Island Borough Assembly approved its yearly construction wish list at last
night’s meeting, and it should be on its way to the State of Alaska soon. The
Capital Improvement Projects priority list is the top dozen items the borough
would like the state’s help in paying for next year.
And it is
just a wish list. Even when flush with money the state never funds everything,
and sometimes the top items don’t make it through. That happened to the borough
with last year’s list when the number one priority, a request for money to
earthquake proof island schools, was vetoed by Governor Sarah Palin.
4-plus-million-dollars in earthquake upgrades are at the top of the list once
again this year, and Assemblywoman Pat Branson urged her colleagues to help get
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would very much … it’s pretty disappointing.”)
on the list is a request for another 3-million-dollars for a new Alaska
Department of Fish and Game headquarters on Near Island. The state has already
given nearly 5-million towards the projected 15-million-dollar building.
However, Assemblywoman Louise Stutes once again expressed concern that the
borough did not yet have a deal with fish and game to occupy the building:
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believe that Kodiak … we have anything in writing.”)
to go towards a new high school is third on the list.
improvements showed up in two places on the wish list, in positions nine and
12. Item nine asks for 2-million-dollars to pave road service areas, while item
12 asks for 10-million to resurface Rezanof Drive. Borough Manager Rick Gifford
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was interesting … and so that’s been added.”)
Capital Improvement Projects priority list was approved on a 6-to-0 vote. Also
on the list: A new nursing home, an emergency shelter in Women’s Bay, emergency
generators at schools, traffic improvements at East Elementary School, street
lighting from town to the base, an addition to the Bayside fire hall, and a new
track and field at Baranof Park. You can find the complete list on our web
site, KMXT dot ORG.