Over the course of many years, the
Kodiak Fairgrounds and Raceway area has accumulated a substantial amount of
scrap steel, junk vehicles and junk equipment. The Kodiak Rodeo and State Fairgrounds
and the Kodiak Racing Association are now seeking the borough's support in
cleaning it up.
Speaking at Thursday's Kodiak Island
Borough Assembly work session, Kodiak Rodeo and State Fair president Dave
Killeen, presented assembly members with a proposal seeking borough funding to
cover land fill and scrap yard fees. Killeen
said the tons of debris have built up over a period of nearly 30 years. He also
said KRFS and KRA board members plan to commit volunteers to the actual cleanup
and removal efforts.
-- (Killeen 1 33
sec. "Over the course of 30
years ... and the cleanup basically.")
Chris Lynch commended Killeen
for his survey of all the scrap equipment on the grounds, and said the borough
should consider the proposal, especially since the request is for funding
merely for land fill and scrap yard fees. Lynch also pointed out that Killeen has a plan for
dealing with the issue in the future.
-- (Lynch 1 20 sec. "I think it's great that ... a story or two to each piece.")
Killeen said nobody knows
how some of the older items got there in the first place, and others were
needed for various events, but their useful life is at an end. He said
the two boards intend to modify use rules at the facilities, thereby limiting
future accumulation of scrap material and equipment.
-- (Killeen 2 38
sec. "We have basically four
users ... of dollars to get rid of it.")
Killeen's survey of items for disposal are some 10,000 pounds of equipment and
materials from the Kodiak Fairgrounds, including a tanker trailer, dump truck
box and miscellaneous scrap steel and an estimated 47,500 pounds from the
Kodiak Raceway, including several abandoned cars and trucks. Borough assembly
members were open to the proposal, but questioned how much it would cost them,
didn't provide in his proposal.