The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly was at a deadlock last night (Thursday) over expanding Alaska Waste’s curbside garbage service into neighborhoods around Spruce Cape, Island Lake and Woodland Acres. The expansion plan has been hugely controversial, with a packed chamber full of people turning out to testify. KMXT’s Jacob Resneck reports.
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During the more than hour long public hearing, testimony to the roll cart expansion was overwhelmingly opposed.
Further dissent came from Alaska Department Fish and Game biologist Larry Van Daele. He said an ad-hoc committee of public safety workers including city police, state troopers, Coast Guard officials and borough and city workers have concerns about rollcarts being an attractive nuisance for bears.
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Support for curbside trash cans came from Bob Johnson, a retired physician and B&B owner who argues that Dumpsters aren’t kept tidy and have their own suite of problems.
Assembly members appeared divided over the issue. Chris Lynch defended the process saying the expansion plan is the fruit of extensive studies and community involvement.
But the plan had its detractors on the Assembly. Dave Kaplan says he was concerned about bears and other logistics.
By the end of the hearing it was punt it or play it. The Assembly deadlocked twice over a motion to postpone and finally relented to put the issue off for a future meeting.
The issue is certainly to come back around again.
I’m Jacob Resneck