Kodiak Daily Mirror - Borough parks and rec board gets smaller
  
Borough parks and rec board gets smaller
by Drew Herman
Apr 21, 2014 | 146 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
James Riley Pickett, left, meets Sparky the Fire Dog during a Kodiak Island Borough Assembly meeting Thursday where his grandfather, Jim Pickett, center, was honored. Bayside Capt. Jim Pickett won the 2014 National Volunteer Fire Council Fire Prevention Award for a range of efforts including making smoke detectors available to area homes and raising funds to purchase the Sparky mascot costume. (Drew Herman photo)
James Riley Pickett, left, meets Sparky the Fire Dog during a Kodiak Island Borough Assembly meeting Thursday where his grandfather, Jim Pickett, center, was honored. Bayside Capt. Jim Pickett won the 2014 National Volunteer Fire Council Fire Prevention Award for a range of efforts including making smoke detectors available to area homes and raising funds to purchase the Sparky mascot costume. (Drew Herman photo)
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The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly brought the parks and recreation committee to full compliment by lowering the number of seats on the perennially undermanned advisory body.

Ordinance No. FY2014-18 passed during the assembly’s regular meeting Thursday changes parks and rec from nine members to seven members, making it easier to achieve a quorum. The ordinance also allows the committee to deal directly with the assembly instead of going to the planning and zoning commission when addressing matters unrelated to the commission.

The assembly agreed unanimously to postpone a change order amending the contract with Wilson Engineering Inc. of Juneau for management services on the high school addition and renovation project. Proposed changes would raise the hourly rate and housing allowance for Wilson employees in Kodiak, but some assembly members objected to the terms when they were introduced at a work session Tuesday.

Also during the regular meeting, the assembly approved Mayor Jerrol Friend’s appointment of Rick Ryser to the borough’s architectural and engineering review board.

The assembly recognized the long service of Jeff Johnson (15 years) and Jeanne Friel (five years) and honored construction inspector Dave Conrad as employee of the quarter. Also honored was Bayside fire Capt. Jim Pickett, who won the 2014 National Volunteer Fire Council Fire Prevention Award.

Friend proclaimed April Military Child Month in the Kodiak Island Borough.

Assembly member Aaron Griffin noted that all the nation’s branches of service are represented in Kodiak.

“The kids and the family members give every bit as much as the service members themselves,” Griffin said.

The assembly will hold a joint session with the Kodiak Island Borough School District board at 6:30 p.m. Thursday concerning the school budget, followed by an assembly work session. The next regular meeting of the assembly will be May 1.



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