Kodiak Daily Mirror - Kodiak borough OKs wish list for state money
Kodiak borough OKs wish list for state money
by James Brooks / editor@kodiakdailymirror.com
Sep 16, 2011 | 78 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KODIAK — The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly unanimously approved its annual capital projects wish list at its regular meeting Thursday night in the borough building.

The list, formally known as the Capital Improvement Program list, tells the state and federal governments what projects Kodiak residents think are most important.

Some state and federal grant application processes determine which projects to fund by where that project fits on the local government’s list.

This year’s top request is $10 million for the proposed Kodiak Island Borough landfill expansion. The borough has already sold $3.6 million in bonds to fund the $13.6 million project, and is asking for money from a handful of state programs to pay for the rest.

The borough’s No. 2 priority is a $15.5 million request to fund the physical education and vocational training aspects of the Kodiak High School renovation project.

“What I’m hearing is the governor is very excited about the career training program,” borough manager Rick Gifford said.

Borough Mayor Jerome Shelby also raised the possibility that the jobs bill proposed by President Barack Obama and being debated in the U.S. Senate may aid the high school project.

“If the jobs bill passes as presented, there’s $62 million in there for schools in Alaska,” Shelby said. “The question for me is at what point should we be requesting from the governor … that we should get that.”

The No. 3 borough priority is a $4 million request for paving in road service areas.

That project is followed, in order, by road lighting from the city of Kodiak to the Coast Guard base ($2 million requested); a bike path around Deadman’s Curve ($3 million); Mill Bay Beach pedestrian access ($63,000); Womens Bay playground ($50,000); and a generator at Bayside Fire Station ($40,000).

The $34.6 million requested is less than the $39.7 million requested in last year’s CIP list, and the eight projects requested this year are less than last year’s 14.

Repainting the Fred Zharoff Memorial Bridge, which links Kodiak to Near Island, was a $10 million request on last year’s list but not this year’s. Assembly member Judy Fulp asked, “Is there any way to look for grant money if that’s not on our CIP list … and somehow keep that alive?”

Gifford replied, “The state continues to tell us they look at safety first and they take care of those needs first. I’m not aware of any funding out there that would be that much.”

In other business:

• The assembly heard a presentation from Alaska Aerospace Corporation president Craig Campbell and corporation CEO Dale Nash.

The corporation’s Sept. 27 launch at Kodiak Launch Complex remains on schedule, they said.

• Three rezoning measures were approved. One dealt with the land beneath teacher housing in Akhiok, while the other two involved combining two plots of land in Middle Bay. Area resident Sarah Thayer opposed the rezone, saying the area consists of 5-acre lots, and the proposed combination would be less than half that.

• A contract with Altman, Rogers and Co. for auditing services was extended one year at a cost of $100,800. The borough and school district are both covered under the contract.

• The assembly entered executive session to discuss negotiations with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which represents some borough employees.

Contact Mirror editor James Brooks at editor@kodiakdailymirror.com.
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