Short Honored – Again – by Finance Officer Organization

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For the 19th straight year, Kodiak Island Borough Finance Director Karlton Short has been honored for his work by the Government Finance Officer Association of the United States and Canada. Borough Manager Rick Gifford told the assembly that the award recognizes the highest excellence in the field.

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(Boro 1 16 sec "The award represents … for effective budget presentation.")

Gifford said the Fiscal Year 2010 budget needed to meet multiple goals in qualifying for the award. He added that other department heads, and even the assembly itself deserve some of the credit for the award:

(Boro 2 32 sec "I’d like to ask Karl … Another 19, why not?")

Assemblyman Jerrol Friend offered his congratulations, and encouraged Short to keep up the good work:

(Boro 3 16 sec "Congratulations to Karl … to go there, buddy. (laughter) ")

In other assembly business, a change order to a contract with engineering firm CH2M-Hill for design work on the expansion of the borough landfill was passed. Gifford explains:

(Boro 4 20 sec "The Kodiak Island Borough … will be managed the same.")

Leachate is the liquid that drains or ‘leaches’ from a landfill; it varies widely in composition regarding the age of the landfill and the type of waste that it contains. The current landfill is not lined, but the lateral expansion will be, as required by law, and will likely result in more leachate being captured. Gifford said the contract with CH2M-Hill will guide the borough in dealing with the resulting contaminated liquids.

(Boro 5 16 sec "Initially, the leachate will … the assembly might have.")

The assembly members did not have any questions, and passed the $382,000 change order unanimously.

The assembly will meet in a work session Thursday this week, and hold another regular meeting next week.

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