City Council Talks Brechan Pit Safety and Future Discussion of Marijuana Use



City Council members view powerpoint of Brechan pit with City Engineer, Glenn Melvin (Center). Kayla Desroches/KMXT
Kayla Desroches/KMXT

The Kodiak City Council discussed gravel pits and marijuana at its work session last night, among other matters to be addressed at Thursday’s regular meeting.

The quarry that Brechan Enterprises created on Near Island at St. Herman Harbor could be a safety hazard for anyone walking on the hiking trails above the pit. But, according to City Engineer Glenn Melvin, there’s a solution to protect hikers: a fence.

“Brechan is proposing to go ahead and place the fence all along the back of their area," said Melvin. "And we need to provide a buffer behind the fence to where when the trees do blow, and some of them may blow, they don’t blow down on the fence.”

The council also brought up future discussions they might have about marijuana use in Kodiak now that it is legal in Alaska. City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski addressed a question as to when that might be from Councilman Charlie Davidson.

“My approach at this point, Charlie," said Kniaziowski. "Is just to see what other communities have done, see are we in alignment with that or do we need more information or do you want more time for community input and so forth.”

The council will dedicate a work session to discussion of marijuana in the city at some point, but have not yet decided on a date.

The council will gather in a special meeting Thursday night at 7:30.  

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