Island Borough Assembly will take up what could be the last element in the year
long Mel Stephens attendance law suit at tonight’s regular meeting. The assembly will also approve its state project wishlist and consider funding the bed and breakfast association.
paving the way for assembly members to hire their own attorneys if sued is
scheduled for a final vote tonight. But if it is postponed, it won’t be the
first time. The ordinance has been ready for an up or down vote since June 19th,
when it had a public hearing, but was postponed then, and again on August 7th
and September 4th.
ordinance would allow assembly members to get their own lawyers if they don’t
agree with the position of the borough’s attorney. That happened when former
assemblyman Mel Stephens sued the borough last year, and three assembly members
hired an Anchorage lawyer. It took them months to arrange payment for him.
sticking point some assembly members have with the ordinance before them is
that it would require preauthorization of payments by the assembly as a whole.
be only one public hearing at tonight’s meeting. That will be on the Kodiak
Area Coordinated Transportation Plan, which is needed to secure continued state
and federal funding for KATS (cats), the local bus system. The assembly will
then vote on whether to support the plan, which was prepared by Assemblywoman
assembly will also vote on distributing some of its bed tax revenue to the
Kodiak Island Bed and Breakfast Association. The borough has almost 16-thousand
dollars available in its tourism development fund, but the assembly will have
to determine how much, if any, to give to the bed and breakfast association.
The organization is fairly new, and this is the first time the borough has
considered giving it money for promotion of bed and breakfasts in the borough.
assembly will vote on its state capital improvements wish list tonight. The top
two items are identical to last year’s: Seismic upgrades to borough schools and
money for a new fish and game headquarters on Near Island. The legislature
approved four million dollars for seismic upgrades earlier this year, but the
entire amount was vetoed by Governor Sarah Palin. New to the list is a
23-million-dollar request to offset a portion of the 115-million-dollar costs
for a new high school.
assembly meeting starts at 7:30 tonight, and will be broadcast live here on