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Nov 13 2015
Borough's Options re: Jackson's May be Limited
Friday, 13 November 2015
Kayla Desroches/KMXT
Jackson Mobile Home Park residents have been asking the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly for help since learning about the park’s upcoming closure, but it's becoming clear that the assembly’s options are limited at this late date. That’s according to Bill Roberts, who filled in for the borough manager at the assembly’s work session Thursday night.

Roberts said he checked in with the new owner of Jackson Mobile Home Park for an update on the disposition of some of the structures there.

“He said he had destroyed one unit as of Tuesday, this was. I checked with the building department. Only one permit was issued to move a mobile home from Jackson’s to an existing space in Rasmussen’s,” Roberts said. “The other thing that Kirk Rasmussen immediately got on it to get a conditional use permit to expand his park 29 spaces, but I don’t see anything happening up there.”

Roberts also explained that the borough’s lawyer has looked over several ordinances that are too late to be enacted. For instance, a statute that mandates mobile home park owners need to give more than 270 days eviction notice in the case of a land use change and one allowing a municipality to create a fund to cushion the blow for the evicted residents. 

Roberts furthermore described applications for several multi-year grants which require too much preparation to submit in time before the deadline. 

“One was a block grant through DCRA. Unfortunately that grant closes December 4. It’s a competitive grant. It’s for low and moderate income families,” he said. “And it could’ve been possible maybe to make it work for establishing a mobile home park, but you’d have to have the land already designated for the mobile home park, which means we’d have to do some kind of a land disposal.” 

Roberts said it’s unlikely they could construct a plan that would meet those requirements in time, and, he added, it’s also likely too late to seek federal help.

“It’s a short notice for even a local government to do things, as many meetings as it takes to get the line of action laid out. The biggest problem is, if we’re gonna help, we have to have a place to move the homes, and there is no place to move the homes,” he said. “That’s what I see as the biggest problem.”

During assembly member comments, Rebecca Skinner expressed her concern that the borough is able to complete a grant for fisheries issues, but not for matters like a mobile home park closure.

“I also agree with some of Mel’s (Assemblyman Stephens) comments that I don’t think it is the borough’s responsibility to fix these issues and honestly, I didn’t think we have the resources to fix it,” she said. “But if there’s grants that only municipalities can apply for and we had notice of it well over two months ago, I am concerned that we, or staff, didn’t bring this to our attention earlier and it makes me wonder, could something have been done?”

Roberts said he would get further updates and gather more data from the new owners of the Jackson Mobile Home Park property.
Nov 12 2015
City Council Talks Priority List for Capital Improvements Program
Thursday, 12 November 2015
Kayla Desroches/KMXT

The Kodiak City Council is working out which city-wide projects are the most important for the fiscal year 2017. At its work session Tuesday night, it discussed its capital improvements program priority list, which it will send along with funding requests to the legislature and Governor Bill Walker.

As of Tuesday, the top five priorities in order of importance were: the Mill Bay Road rehabilitation project, Shelikof Street bulkhead parking, Shelikof street pedestrian improvements from Pier II to downtown Kodiak, the state municipal matching grant and harbor facilities grant programs, and state revenue sharing.

According to the meeting packet, the money the city is requesting for the Shelikof street pedestrian improvements from Pier II to downtown would go towards a visitor center at the pier. Councilman John Whiddon took issue with the price tag of $1,100,000.

“I have a real hard time advocating for number three given the nature of the project and just the expense, so if there’s an opportunity here for something in the smaller range to replace that, in the quarter million dollar range, I think we’re being fiscally responsible and really reflecting the times, and take number 3 and go back over between now and next year, take time to review that and maybe re-scope that to a more valuable level.”

City manager Aimée Kniaziowski said there are smaller projects that could use the financial help.

“One of the small projects I thought about that’s not on here - we were not successful before ... asking for funding … to help us purchase a new ambulance. We looked and looked for one. And we cover the entire road system all the way out to the missile launch facility at no cost to the borough. Those are very expensive.”

She said she would speak with city staff about other possible projects.

The council also discussed a loitering ordinance, which Kniaziowski said covers a request from the Downtown Revitalization Committee and others concerned about some of downtown Kodiak’s disruptive transient population. As discussed in past meetings, some community members who work in the area have complained of harassment. Kniaziowski explained the ordinance would seek to remedy the problem.

“It would prohibit assault, obstruction of sidewalks and buildings, panhandling, sitting or lying on a sidewalk between certain hours of the day. It also adds a fine schedule so that these individuals that were cited, they would be paying a fine.”

Kodiak Police Department Chief of Police, Ronda Wallace, said having the ordinance in the city code with language specifying which behaviors are prohibited would support KPD efforts downtown.

“This gives us the ability that we go down and we find these actions that have happened, we see them, we can cite the individuals. So, you have your first and your second and your third offenses, and then what I imagine can happen from there is that, if these aren’t acted upon, then there could be a summons that could come out, or there could be an arrest warrant that comes out.”

The Kodiak City Council also discussed limitations on mobile home park operators’ right to terminate, which Councilman Gabriel Saravia and another council member brought to the table for consideration. The document is under the landlord-tenant act in state code.

Kniaziowski paraphrased that the code says the municipal government can force the owner to give additional time before tenants are evicted. They also may establish a mobile home relocation fund and require that the affected tenant be given a longer notice period or compensated from the fund for the cost of relocating.

“The Jackson Mobile Home Park is outside the city limit as we all know, but this did come up as I understand it, that there was a tenant that was concerned that, okay, if we locate to a place in the city - if they close down, then what happens? So, that was requested to be brought forward.”

Council members seemed split over whether to pursue enacting the code now or to wait for when the need arises, and the council decided it would get legal advice.

The city council also reviewed the letter the Kodiak Fisheries Work Group would like to send to the University of Alaska president to request that the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center stay open despite budget cuts. The city council approved the draft without discussion.

The Kodiak City Council’s regular meeting is scheduled for tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the assembly chambers.
Nov 12 2015
Alaska Fisheries Report 12 November
Thursday, 12 November 2015

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Coming up this week – fishery managers are wondering where the Kodiak and Chignik Tanner crab have gone to, the hatchery that burned near Petersburg is back up and running, and selling salmon in the desert. We had help from KRBD's Leila Kiehry in Ketchikan, and both KFSK's Joe Viechnicki and Angela Denning in Petersburg. 

Nov 10 2015
KMXT Sues Kodiak City for Documents in Police Brutality Case
Tuesday, 10 November 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Kodiak Public Broadcasting Corporation, licensee of public radio station KMXT, has filed suit against the City of Kodiak, seeking the release of public documents related to the detention, handcuffing, pepper-spraying and assault of Nick Pletnikoff, an autistic man, by three Kodiak Police officers in mid September.
The suit is the result of the city denying the station's Freedom of Information Act request citing its own investigation and privacy issues over releasing the names of the officers involved.
Other law enforcement agencies, such as the Alaska State Troopers, release names of officers in 72 hours, even after fatal officer-involved shootings. The station is also asking the court to order the release of all audio and video tape recordings made by the officers, either from their wearable or vehicle dash cameras or voice recorders, as well as all other pertinent documents.
KMXT contends that the release of such information would contribute significantly to the public's understanding of the incident, which occurred September 16th when the 28-year-old Pletnikoff was detained by the three officers just yards from his home while checking his mailbox. No reason for the officers' actions, which left Pletnikoff bloodied and bruised, has ever been officially given, though Pletnikoff's mother Judy Pletnikoff said she was told by an officer at the time that it was because her son wouldn't answer their questions. 
The incident that day is listed in the official police blotter only as “suspicious circumstances.” Nick Pletnikoff was not arrested or charged with any crime.
The case was filed in Kodiak Superior Court. 
Nov 10 2015
TOTR: Marine Workforce Development and Kodiak College & Career Fair
Tuesday, 10 November 2015
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Host Kayla Desroches talks with LA Holmes and Terry Haines about a new class as part of the Marine Workforce Development department at Kodiak College. Then, she speaks with representatives from KANA about the upcoming Kodiak College & Career Fair.
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