At its regular meeting Thursday, the city council moved forward with an ordinance that would create the position.
“We have been talking about this for a period of time and believe it’s the best way to distribute the city manger’s work load,” City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski said. “We’re a large enough city that what this will allow is more work to be done, and I can move from daily triage to actually getting some of these key things done that get stuck in the process, and I can’t work too many more hours than I already do.”
Among other things, an assistant city manager would fill in for the manager when needed, take on operational tasks, manage human resources, help with risk management, and take the lead on some projects.
Kniaziowski added that she would be happy to talk with anyone who has questions about the position, its duties and the reasoning for its creation.
During public comments time, Kodiak resident Betty McTavish expressed concern over the cost.
“That definitely would not reduce costs of running the city but increase them,” McTavish said.
She said businesses are closing, and there are lots of homes for sale in Kodiak. “This doesn’t look like an active, vibrant city to me, so we need to be really good stewards of the citizens’ money.”
The salary for the position would be between $87,000 and $131,000 per year depending on experience and qualifications of the person hired, according to the city.
All of the council members in attendance expressed their support for the creation of the position except Gabriel Saravia and Randall Bishop, who were not at the meeting.
“While I think we are all very cognizant of our need to keep costs down, this is something we’ve put off for a very long time and it’s been a need that has frankly been bridged by the city manager and at times, other members of the staff, and as a result, sometimes work is simply not being done,” said council member Terry Haines.
“We’re in the process of doing almost $60 million in projects over the next two years,” council member Richard Walker said.. “One person can not manage all these projects and do the regular work of the city.”
The council passed the ordinance 4-0. It will be open for public hearing at the next meeting.
In other business, the council also passed an ordinance authorizing the creation of a safe streets task force. Under the ordinance, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Kodiak Police Department will work together on drug investigations and some police officers will be authorized to work outside city limits on investigations.
In addition, the council authorized the fiscal year 2015 pavement repairs. The repairs will focus on areas of Mill Bay Road that are in the worst condition. The areas are Upper Mill Bay Road to Powell Avenue, the area by Malutin Lane, and the area by Bancroft Drive.
“We have a terrific need this year, and I’m sure anybody who’s been driving around notices that,” Kniaziowski said. “We’re looking forward to getting some of that continual deterioration addressed, until we can come up with a plan to do complete re-paving of Mill Bay, which you’ll see a recommendation coming next month from us for that.”
The council authorized the repairs 4-0, giving the $430,000 contract to Brechan Enterprises.
The council also authorized nonprofit grants for the 2015 fiscal year; authorized a bid award to Brechan Enterprises for sidewalk, curb and gutter repair; and authorized a $94,000 repair for the Kodiak Police Department boiler.
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