Insurance and Timber Harvest in Chiniak on Borough Assembly Agenda

Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Insurance and the timber harvest area in Chiniak will both be topics at this week’s Kodiak Island Borough Assembly Regular meeting. The assembly walked through the regular meeting agenda at its work session last week.

Borough Manager Michael Powers spoke on a resolution that would authorize the borough’s continued enrollment in the Alaska Municipal League Joint Insurance Association Loss Control Incentive Program. As listed in the agenda packet, the association itself provides workers’ compensation,  liability,  and  property  coverage  for  the  Kodiak  Island Borough, and the program requires “monthly safety committee meetings, bi-annual facilities self-inspections, and employee safety training.”

Powers said the borough is under-insured in some areas and staff is going to start improving aspects of employee safety.

“Looking at this building for example, there’s some basic risk areas that we need to deal with in terms of employee and public safety, and the list goes on and on. But in terms of insurance for it, we’re okay, but we could be doing better, and we’re looking at how to make some of those things better.”

Powers also spoke about an item on the agenda regarding Chiniak timber harvesting.

“We need to slightly modify the harvest area because the survey work that’s been going on out there, the lines weren’t quite exactly right, and we need to make those changes.”

You’ll hear more about these issues and other items on the agenda at the regular meeting Thursday night. That’ll be 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Chambers. You can also tune in live here on KMXT.

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