chamber-full of Kodiak residents used their first amendment right of free speech
to make themselves heard by the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly last (Thursday) night. The
topic of such great interest to the community was the proposed curbside trash
pick up contract with Alaska Waste.
hearing started with over 40 comments made by members of the public and ended
with the assembly members voting 6-1 to postpone a vote on the contract until
the next regular meeting. In the meantime, discussion about the contract will
continue as the assembly and the borough staff work to hammer out adjustments
following is just a small sample of some of the public comments and assembly discussion
heard at last night's three-and-a-half-hour long meeting:
One of the
comments that seemed to resonate with many people at the meeting was made by
the first speaker, Rob Baer.
Of the 42
people who testified, Assemblywoman Louise Stutes calculated that three were
not advocating either for or against curbside pick up, 38 were against it, and
only one person was in favor of it.
The solid waste collection contract
will come up for a vote again at the next regular assembly meeting on March 4th.