Island Borough Assembly and the Kodiak City Council updated each other on their
projects - joint and otherwise - at a combined work session last night.
Park improvements, joint
fishery committees and the fish and game headquarters project were all on the
Manager Linda Freed said the proposed composting of sewer solids, otherwise
known as sludge, could require massive amounts of green wood to be successful,
and if it is, the city might wind up with more compost than can be utilized.
Freed speculated that even if every home in Kodiak had a lawn and a garden,
there might still be compost left over. KMXT reported on the project Monday. If
you missed it, check our archives, below.
skyrocketing, large-scale improvements to Baranof Park
might be endangered. The project had grown to include artificial turn on the
football and baseball fields, new bleachers and an eight-lane rubberized track,
with the cost swelling to nearly 7-million-dollars. Freed said the city's
parks and recreation director, Ian Fulp, is suggesting a return to the genesis of the
project: a new running track around the football field. Both the city and borough
have put Baranof Park improvements on their state project
reported that both the Kodiak Fisheries Development Association and the Kodiak
Fisheries Advisory Committee have vacancies and it's difficult getting folks
wanting to serve on them. She encouraged the council and assembly members to
urge interested parties to contact her.
Manager Rick Gifford gave an update on the project to build a new Alaska
Department of Fish and Game headquarters on Near Island. The borough has been
pursuing funding and has secured several million from the State of Alaska. Gifford said
preliminary work has already been contracted out. Borough Mayor Jerome Selby
said the ideal building site is not far from the current fisheries buildings,
where utilities already exist, but not on the hillside overlooking Trident Basin. The 14-million-dollar cost of the
building requires the city to donate the land. Councilmembers Gabriel Saravia
and Jack Maker expressed approval of the idea, saying it was important for
Kodiak's future to keep fish and game jobs here.
also gave an update on the city and borough's environmental footprint, which
she was hired to measure. Tune in to KMXT tomorrow for that story.