Ferry

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The M/V Tustumena, one of two Alaska Marine Highway System vessels serving Kodiak archipelago communities, sits at Pier 1 downtown Kodiak. Proposed cuts to the AMHS this legislative session could mean decreased ferry sailings for Kodiak Island communities. 

A representative of a nonprofit tasked with creating a strategic plan for state ferry system will provide an update on the organization’s work at a city and borough joint work session on Wednesday.

In May 2016, Gov. Bill Walker tasked the Southeast Conference to develop a 25-year strategic plan for the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Southeast Conference Executive Director Robert Venables will provide the Kodiak City Council, Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and community members with an update on the organization’s progress toward that goal at the joint work session. 

“He has wanted to come here and do a presentation for some time to give an update, and so the joint work session seems to be the viable way in which to do that,” said city Mayor Pat Branson.

Kodiak City Councilor John

Whiddon also serves on the project’s steering committee. 

The work on the reform project was split into two phases. Phase one focused on potential governance models for the system, and in November 2016, the group recommended transforming the AMHS to a public corporation.

Phase two is currently ongoing and focuses on strategies for operation as a public corporation, including organizational structure and revenue opportunities, according to a June Southeast Conference press release.

The conference is seeking public input through Sept. 22, according to a project timeline.

Phase two is expected to be complete by December. 

The joint work session agenda also includes a report from Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Manager Michael Brady, a Kodiak Salmon Workgroup report, an update on borough accessory dwellings units and small lot subdivision ordinances and an update on city marijuana regulatory measures. 

The joint work session will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the School District Conference Room. 

 

Snoderly can be reached at (907) 512-2624. Follow her on Twitter, @KDMjoann

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