week, members of Kodiak's two ruling governments hosted the annual Kodiak
legislative seafood reception in Juneau.
They also had a chance to meet with the governor and Kodiak's state delegation.
Erik Wander has more.
Borough Manager Rick Gifford said
meetings with Senator Gary Stevens and Representative Alan Austerman were
primarily focused on Kodiak's capital projects list, outlining the projects the
borough and city would like to have funded by the state. He said it doesn't
look like legislators are going to be able to muster much funding for capital
projects, given the current economic times.
-- (Gifford 1 50
have not ... that they can for the community.")
councilman Jack Maker, who also attended the meetings in Juneau, said the city's primary focus was on
funding for a new jail, for which 3-million dollars more is desired from the
-- (Maker 1 32 sec. "We emphasized the fact ... cost
and upkeep of that facility.")
Maker said that
although the outlook is not good for receiving much capital funding for many
projects, including the jail, he believes Kodiak's legislative delegation heard
the concerns expressed and will do all they can. He also said there may be some
funds available once the federal stimulus package is fully understood.
-- (Maker 2 32 sec. "I believe the concerns ... nobody
really understands it yet.")
said that he believes "shovel-ready" projects such as the heavy lift dock have
a good chance of receiving some funding. He also said he was impressed with
Austerman's position on fisheries privatization, which he opposes. The Kodiak
seafood reception was attended many other legislators, providing an opportunity
for the Kodiak delegation to put the island's concerns and interests before
I'm Erik Wander.