It didn’t take long for the subject of trash to surface at last night’s regular meeting of the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly. Several public comments were made by citizens who are worried about the proposed plan to adopt curbside trash pick-up in Kodiak. Because the trash pick-up issue was not on the agenda, the assembly members listened to the public comments but no action was taken on the plan. The curbside trash pick-up plan was unveiled last week at the assembly’s work session.
A public hearing was held for an ordinance that would amend the borough budget to reflect changes such as: projects that came in over budget, new projects, the acceptance of grant funds and the movement of funds between projects. During the hearing there were no comments made about the changes.
The borough manager’s report included several items including a new population count for Kodiak as explained by manager Rick Gifford.
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Another topic in the manager’s report was an update on the new pool which has now been open for four months.
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Gifford said that the pool project is still under budget.
Another topic that was not on the agenda, but was on the minds of the assembly members was the earthquake in Haiti. Mayor Jerome Selby put the tragedy into perspective by comparing the number of people who died in Haiti to the number of people that live in Alaska.
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Under new business, the assembly voted in favor of awarding a contract to the MacDowell Group to carry out an island-wide transportation feasibility study. The study will look at the possibility of a small local inter-island ferry system for Kodiak. The MacDowell Group is headquartered in Juneau.
The assembly also passed a resolution to adopt the Kodiak Island Borough Strategic Plan for the years 2010 to 2014 and to support Senior Citizens of Kodiak in its effort to secure state funds for capital improvements.
At the end of last night’s meeting the subject of trash surfaced again during assembly member comments. Mayor Selby indicated that he too had concerns about how some aspects of curbside will work out but felt confidant that Alaska Waste will work closely with the community through the process.
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There will be no work session on January 28th. The members of the assembly are preparing to attend the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference early next month.