Members of the Kodiak Island Borough
Assembly were taken by surprise at Thursday evening's regular meeting, when the
president of Brechan Enterprises stepped to the microphone during the citizen's
comments portion of the meeting to express his concerns over a long-term lease
with the borough to provide gravel extraction services.
Michael Martin said he was upset and
frustrated not to have a contract in place beyond June 30th, when the current
contract expires, as the company moves into a busy construction season.
made an emotional appeal to the assembly, calling it one of few opportunities
to speak with the assembly all at once.
-- (Lease 1 36 sec. "Brechan Enerprises, when it ... sitting
here without a lease.")
said the lack of a long-term lease forces him to compete with much larger,
non-local companies with infinitely greater resources.
-- (Lease 2 38 sec. "I'm in the middle of ... don't even have a short-term lease.")
Pat Branson said she was taken by surprise, understanding that the process had
already been set in motion to approve the long-term lease. She said the
assembly hadn't been updated on the matter, which was first discussed last
year. Borough manager Rick Gifford provided an update.
-- (Lease 3 40 sec. "We've been working really ...
difficult, time consuming.")
said he hoped to have the details of the lease worked out within the next week
or two. Assemblywoman Louise Stutes stressed the importance of making
that happen, given the time constraints.
-- (Lease 4 11 sec. "I would think that ... on behalf of the borough.")
concern about the timeframe for finalizing, discussing and approving a lease
before the June 30th expiration date.
-- (Lease 5 11 sec. "Well, I appreciate the ... concerned about the timeframe.")
Kaplan proposed an extension of the current lease while details of a long-term
solution are being hammered out, something Gifford said was possible, but
Martin said was not preferable. Stutes and Assemblyman Jerrol Friend proposed
holding a special meeting to resolve the matter.