Council and Assembly Meeting Tonight

Maggie Wall/KMXT

Both the Kodiak City Council and the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly meet tonight. The council for its regular meeting and the assembly for a brief special meeting tacked onto tonight’s work session.

At its meeting, the city council will recognize and honor local seafood processing workers as the backbone of the Kodiak economy. The council is expected to hold a ceremony to approve a proclamation naming today (Thurs) "Seafood Processing Worker Day." Included in the event will be the passing out of t-shirts which have been specially printed up to honor processing workers.

The borough assembly is meeting tonight as well. In what’s expected to be a brief special meeting, assembly members will take up an ordinance to create a new Kodiak Workforce Regional Advisory Council. The council would define regional priorities for workforce development and help to train and educate local workers to fill future needs. Borough Mayor Jerome Selby has said the plan is to coordinate efforts of the high school, college and local employers to create opportunities such as the wind generator certification program planned for the college.

The Kodiak City Council meets at 7:30 in the borough assembly chambers. While the assembly meets in the borough conference room downstairs for its special meeting and work session.

KMXT will broadcast the city council meeting live.

Also on tonight’s council agenda is a measure adopting the Fiscal Year 2012 state capital improvements list. That’s a list of items the city wants the legislature to fund, including ultra-violet water treatment equipment and a new public library design.

Other items on the council’s agenda include several change orders for construction projects around town and the awarding of several contracts for service to the city.

Before completing its work the city council is expected to appoint a new city council member to temporarily fill the seat left vacant when Paul Smith moved to Eagle River. Former council member Mary Monroe was the only person who applied for the position.

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