A series of Kodiak Island Borough
lawsuits finally came to and end on July 8th, when a claim made by assembly
members Louise Stutes, Reed Oswalt and Tom Abell was settled for a payment of
16 thousand, 700 dollars, which was only a portion of the 215 thousand the
plaintiffs had requested. Everyone involved now agrees that its time to move
Abell says the whole settlement took months longer than it should have.
(Assembly 1 :19s “…drew this out.”)
He says the whole ordeal has been really frustrating, especially since
the legal fees could have been paid months ago, and for much less than what was
settled for this month.
(Assembly 2 :34s “…we can move forward now.”)
Assemblywoman Chris Lynch, who consistently opposed paying legal fees
for her colleagues, says she is happy to move forward with borough business.
(Assembly 3 :23s “…moving ahead now.”)
Abell, Stutes and Oswalt sued
borough Mayor Jerome Selby and three of their colleagues after their request to
pay legal fees from an earlier lawsuit was denied. The earlier suit was filed
by former assemblyman Mel Stephens over violations of attendance rules by
assembly members Pat Branson and Sue Jeffrey, which led to Jeffrey being
temporarily removed from the assembly and changes being made to the borough
code regarding attendance rules. Selby is currently out of town and unavailable