board interviews, a review of finances, discussion about the Baranof Park
improvements and plans for the new library made for a full agenda at last
night's Kodiak City Council work session.
Director Mary Monk presented the city's balance sheets at the meeting. She says
that while revenues are steady, costs are rising. Monk says FY 2012 saw a 40
percent increase in health insurance costs alone and suspects they will continue
discussion of the Baranof
Park improvements came
up, council member Terry Haines brought up the city's budget concerns. He
suggested cutting project costs by fixing the field's drainage problem and
planting grass, instead of installing the artificial surface.
-- (CC 1 Dec 7 :39 "I
think we can run our ...and it's costing us that much more money.")
Manager Aimee Kniaziowski suggested taking the $500,000 needed to help fund the
improvements from the city's enhancement fund. She said another option would be
to put a bond on the ballot and have residents vote on it, though she didn't
think that would help.
-- (CC 2 Dec
7 :12 "I know that would be ... I wouldn't recommend
were expressed that the enhancement fund has been decreasing. Kniaziowski
assured the council that the fund was there for these kinds of expenses.
-- (CC 3 Dec
7 :13 "I can recommend ... used for capital projects.")
Public Library Association's Leslie Leyland Fields and Dan Ogg gave an overview
of their current efforts. Included in the council's agenda packets were the
proposed designs for the new library which included two floor plans, two roof
types and three site plan parking layouts. KPLA says they are on track to
complete the design by July 2012. So far they've raised $9.1 million toward the
cost of the new library. KPLA is considering asking the council for $2 million
toward the remaining $3.4 million that they need.
council's next regular meeting is this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the borough