of work by scores of volunteers, professionals, committee members and innocent
bystanders, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly last night included the Kodiak
Road System Trails Master Plan into the borough's Comprehensive Plan.
plan identifies existing and potential trails and corridors that lead to
recreational lands, and seeks to protect that access and expand it where
possible. The Parks and Recreation Committee worked on the plan over the years.
Mike Sirofchuck had been on the committee for much of the last decade, and
asked the assembly to approve the plan.
Chris Lynch also voiced her support for the plan and her appreciation for those
who worked on it.
Though he voted for it and the
plan passed unanimously, Assemblyman Mel Stephens had some words of caution. He said he likely would not support demanding trail right-of-ways through new subdivisions.
Also at last
night's meeting, the assembly voted 5-to-1 to donate $1,000 to the Alaska
Sea Party, which is trying to get the Alaska Coastal Management Program
reinstated. Assemblyman Stephens was the lone dissenting vote.
The group will lobby the State Legislature, which convened on
Tuesday. Failing that, they will seek to put an initiative on the ballot this
fall, which if passed, would compel the state government to reinstate the
program. Borough Mayor Jerome Selby was one of the prime sponsors behind the
Alaska Sea Party.
assembly also voted unanimously to add hoop-houses to the borough's building
code. A hoop-house is a form of light-weight greenhouse structure which would
extend the growing season for the plants and vegetables planted within. That
ordinance passed unanimously.