Assembly Regular Meeting All About Land

Kayla Desroches/KMXT

The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly’s regular meeting tomorrow night is all about land: selling it, buying it, and dealing with what’s on it – like trees.

Borough Manager Michael Powers says a couple of private property owners have approached the borough about their intentions to remove timber from their land, which adjoins borough property. The owners have been considering an agreement with A-1 timber to salvage the trees.

“Part of it was burned in the fire and they want to – because of the topography, the timber company would access their lands through borough lands and then remove the logs through borough lands as well as deal with the slash piles, and so they’ve made a request of us, and so that’ll be going before the assembly for consideration.”

Powers explains the creation of slash piles could pose a problem in the borough’s Twin Creeks Fire Salvage Timber Sale Contract with A-1.

“We have a provision that no slash piles are supposed to be within 500 feet of the homes there, and it really addresses the borough lands, but it’s kind of silent for lack of a better term on slash piles created by others, and so we’re trying to figure out what to do with those.”

The assembly will consider an exception to spare the property owners and the borough the cost of moving slash beyond 500 feet.

Also with regard to land, Powers outlines some of the suggested changes from the Borough Lands Committee on title 18, which governs land sales.

“And that’s to increase the dollar amount before a vote’s required, also a method to provide an incentive if someone buys and builds within 3 years and then a couple of minor tweaks on what constitutes an eligible purchaser.”

That’ll be up for public hearing at the meeting.

The assembly will also review a number of land sales, which Powers says usually come in batches.

That’ll be tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Chambers and live on KMXT.

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