Assembly Action Paves Way for Several Projects

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The community of Ouzinkie could soon have high speed Internet access and cell phones. The Road’s End could soon have its liquor license. And the part of the high school could be heated by holes in the ground.

Those were just some of the things that could result thanks to action taken last night by the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly. KMXT’s Maggie Wall has more.

-((Boro Ass 2:50 SOC."))

The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly last night approved rezoning a parcel of land in Ouzinkie. That paves the way for the village and nearby areas to have access to Internet and cell phone service.

Dave Burns with Kodiak-Kenai Cable Company told the assembly his firm puts in the dish, someone else will provide the local services:

-((Kodiak-Kenai :22 "The service that we’re…on their business model."))

The assembly voted to voice non-protest to the granting of a new liquor license to the Road’s End restaurant. Borough clerk Nova Javier explained the license request:

-((Road’s End :29 "The Road’s End… to approve the application."

And that’s just what the assembly did with a vote of 7-0.

The assembly also voted unanimously to authorize the manager to apply for a grant to design and construct a ground source heat pump system for the high school. Test holes were drilled recently to see how well such a system would work in Kodiak.

The Alaska Energy Authority Renewable Energy Fund offers grants for projects that use renewable energy. This is the same grant program that Kodiak Electric Association is apply to for funding for its three new wind turbines.

In other business, the assembly approved rezoning two parcels at Middle Bay to Rural Residential 2 which is part of the process to make the Old Rendezvous site extend all the way out to the highway.

The assembly also rezoned the teacherage site in Akhiok to Public Use Lands.

The baler building will get a much needed door replacement following the assembly’s approval of the $95,000 project for two new doors.

The assembly also approved the purchase of new project management software to track various construction projects, including the high school renovation, and approved a contract for road maintenance and winter upkeep for Service Area 1.

I’m Maggie Wall.

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