Kodiak Daily Mirror - Kodiak city and borough governments meet for joint work session tonight
  
Kodiak city and borough governments meet for joint work session tonight
by James Brooks / editor@kodiakdailymirror.com
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KODIAK — The Kodiak city and borough governments will consider hiring a fisheries consultant and tackle the problem of resurfacing Joe Floyd Track and Field at Baranof Park in a 7 p.m. joint work session today in the borough building.

The two governments last met in late June, when they agreed to solicit proposals for the fisheries consultant position.

That request for proposals had two responses. One came from former Alaska Department of Fish and Game commissioner Denby Lloyd, who now runs Alaska Resource Consultancy in Kodiak. The other came from the Seattle-based firm of Van Ness Feldman.

“What they’re looking for is a fisheries consultant that can help the city and the borough to monitor the different regulatory agencies that affect fisheries,” borough manager Rick Gifford said.

The city used to have a separate consultant, but both the city and the borough agreed to contract with the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce for fisheries advice.

At a joint meeting in January, the two governments agreed to look for a “more effective” solution.

The second item on the joint work session agenda is a renovation of the athletic surfaces at Baranof Park.

“This project’s had a long history,” said baseball coach and community schools coordinator Rick Langfitt.

Langfitt said he’s organizing a large group of Kodiak residents to testify at tonight’s meeting to pressure the two governments to contribute more money to the renovation project.

Based on an estimate from engineering firm DA Hogan, the project is expected to cost $4.275 million. That would pay for a new track, football field, track infield and a baseball infield. Two million dollars has already been allocated by the state, and Langfitt said he intends to ask the borough and city for $500,000 apiece.

The remaining $1.275 million could then be requested in the next state capital budget, he said.

“I don’t think they’ve heard enough from the people who use that field. I don’t think they’re being informed about the process,” he said.

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