Fisheries Research Facility’s Future on Agenda at Joint KIB Assembly and Kodiak City Council Meeting

Kayla Desroches/KMXT    

The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and Kodiak City Council will hold a joint work session tonight to discuss the future of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center. While the documents in the agenda packet all express the community’s desire to keep the Center open, including a resolution “urging the University of Alaska to reconsider the decision,” President Johnsen told KMXT the university is not considering closing the facility.

Instead, he said one of the options is to transfer ownership of the building to  Kodiak College, which is part of the University of Alaska Anchorage. He put together a task-force of academic community members to address the Center’s future, and committee leader, Dan White, echoed Johnsen’s sentiments. He said it’s premature to discuss closure.  

Following the joint session at 6:30 pm in the Kodiak Public library multipurpose room, the borough assembly will cross the street for its regular meeting in the Borough Assembly Chambers. Along with the transfer of liquor licenses, a change in meeting times is on the agenda. The ordinance would shift the start time of meetings from 7:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and the end time from 11:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. It would also change the agenda order by moving citizens’ comments to before awards and presentations, which would allow community members to first speak to the assembly and then to decide whether to sit through the presentations.

Another ordinance on the agenda, this time under unfinished business, is an update to borough code regarding recreational vehicles. The proposed changes would include relaxing the definition of what applies as an RV and an RV park, extending how long an RV can be used as a residence, and allowing RV parks to establish camping areas.

If you’d like to attend the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly’s regular meeting, it will begin at 7:30 p.m.

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