Public showers are a rare commodity in Kodiak. Harbor
Laundry was the only business downtown that offered public showers for
transients, and they closed last winter. Mary Donaldson has more.
Laundry, which provided laundromat and public shower services, used to be open
on Shelikof Street.
Since the business never turned a profit, owner Kathy Sargent decided to close
its doors in December. She says the combination of poor fishing, and rising
fuel costs over the past six years are what ultimately shut her business down.
Now, when fisherman and tourists arrive to the docks of Kodiak, there are no
convenient showers nearby to accommodate them. Harbormaster Marty Owen says the
talk of adding public showers to the Harbormaster office downtown have barely
begun, but he says the need for them downtown is essential.
(Owen 1 :26s “…and that’s just one of them.”)
city used to offer public showers in the past, but about 20 years ago decided
to shut down when the private business, Harbor Laundry, opened its doors. The
United Fishermen’s Marketing Association now utilizes the old shower space as a
storage area. Owen says the next step is to show the city council that public
showers downtown are needed.
(Owen 2 :18s “…to build something.”)
councilman Jack Maker says 200-thousand dollars for potential engineering and
design of a facility is in the budget, but that the amount seems high.
(Maker 1 :14s “…for 200-thousand dollars.”)
says that before the money is spent, the council will have to approve it, and
the issue will be up for discussion.
(Maker 2 :15s “…do their laundry.”)
there are no public showers downtown, Quality Cleaners, which is located next
to Spenard Builders Supply off of Mill
Bay Road, began offering public showers about a
month ago. Employee Kathy Meecham says they opened shower facilities to fill
the need for public showers in town.
(Meecham 1 :10s “…at
the same time.”)
says they currently have one public shower available, and plan on installing at
least one more in the future. From Saint
Quality Cleaners is 1.2 miles away, while the old laundromat and shower facility
was located just across the street. The public showers are available at Quality
Cleaners 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. City Manager Linda Fried says the
city council can choose to continue discussions on the public shower facilities
being built downtown, but only if it is decided to be a necessity, since shower
facilities are now open at Quality Cleaners.