Despite one voice of opposition during public comments, the Kodiak Borough Assembly voted unanimously to approve almost $160,000 in funding grants to nonprofit organizations around the island. These included the Brother Francis Shelter, at $36,000 and Senior Citizens of Kodiak at $21,000.
KMXT was also one of the recipients — the station was granted $3,700.
The Salvation Army also received $20,000 in funding. Major Dave Davis, representing the Kodiak charity, said he requested $8,000 over the annual $12,000 they normally ask for to cover a food bank. The Kodiak Baptist Mission recently announced it would be discontinuing its food bank and the Salvation Army is looking into taking over that service. Davis also requested a letter of support from the borough to get approval from the Salvation Army Corps to open its food bank.
Assemblymembers Scott Smiley and Scott Arndt both expressed wishes to provide more funding to the organizations receiving smaller grants of less than $5,000, including Kodiak Red Cross, the Humane Society, and the Kodiak Area Native Association’s Women, Infants and Children Program. Arndt said he would vote yes on Thursday night’s resolution while continuing to “look for some additional money to bring the small ones.”