The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly approved a memorandum of agreement for the removal of metals from villages, postponed a resolution in support of the Subsistence Access Management Act for the second time, and authorized a contract for recycling services.

The memorandum of agreement is with Kodiak Island Housing Authority for KIHA to manage the project of removing scrap metals from villages in the borough.

So far, the borough has been using money from a previous grant to get started removing the metals.

"We removed 80 tons from the village of Larsen Bay, and it was set up through (Kodiak Area Native Association) and KIHA," said borough assessor Bill Roberts. "What we got was a back hall on a barge that was taking equipment there and it cost us a grand total of $15,000 to get rid of 80 tons."

Roberts said another load of about 50-60 tons has left Larsen Bay for the same price. Akhiok and Karluk have metals from their dump on the beach in anticipation of the next barge.

"I think that this is a win-win situation here, because it's obvious that KIHA and KANA can get things done for us in the villages at a price that we can get a big bang for our buck," Roberts said.

Most of the funding for the project comes from a Coastal Impact Assistance Grant.

The assembly also postponed indefinitely a resolution in support of the Subsistence Access Management Act, a congressional bill.

"There was some testimony given opposing the passage of this resolution because there were people afraid that we were giving the federal government too much authority to decide who and what is rural," Roberts said. "The bill really is to make it harder, I believe, for someone to change the rural designation, however some of the testimony said wait until there is input from the Kodiak Aleutians Subsistence Regional Advisory Council, which meets, I believe, in July."

The assembly chose to postpone the resolution until after the RAC can meet and give feedback.

The assembly also approved a one year contract with Threshold Services for recycling.

Roberts said Threshold was the lone bidder, and originally bid more than the borough had budgeted.

"The borough went back to the sole bidder and negotiated with them some give and take on both sides to bring the bid within our range," Robert said.

The one-year contract with Threshold is for just less than $250,000 and has the option of four one-year extensions.

In other business, the assembly re-appointed Tuck Bonney and Jerry Bongen to the Kodiak Fisheries Development Association and appointed Kyle Crow to a vacant city seat on the Planning and Zoning Commission.

They also declared the assembly seat formerly held by Carol Austerman as vacant.

Julie Herrmann is a staff reporter at the Kodiak Daily Mirror. Contact the Daily Mirror at editor@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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