Assembly Talks Trash Collection Again Tonight


Diana Gish/KMXT

When the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly meets in a work session tonight one of the topics on the agenda will be the solid waste disposal contract. The contract is listed under "old business."

At the last regular meeting of the assembly, the latest version of the contract was up for a vote after months of discussion, public hearings, and revisions. But instead of deciding on the contract, the assembly passed a motion to delay the vote another time. The revised contract had been e-mailed to the assembly on the afternoon of the April 15th meeting but some of the members were unaware that it was available.

(Trash Contract 1 "Quite frankly I …of this community.")

That was Assemblywoman Louise Stutes speaking at the last meeting. She, along with Assemblymembers Judy Fulp, Dave Kaplan and Jerrol Friend, voted to delay the decision on the contract.

Borough Manager Rick Gifford explained why the contract wasn’t ready until the afternoon of the assembly meeting. One of the biggest challenges to re-writing the contract was shifting the responsibility of billing from the borough to the contractor.

(Trash Contract 2 "By them doing … at this point.")

Gifford said that that aspect of the contract is unusual and required extra time to draft.

The contract involves price adjustments for annual fluctuations in the amount of trash that customers toss.

The current version of the contract with Alaska Waste looks considerably different than the one that was first proposed months ago. Gifford says its undergone three revisions.

(Trash Contract 3 "The initial proposal … several transfer sites.")

In spite of long delays and major changes to the contract, Gifford says that Alaska Waste has never lost interest in doing business in Kodiak.

Unless there are further delays after tonight’s discussion, the contract will go to a vote at the next regular assembly meeting on May 6th.

Whether or not the contract will actually pass is anyone’s guess; including the borough manager’s.

(Trash Contract 4 "Nope, I don’t make predictions.")

Tonight’s assembly work session agenda also includes the discussion of a contract for a gravel lease in Bell’s Flats and a review of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s April meeting.

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