Kodiak Jail May Be Delayed, Harborside Parking Regime Going To Hearing

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Jacob Resneck/KMXT

Kodiak’s new jail may not be ready until after the first of the year. Contractors are still awaiting delivery of toilet fixtures and specialized furniture which may push back the date in which inmates can be transferred to the new $23.7 million facility.

City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski (kenya-jawvski) says the city had planned to open the 22-bed jail next month.

— (city 1) :20 "We should be substantially … down a little bit."

The city council is also being asked to approve a $12,230 change order requested by the contractor currently putting the final touches on the jail. The council has already approved a dozen such change orders, the most recent being last month for about $88,000 last month. Kniaziowski says the money for the changes will come out of contingency funds already budgeted.

— (city 2) :41 "These are pretty routine … that sort of thing."

The city council will also be holding its first public hearing this evening at the new police station/jail complex. Regular meetings are still held at the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly chambers but the council now holds its work sessions in a conference room at the new police station.

The work sessions are naturally still open to the public and signs are being installed to guide people from the front doors of the police station to the inner conference room. Kniaziowski says the police station’s conference room is an improvement over the borough’s basement conference room where the city council had been meeting for its work sessions.

— (city 3) :36 "We have the ability … work sessions anyway."

But tonight’s work session will be followed by a special meeting with a public hearing. The city council is considering a new parking program in which 140 spaces at the two harbors would be changed from free 30-day spots to permit-only that would be sold to vessel owners registered with the city harbor.

Kniaziowski says the change is in response to the Port and Harbor Advisory Board’s request.

— (city 4) :48 "What happened was … parking areas are fishermen."

The permits would be sold for $30 for the first permit and $50 for the second permit and issued by the harbor office. The new regime would likely come into effect June 30th. Violators could be fined $10 per day.

The work session is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the new police station on Mill Bay Road. The public hearing is scheduled to follow. Because the special meeting is outside the borough assembly chambers, it cannot be broadcast live on KMXT.

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