Tag Archives: Michael Powers

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 »

Boroughs Renews Share of Animal Control Service

Kayla Desroches/KMXT When a dog gets loose and poses a threat to Kodiak residents, animal control is the service they call. Animal control also covers vaccine enforcement and responds to reports of abuse. The Kodiak Island Borough contracts with the City of Kodiak to provide those services and pays for its part of the agreement. Last week at its regular ... Read More »

Borough Uses Code to Clarify Land Development Process

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The borough is working to clear the muddy waters of land sale. At the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly meeting on Thursday, the assembly altered language in its code that Borough Manager Michael Powers said modernizes the land disposal process. “It basically puts the onus on a developer or developers to present proposals for the development and then, once ... Read More »

Borough Considers Raising Property Taxes

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough is looking into raising property taxes to make ends meet and balance the budget in the next fiscal year. Like the rest of Alaska, Kodiak’s budget is suffering from shrinking state and federal revenues, which make up a large portion of the borough’s general fund. Borough Manager Michael Powers says 2016’s poor pink salmon ... Read More »

Manager Questions Borough’s Past Budgeting Practices

The Kodiak Island Borough government is pretty new at the top, with the mayor, manager and finance director all coming aboard in 2016. As a result, the budget under consideration for the fiscal year that begins in July is somewhat new ground. “I’m trying to think of the best way of putting this,” said Borough Manager Michael Powers at last ... Read More »

Assembly Mulls Over Marijuana Business Buffer Zones

Kayla Desroches/KMXT If there’s one concern that’s come to the forefront for marijuana regulation in the borough, it’s children’s well-being. Last week, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly looked over recommendations from its marijuana task force on possible regulation on marijuana business and cultivation in the borough. One issue it reviewed is buffer zones. The task force suggested the borough stick ... 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 »

New Kodiak Island Borough Mayor Sworn In

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough has a new mayor. Assemblyman Dan Rohrer left his assembly seat in order to take over from Jerrol Friend, whose term expired this month and who had served as borough mayor since October 2013. Rohrer ran unopposed at the recent municipal elections and won 1,983 votes. At the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly regular meeting ... Read More »

Borough and City Embark on Process to Consider Consolidation

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak City Council and Kodiak Island Borough Assembly broached the topic of consolidation for the first time since voters decided the two bodies should explore forming into one unit of government. At the council and assembly joint work session Wednesday night, Assemblyman Larry LeDoux said he wanted to leave the meeting with an idea of how to ... Read More »

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