Middle Bay residents can finally rest easy –
the city’s proposed composting facility will not be built there. That
announcement came from Mayor Pat Branson during a city council work session
last (Monday) night.
keep the composting facility out of Middle
Bay came after more than
two hours of presentations and discussion among the council members to try and
find a solution to the biosolids issue in Kodiak.
2012, the city was notified by the Kodiak Island Borough that biosolids would
no longer be accepted at the landfill. But long before then, the city had been
looking at alternative methods of handling the waste, which comes from city,
borough and Coast Guard residents. One option on the table was to compost the
biosolids into a usable, and perhaps even marketable, material. The city
contracted with the engineering firm CH2M HILL to build a pilot composting site
and evaluate the feasibility of such a project in Kodiak. Other options, such
as incineration of the waste, were considered, but composting proved to be the
most realistic, sustainable and cost effective.
sought out Quayanna Development Corporation as a potential contractor for the
composting and began looking at Middle
Bay as an option, based
on industrial-zoned land availability. The proposed facility quickly drew
criticism from Middle
Bay residents, and
delayed permitting from the Department of Environmental Conservation made it
impossible for the city to begin composting by the landfill’s cut off date of
December 15, 2012. However, quick collaboration between the city and borough
led to a short term class B composting operation at the landfill, but that will
be required to stop by August 15.
night’s work session, City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski said the
council needed to decide on short and long term solutions for handling the
biosolid waste. Right off the bat, council members agreed that Middle Bay
should be taken off the table and a permanent Class A composting facility at
the landfill should be the long term option. Kniaziowski said that based on
preliminary discussions with the borough, that option is definitely a
2 :42 “We’ve had
preliminary ... a land lease agreement.”)
the delay in the rezone at the landfill, the work that needs to be done to the
area after that and the necessary permitting that will be required, Kniaziowski
said she’s fairly certain that a class A facility will not be up and running by
the August 15 deadline. If that is the case, she said the council will need to
find an interim solution.
quickly focused on two particular short term solutions: stockpiling the waste
or shipping it off island. Councilman Rich Walker said he thought the city
should look at stockpiling well before considering shipment.
-- (Composting 3 :17 “I
am totally against shipping … thrown out there.”)
Guard has offered a possible site for stockpiling, but also said that it could
only be done for six months. Another location option for stockpiling is at
Gibson Cove, below Dead Man’s Curve. Other council members weren’t OK with that
solution because it would mean placing and removing the waste, much of which
would be unfit for composting after it’s stored for a certain amount of time.
Councilman Gabriel Saravia said he didn’t care which method the council chose,
as long as it was the cheapest.
4 :26 “For me, in my opinion, I support… in my opinion.”)
In the end,
Councilman Terry Haines asked Kniaziowski to begin discussion with the borough
about a permanent composting facility at the landfill. Branson jumped in to ask
for more information on the two short term solutions so the council could
better decide between the two.
5 :33 “I would officially suggest … a lot of shaking
will make an official motion about that course of action during its next
meeting on February 28.