of its members had hoped to make of borough land. As covered in the meeting packet, Assemblyman Dave Townsend and Rob Baer own a parcel of land on Raspberry Island and ... Read More »

Assembly Urges Legislature to Pass Budget for Health of Fisheries

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly addressed a letter to the Alaska state legislature last week, urging legislators to pass the budget in light of impending commercial fishery openings. In the letter, the assembly writes that the “salmon won’t stop and wait for a government budget solution.” The letter stresses the economic effect a potential government shutdown on July ... Read More »

Assembly Passes Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The right of neighbors to give input on private property came up at the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly regular meeting last night. Since last year, the assembly has been working on an ordinance that would permit accessory dwelling units in certain residential districts. ADUs are living areas with their own kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and entrance that are located ... Read More »

Borough Seeks More Public Input on Chicken Ordinance

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Local government is still deciding how it should balance law and order with residents’ passion for raising chickens. Last year, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly put a hold on the enforcement of land use regulations which prohibit keeping poultry on urban residential lots, and the borough has since been trying to figure out how to better control the ... Read More »

In Local Marijuana Regulations, Borough Looks to State

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly is mulling over recommendations from the Borough Marijuana Task Force about what marijuana cultivation and business should look like on the island. At a special work session Thursday night, Borough Manager Michael Powers said staff was seeking guidance on the direction it should go in. However, the meeting turned out to be more ... Read More »

Local Company Wants to Turn Slash Into Energy Source

Kayla Desroches/KMXT A business wants to buy slash – or wood debris – created from the tree salvage in Chiniak and turn it into fuel. Peter Olsen, owner of forestry company Quayanna Development Corporation, says he’s approached borough staff multiple times since the Twin Creeks fire to express interest in the slash. “Commercial timber operations could produce a considerable amount ... Read More »

Assembly Appoints Dave Townsend to Open Seat

Borough clerk Nova Javier swears in new assemblyman Dave Townsend. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT Last week, a new assemblyman joined the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly. Dan Rohrer left the seat vacant when he became borough assembly mayor, and seven candidates stepped up to vie for the position. They were Terry Haines, David Harmes, Monique Lewis, Andy Schroeder, Jonathan Strong, Dave ... Read More »

Six Applicants Line-up for Vacant Assembly Seat

Kayla Desroches/KMXT When he became borough mayor, Dan Rohrer left an open Kodiak Island Borough Assembly seat behind him, and the assembly has a number of applicants to choose from to fill that seat. Two of them ran for the positions that Scott Smiley and Matt Van Daele won at the recent election. They’re Ocean Beauty plant manager James Turner, ... Read More »

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