the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and the Kodiak City Council held a joint
meeting. Included on the agenda was a presentation about local government
consolidation and the first report from Fisheries Adviser Denby Lloyd. KMXT's Jennifer Canfield has more.
plenty of chatter about consolidation efforts before the start of last night's meeting.
A group of locals led by Donna Hurley have been meeting for a few months now to
discuss the possibility of consolidating the city and borough governments to
save taxpayers some money. While a scheduled presentation was given by Hurley,
not one person spoke about the effort during the public comments period held at
the beginning of the meeting. Hurley advocated for the creation of a committee
that would study the pros and cons of consolidation and for the local
governments to take an active role in considering the matter.
Adviser Denby Lloyd gave an hour-long crash course on fisheries' policy to the
council and assembly. He also presented a draft letter addressed to Senator
Lisa Murkowski urging her to support increased federal funding for NOAA
Fisheries and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. Several programs
under NOAA Fisheries would suffer drastic cuts to funding as part of President
Barack Obama's proposed fiscal year 2013 budget. The letter would also be sent
to the governor and various state department heads on behalf of the borough and
from the Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association gave a presentation on lake
nutrient enrichment projects in Kodiak. He shared a chart that suggested
declines in the Karluk, Frazer and Spidiron lakes over the last ten years.
nearly three-hour meeting was discussion about the 2012 Kodiak Island Community
Reception to be held in Juneau.
Newly appointed council member Mark Anthony Vizcocho asked about the dress code
when traveling to Juneau
on business. City Mayor Pat Branson jokingly responded, "Tails and top hats!"