months of delay and debate, the Kodiak City Council last night voted to give
the borough enough land on Near Island to build a new headquarters for the
Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The resolution, which was first postponed
in March, and then again in May, transfers the land to the Kodiak Island
Borough, which would build the structure and lease it to the state.
been talk throughout the process to somehow charge for the land.
was talk on the council of a land swap, where the city would receive ownership
of its watershed, behind Pillar Mountain. Then there was talk of charging the
borough fair market value for the land, but neither of those amendments made it
into the final resolution.
Tom Walters was the strongest proponent of the city being compensated for the
land. He told the borough's Community Development Director Bud Cassidy that the
city was hoping to take the money from the sale and put it toward the new jail:
-- (Land 1 55 sec "The
point is that we ... finish this jail off.")
at the meeting representing the assembly, which was holding a work session
downstairs. He acknowledged the city's many transfers to the borough, and reminded
the council members of the give and take between the two governments:
-- (Land 2 32 sec "The
borough had been equally ... no cost to the city.")
Davidson, who only returned to the city council recently, argued for a straight
across transfer to the borough.
-- (Land 3 41 sec "Well,
first of all I see this ...expensive jail we're building.")
Walters wound up voting WITH the majority on the no-strings-attached transfer
of land to the borough. The resolution passed on 5-to-1, with Councilwoman
Josie Rosales casting the lone dissenting vote.
The land in
question is on Near Island, and will be the site of a new Kodiak headquarters
for Fish and Game. It will be sited near the two fisheries-related structures