Kodiak Daily Mirror - City may not look far for new harbormaster
  
City may not look far for new harbormaster
by Drew Herman
Apr 23, 2014 | 645 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Deputy Kodiak harbormaster Lon White talks to Kodiak Police Chief T.C. Kamai during the response to a rock slide Monday, June 3, 2013 on Rezanof Drive.
(James Brooks photo)
Deputy Kodiak harbormaster Lon White talks to Kodiak Police Chief T.C. Kamai during the response to a rock slide Monday, June 3, 2013 on Rezanof Drive. (James Brooks photo)
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City manager Aimée Kniaziowski hinted at the probable identity of Kodiak’s next harbormaster during a meeting of the Port and Harbors Advisory Board Tuesday.

“I don’t anticipate having to recruit from outside,” she said.

The city made an internal announcement seeking a successor to Marty Owen, who will retire May 10, and may advertise for outside applicants after Thursday.

Owen said deputy harbormaster Lon White, who has worked for the city for 32 years, would make a good harbormaster.

Also at the Tuesday meeting, Owen updated PHAB members about upcoming construction projects.

Contractor Pacific Pile Marine plans to start demolition at Pier 3 this summer for the replacement project, scheduled for completion in July 2015.

Work on the Alaska Marine Highway System’s new dock at Pier 1 is also expected to start later this summer.

“It’s not a terribly complicated project; it’s not terribly deep,” Owen said.

Looking further out, Owen projected two or three years before construction begins to replace the channel transient dock. He said the project has a “pretty good chance” at a Tier 1 state grant if the city commits to 50 percent matching funds and applies by the end of August.

Owen said the city-owned boatlift at St. Herman Harbor has served 48 vessels so far this fiscal year, and is on track to close the year at about 60.

“May and June are usually big months for us,” he said.

City finance director Mary Munk said that pace could see the city’s boatyard operation finish in the black for the first time since its 2009 opening.

The city council is due to vote on a PHAB recommendation to increase boatyard fees by 30 percent, effective May 1, for vessels on the hard two weeks or less. White said previous rate increases did not seem to lower demand for services.

Contact the Daily Mirror newsroom at editor@kodiakdailymirror.com.

Agree with Marty Owen, will Lon White make a "good" harbormaster?


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