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Planning and Zoning Public Hearing

The Borough Planning and Zoning Commission public hearings on the draft revisions to the land use and zoning regulations will continue on February 4th. The sections of Borough Code in the proposed changes are Title 16 Subdivisions; Title 18 Borough Lands; and Title 17 Zoning.


The meeting on February 4th begins at 6:30pm in the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium. The meeting will be broadcast on KMXT 100.1FM and the public may call in during public comment periods to KMXT at 486-3181. More information, including a side-by-side comparison of the current code and the proposed revisions, and copies of the updated code are available at the Borough Community Development office or online at www.kodiakak.us. If you have any questions about how these regulations may affect your property, please contact staff at 486-9630 or 486-9361.  

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galley_tables_logo_transparent.jpg Did you miss Galley Tables last month? You can always find the stories at www.galleytables.com, or by clicking the Galley Tables button on the lower right side of our page. February's Galley Tables will be held in the Gerald C Wilson Auditorium Drama Pod on Friday, February 6th at 7:00pm. It will also air later in February on KODK 90.7 FM.
Sep 29 2014
'STORIS' Act Would Fund Maritime Heritage Preservation
Monday, 29 September 2014

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    After the retired U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Storis was sold for scrap last year and dismantled for scrap in Mexico, Alaska Senator Mark Begich introduced a bill in congress to ensure that American vessels are recycled in America. But the act goes further than that – it requires a portion of the proceeds from the sale of federally-owned ships to be distributed to maritime museums and other such organizations – something that is already required, but is not adhered to by the operators of the nation’s mothballed fleet.
    Denise Krepp is a lobbyist in Washington D.C. who works on behalf of American ship recyclers. The STORIS Act would help her clients, but it would also benefit the thousand or more maritime heritage organizations in the United States.
    “The money that ship recyclers give to the government, and to date, that’s about $70-million, will go to the maritime heritage organizations. Under law, a quarter of that money is supposed to be going to museums and light houses and others that promote maritime history. And unfortunately they haven’t seen any money since 1998.”
    She said maritime heritage organizations run the gamut from small museums up to the organization that cares for the U.S.S. Constitution, better known as Old Ironsides.
    “I’m talking about incredible museums. There’S one that’s up in seattle that’s involved with the gold rush. And not only did it work with the gold rush a hundred years ago, but it was the last vessel out of Wake Island, right after Pearl Harbor was attacked. So there’s some pretty fhistoric vesse3ls around the country. In Virginia the mariner’s museum has the Monitor, like the Monitor versus the Merimak. That’s our history.”
    Krepp said the money that’s not getting to maritime heritage organizations could be put to good use:
    “When you think about these maritime heritage organizations, everything from museums to the lighthouses to the tall ships, to other organizations that are affiliated with maritime heritage, it’s an immense group. And you know, not all of them are going to receive the full funding, but they should be given the opportunity to apply for the grant money. And then this grant money should be used, and will be used, to education people about our maritime history.”
    The act is called “The Storis” Act for the Coast Guard Cutter Storis, which spent 50 years patrolling Alaska waters after serving in World War II, but the name is an acronym for ‘‘Ships to be Recycled in the States” Act.
    The act also requires a report to Congress each year of what happened to vessels not worth preserving.

Sep 29 2014
Air Station Jayhawk Rescues Two
Monday, 29 September 2014

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    A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew located and rescued two overdue boaters in the vicinity of Harriet Point, near Kenai, Sunday afternoon.
    A family member reported the boaters overdue Sunday to Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center. The men had left Kenai in a 16-foot skiff Wednesday for a voyage to Drift River on the western shore of Cook Inlet, and and were scheduled to return to Kenai River on Friday.
    The aircrew located the men in good condition and transported them aboard the helicopter to awaiting family members in Kenai.
    Within about an hour of searching the path of the boaters, the Jayhawk crew spotted the skiff inland of Harriet Point, on the west side of Cook Inlet. The boaters had run out of gas and beached their vessel.
    Lieutenant J-G Laura Gadziala, said the boaters did the right thing and stayed with their vessel once it ran out of gas. She said that it’s a lot easier to find a boat than an individual person.
    Weather on scene was reported as 9 mph winds and 3-foot seas.

Sep 26 2014
City, Boro Move Bycatch Letter to NPFMC
Friday, 26 September 2014

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           Kodiak’s governing bodies are gearing up for the upcoming North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting next month. Last night both the City Council and Borough Assembly met separately and discussed a proposed letter to the fishery council that addresses bycatch management for the Gulf of Alaska trawl fleet.
           Assemblywoman Chris Lynch co-chairs the fisheries work group said the letter was created as a way to ensure Kodiak has a seat at the table in any future bycatch management plans proposed by the fishery council.
           “We have had a seat at the table. We’ve been very involved and by resolution both the city and the borough adopted goals for management programs and over arching purposes – we have followed these. This new letter follows the same format as our first proposal did – we would like the council to continue analyzing everything that’s on the table.”   
            Lynch said local fishermen were fully involved in the fisheries work group meetings that drafted this letter.

Sep 25 2014
'Safe Streets Task Force' Puts KPD Officers to Work Outside City
Thursday, 25 September 2014

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    At the Kodiak City Council meeting at the end of July the city manager was given the authority to sign a deal with the FBI that would allow Kodiak police to operate outside city limits. It’s part of the Safe Streets Task Force program that is in place in over 100 cities in the nation.
    City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski said the agreement was sought to fight what is widely described as an increase in hard drugs in Kodiak.
    “It really (has) become a serious problem in Kodiak, not just from a city police, but the Alaska troopers, and it creates a chain of events that are very negative on the community including increased burglaries, break ins and so forth, as well as overdoses, the list goes on and on. So it’s a real problem in our community and a growing problem. Kodiak has become a hub for our region of drug activity distribution point for drugs in our community. And it’s an attractive place for drug distributors, drug gang folks, whoever’s involved in this.”
    Councilman Charlie Davidson voted for the agreement, saying something needs to be done about the drug influx.
    “I think this memorandum of understanding will enhance the curtailment of this eveil thing that’s eating our children alive, practically. And hopefully this will clean up our streets and basically protect our younger population from the demons of this.”
    The program, as Kniaziowski explained, has passed muster with the city attorney and insurance carrier, and any extra work the officers do will be reimbursed by the FBI.

Sep 25 2014
City, Boro to Review Bycatch Managment Letter
Thursday, 25 September 2014

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           It’s a busy night of meetings for Kodiak’s governing bodies. The night begins at 6 p.m. with a City Council work session. On that agenda is a presentation from Kodiak Electric Association about the possibility of using a flywheel to store energy generated on the island during peak production periods. The council will also hear a quarterly capital project update and review a letter to the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council on Gulf of Alaska bycatch management. Tonight’s work session will be held in the borough assembly chambers and will be followed by the council’s regular meeting at 7:30 p.m.
            The Borough Assembly will also gather tonight for a work session and discuss the possibility of creating a transitional housing facility in Kodiak. The goal would be to provide housing assistance to community members struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.
             Like the city council, tonight the assembly will also be reviewing its Gulf trawl bycatch management letter. The assembly will also discuss funding a guard rail for the Bay View Road Service Area and hear an update from the assessing department of the borough.
              Tonight’s work session will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the borough conference room, below the assembly chambers.

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