Island Borough conference room was packed for Thursday night's assembly work
The topic that brought 25 people to the meeting was a
discussion of the proposed contract with Alaska Waste for curbside trash
pick-up in Kodiak.
public comment portion of the meeting, speaker after speaker expressed opinions
to the assembly members. The first to speak was Doctor Bob Johnson. He was also
the only citizen who spoke in favor of the proposed plan. He said that he was
on the assembly when a solid waste advisory plan was first written. Johnson
said that only some of that plan was implemented.
it did ...in the paper")
speaker brought along visual aides: Pat Holmes brought a box of bear skulls to
visually emphasize his concerns about the use of bear resistant trash
Alaska Department of Fish
and Game wildlife biologist Larry Van Daele said he wanted to set the record
straight about his views of the proposed plan. Van Daele read the letter that
he had written to the borough to clarify those views.
-- (KIB 2 "As
I've noted .... Modify the program")
Van Daele said that although he
opposes the curb side pickup, he is committed to working with the borough to
find solutions to the problem of trash and bears.
public comment portion of the work session ended, most of the members of the
Just a few stayed on to hear, what turned out to be the
assembly's long and detailed discussion about the contract with Jeff Riley of
public opinion and concern about some of the details of the proposal,
Assemblywoman Louise Stutes said she could not support the contract.
She said she feels
like the issue has been pushed on the assembly by members of the
-- (KIB 3 "I'm
going to ...wagging the dog")
Manager Rick Gifford reminded Stutes that the contract talks were a result of
the solid waste management plan that the assembly had approved.
-- (KIB 4 "Staff doesn't
set ... that we can.")
Assemblywoman Chris Lynch
spoke to fellow assembly members about the need to move forward with this phase of the solid-waste management plan.
-- (KIB 5 "We're
in year ... work that way.")
assembly members decided that instead of putting the contract to a vote next
week at the assembly's next regular meeting, a public hearing about the contract
will be added to the meeting's agenda.