The presiding officer, the borough mayor, normally runs borough assembly meetings, but a deputy presiding officer is required by borough code for instances when the mayor is absent. Friend served as deputy presiding officer for the previous year as well.
In other business, the borough assembly approved the first reading of an ordinance that allows sitting assembly members to participate in the state’s retirement system for public employees if that person had previously received benefits under the program.
Under a previous ordinance, only borough assembly members elected before July 1, 2007, could remain in the plan.
Borough assembly member Mel Stephens disagreed with borough staff’s interpretation of the previous ordinance, saying it was not binding. He was the sole assembly member to vote against the ordinance.
The ordinance will appear for public discussion at the next borough assembly meeting.
• The borough reported collecting $12 million in third-quarter severance tax from fish, up 27 percent from the third fiscal quarter last year.
• Jessica Baswell of the Fishery Research Center was named the borough’s employee of the quarter.
• The Kodiak College Council will meet at 7 a.m. today in the Benny Benson Building.
• The borough assembly unanimously approved a first reading of an ordinance to change a line in borough code to state that the borough is composed of one village and five cities, not six villages.
The next regular borough assembly meeting is scheduled for Dec. 1.
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