New Assembly Seated; Hoophouses Advance


Jennifer Canfield/KMXT

At last night’s Kodiak Island Borough Assembly meeting there was more discussion about an ordinance to regulate hoophouses. Hoophouses are temporary structures that gardeners use much like a greenhouse. The ordinance will be scheduled to be discussed at a December planning and zoning commission meeting and will be brought back to the assembly on January 5th.

Assemblywoman Chris Lynch emphasized that the hoophouse ordinance was never intended to be complicated.

Assemblywoman Carol Austerman voiced concerns that the ordinance would get lost or delayed in planning and zoning. She said that the ordinance needs to be expedited so that it is sure to be voted on in January and gardeners can be prepared come spring.

Outgoing assemblywoman Judy Fulp said she was pleased with all the work that has been put into getting the ordinance passed and that she looked forward to building her own hoophouse.

Municipal elections results were ratified and certified. Incumbent Dave Kaplan and former assembly members Tuck Bonney and Mel Stephens were sworn in.

Borough Mayor Jerome Selby gave a short speech to departing assembly members Judy Fulp and Sue Jeffery. Assembly members were invited to make comments as well. Assemblyman Dave Kaplan, who got more votes than Fulp and a seat on the assembly, showed his appreciation for both Fulp and Jeffery.

The motion to amend Borough Manager Rick Gifford’s contract passed with no opposition. The amendment increases the maximum amount of leave time he may accrue. Gifford received a positive evaluation earlier this month and is schedule to receive a pay raise.

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