At its meeting Thursday night, the council voted unanimously, absent resigning council member Josie Rosales, to approve a floor plan and construction delivery method for the library.
While Thursday’s vote does not directly allocate or spend money, it allows library planners to proceed with a timeline that moves up the project from fall to summer.
“I applaud the (Kodiak Public Library Association); it’s probably been the best model for building any public building that I’ve been aware of,” said council member John Whiddon, one of several people who praised the project.
To support the library project, the city council also approved the first reading of a budget amendment that allocates $2 million from the city’s enhancement fund. At the start of the library project, the city pledged its financial support. The $2 million will fulfill that pledge.
The library money is included in a $19 million budget amendment that allocates money from state grants and the enhancement fund.
Using the enhancement fund requires five city council members to vote in favor, but the budget amendment cleared that hurdle with no objections by any council member. The amendment must be approved in a second reading, which will take place at a special meeting Feb. 2.
In other business, the city council:
• approved the resignation of council member Josie Rosales. The council has 30 days to appoint a replacement. That person must be at least 21 years old and have lived within city limits for at least one year;
• approved Kodiak Island Housing Authority’s construction of a road off of Alimaq Drive on Near Island to support a proposed senior housing complex;
• proclaimed January teen dating violence and prevention month;
• accepted the fiscal year 2011 audit and comprehensive financial report;
• reappointed Rob Lindsey to the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council. Lindsey will serve a second three-year term on the council.
The city council will hold a planning meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Kodiak Island Fisheries Research Center conference room and a special meeting 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, in the borough conference room.
The next regular city council meeting is Feb. 23.
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