City of Kodiak

St. Herman harbor tops Kodiak’s capital improvement projects’ list in city’s request for federal & state funding

Kodiak’s City Council adopted its fiscal year 2025 capital improvement projects priority list for the state and federal governments last week. The St. Herman harbor replacement is still the top priority, although some of the underlying details and numbers have been updated during recent council meetings. The final list includes five separate projects, which City Manager Mike Tvenge listed out …

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City of Kodiak signs lease agreement for land adjacent to new fire station, lease includes pizza for local firefighters

Updated Feb. 13, 2024 Kodiak’s City Council approved a land lease agreement on Mill Bay Road for the city of Kodiak’s new fire station. Specifically, .18 acres of land located at 1248 and 1250 Mill Bay Road that is owned by SondaCo LLC. The roughly two-year lease will cost the city $2,000 per month starting in April and extending through …

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Kodiak city plans to allocate more sales tax revenue to ports, harbors and road improvements

The Kodiak City Council wants to allocate more of its sales tax revenue to fund capital improvement projects, such as road repairs. Council members took up the issue at a regular meeting Thursday night, Feb. 8. KMXT’s Davis Hovey reports: According to city documents, the amount of money generated by local sales tax in Kodiak has increased over the last …

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City Council plans to replace city manager, seeks to change residency limits for prospective candidates

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Updated 02.08.2024 Kodiak City Manager Mike Tvenge is stepping down from his role at the end of April after the end of his current three-year contract. Tvenge has held the position since 2017. The City Council is currently weighing its options to fill Tvenge’s seat. During a work session Tuesday night, the council discussed amending the future city manager’s residency …

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Gate set up at St. Herman’s Harbor to curb overnight access and potential criminal activity

The Kodiak port and harbors department installed a gate at Saint Herman’s Harbor last week on Wednesday, Jan. 24, following a trend of theft and security issues at the city’s storage lot. City Manager Mike Tvenge said the gate will control overnight access to the lot where gravel and some boats are stored, across the channel from Oscar’s Spit at …

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City and Borough reach agreement for leasing office space after years without active agreement

Kodiak’s City Council has approved a three-year lease with the Kodiak Island Borough to use 6,922 square feet of their office space at 710 Mill Bay Road. The previous lease agreement between the borough and city expired in June of 2020 and the city has been using the office space as a “holdover tenant” ever since. The rental area has …

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Kodiak Police and Fire chiefs urge City Council to address housing issues, help solve staffing deficit

Kodiak’s first responders are struggling, with a dozen vacant positions between both the fire and police departments. Both the fire and police chiefs say a lack of affordable housing options in the city has exacerbated the shortage. Tim Putney is the Kodiak police chief and has been with the department for over 20 years. In a joint letter with the …

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Kodiak Economic Development Corp. elects local electric utility staff member to Board of Directors

The Kodiak Economic Development Corporation (KEDC) elected a new Board Member during its 2024 elections earlier this month. Jessica Johnson, who is the manager of power generation at Kodiak Electric Association, will serve an undetermined amount of time on the KEDC Board of Directors. According to the associate director, Melissa Schoenwether, the Board is currently revising their bylaws, which includes …

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City Council approves additional funds for Baranof Park and upgrades to waste water and water treatment plant system

Kodiak’s City Council unanimously approved all its resolutions at a regular meeting Thursday night, January 11th. Those included changes for the Baranof Park Improvements project, and an upgraded system connecting Kodiak’s wastewater and water treatment plants, among other business items. The city committed to paying $4,962,000.00 for the Baranof Park Recreation Center project back in 2022; and as of this …

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Kodiak Island’s legislators highlight education funding and state employee pensions during preview of legislative session

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State Senate President Gary Stevens and Rep. Louise Stutes say they are already preparing for the likely possibility they will need to override Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget vetoes this year. Kodiak Island’s two state legislators gave a preview of the upcoming 2024 legislative session to the city council Tuesday night (1/9).   Stevens says he has invited Gov. Dunleavy to …

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