Tonight’s Kodiak Island Borough Assembly agenda includes a public hearing on an ordinance that limits what can be said when officially representing the assembly
The ordiance would restrict the mayor or assembly members from making official comments on an issue without first running the matter before the assembly.
The ordinance grows out of a letter sent by borough mayor Jerome Selby as testimony to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. Selby has said he has no problem with the new proposal but warns that it could hamper the assembly’s ability to respond to an issue on short notice.
Some assembly members supported the ordinance at the last regular meeting, others said that they approved it in first reading so that it would come to tonight’s meeting as a public hearing. Assembly member Sue Jeffrey was one who said she wanted to hear what local residents thought of the proposed ordinance.
Other items on tonight’s assembly agenda meeting include a resolution authorizing the borough to issue general obligation bonds not to exceed $8 million to provide initial funds for the high school renovation and addition project. Voters in 2009 approved obligating up to $76 million in bonds for the school and related projects.
In another resolution, the assembly will consider adopting the borough’s strategic plan for the years 2011 to 2015. Included in the plan is a goal to encourage the legislature to fund school construction projects to the maximum. It also adds a number of new items in the borough’s efforts to fulfill its mission and vision, and to outline its guiding principles.
An agenda and materials for tonight’s meeting are available on-line by going to KMXT dot org.
Tonight’s assembly meeting begins at 7:30 in the assembly chambers and will be broadcast live by KMXT.