Tuesday’s Kodiak City Council work session had been cancelled due to weather, so last night both the work session and the special meeting were held back-to-back.
Council members passed two ordinances. One amended the fine schedule for violations of an ordinance that prevents people from obstructing sidewalks. The other approved a new lease between the city and the Brother Francis shelter. The current lease was set to expire next summer. The shelter has plans to expand and in order to get funding they are required to have a 25-year lease and site control. The new lease agreement takes effect in January.
The council also passed several resolutions.
The city will accept a $384,000 grant from the state to fund a pathway from Pier II to Dead Man’s Curve. Since the land that will be used for the trail is owned by the state, the design and planning for the new trail will have to be done by the Department of Transportation. City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski says that accepting the grant is the first step toward getting the state to transfer authority of the land to the city.
The council will also accept a $31,000 grant that will pay for the city’s participation in the Alaska Shield program. The program trains emergency workers and other key players in how to respond to disasters or acts of terrorism. Kodiak Fire Chief Rome Kamai was credited for pursuing the grant.
The capital improvements program or CIP list for state funding was moved forward. The list calls for $2.5 million for the planning permitting and design costs for the replacement of Pier III, $5 million for phase 3 of the pedestrian improvements from Pier II to downtown and $1.75 million for phase 2 of the Baranof Park improvements.
The CIP list for federal funding also passed. Because the city didn’t receive federal funding for CIP projects last year, the projects on the list stayed the same. A request for $250,000 to fund the pre-design costs for the Pier III replacement was moved to the top of the list. Second is a request for $2 million to dredge the St. Paul harbor entrance channel to make it more accessible and last is a request for $200,000 to update the 9-1-1 system.
The council authorized a wave study to be completed for the Pier III replacement. Members were expected to vote on whether to authorize a contract that would hire a fisheries analyst. Former Department of Fish and Game commissioner Denby Lloyd is the only person being considered for the position that would be funded jointly between the Kodiak Island Borough and the city. The contract was not ready and so the council moved to postpone the vote until the next meeting.
Members welcomed Terry Haines and Randall Bishop to the council. Haines was appointed as a representative to the National League of Cities at last week’s Alaska Municipal League conference
The city council’s December 22nd regular meeting was cancelled. There is a meeting today to interview the two candidates for the city’s Juneau lobbyist position. It’s at 1 P.M. at the Fishery Industrial Technology Center.