Last year’s disbursal was the first after the city altered its criteria for application, which created some confusion. With a year under their belts for both the nonprofits and the city, there was no confusion this time as the council unanimously approved the distribution of $112,552 to 16 organizations.
“The nonprofits have been very conservative in their requests,” said Mayor Patricia Branson, commenting on the fact that the amount distributed was more than $40,000 less than the amount the city made available.
The distributions ranged from $20,000 to the Kodiak Women’s Resource and Crisis Center to $2,500 given to several youth sports and social organizations.
“This is a great way to spend our tax dollars,” city councilman John Whiddon said. “The return on investment is significantly greater than the amount given.”
In other business, the city council approved a 1 percent rise in the tax assessed on hotel rooms in Kodiak. The rise corrects a mistake in a measure passed earlier this year that raised the city’s sales tax. The portion of city code that applies to the hotel room bed tax was left unchanged when the city council voted to raise the tax; without Thursday night’s vote, the sales tax on hotel rooms would have remained at 6 percent, plus a 5 percent bed tax.
The city council also:
• honored Mary Munk with a certificate of financial achievement and the Government Finance Officers Association distinguished budget presentation award;
• approved a 0.7-acre land swap with the Kodiak Island Borough to support Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center’s proposed long-term care facility;
• appointed Charlie Powers to the parks and recreation advisory board and Shanna Torgerson as an alternate to the board;
• reappointed Linda Freed to the joint city-borough seat on the Kodiak Fisheries Development Association board of directors;
• authorized the Kodiak Football League to collect admission fees and sell concessions for high school football games at Baranof Park;
• approved a $64,085 contract with Belarde Custom Concrete for sidewalk, curb and gutter repairs;
• authorized the Kodiak Police Department to spend $48,478 buy two new vehicles;
• approved a $28,716 change order to the new UV water treatment plant to fix a design defect;
• and approved a $53,700 change order for the Baranof Park Improvements Project, including a new outfield fence for the baseball diamond, sleeves for volleyball net posts, a portable pitcher’s mound and installation of a concrete abutment.