The Kodiak Island Borough needs to expand the landfill, a very expensive proposition, for which the borough hopes to get funding help from the state. The deadline for filing for a Department of Environmental Conservation grant is Friday, August 26.
In order to meet the fast approaching deadline, the borough assembly will hold a brief special meeting prior to tonight’s regular work session.
The sole item on the special meeting agenda is a resolution which designates getting the grant for the landfill expansion as the borough’s number one local state funding priority for Fiscal Year 2012.
The landfill is expected to reach capacity in 2014. Any expansions must meet strenuous environmental standards which makes enlarging the landfill especially costly. The DEC grant would offset much of the costs, though the borough would still be left to come up with the remaining funds. The two phases of the project are expected to exceed $13 million.
Borough Planning Director Bud Cassidy was acting manager when the assembly approved work on a portion of Phase I at its July 7 meeting:
-((Boro Spec Meeting 1 :23 "Our current footprint…operating landfills."))
Phase I is estimated at $3.6 million. The assembly last month authorized spending a portion of that amount when it approved a $2.5 million contract with Anderson Construction for clearing and preparing the area for the landfill expansion.
The borough estimates construction of Phase I will require that the borough increase revenues 13 percent to pay the costs.
Phase II of the project is expected to cost an additional $10 million. Bud Cassidy.
-((Boro Spec Meeting 2 :13 "Phase II will…operating land fills."))
The borough hopes the DEC grant being considered tonight will offset a large portion of the total expansion project.
Tonight’s special borough assembly meeting begins at 7:30 in the borough conference room and will be immediately followed by the work session. Because it is in the conference room instead of the assembly chambers, KMXT will not be broadcasting tonight’s meeting.