Kodiak’s multimillion-dollar new landfill could offer a side benefit to Monashka Bay residents — water and sewer service.
At last week’s Kodiak Island Borough Assembly work session, the Assembly agreed to ask for funding to plan a Monashka Bay water treatment plant co-located with a treatment plant at the new landfill.
Water treatment plant funding showed up as No. 4 on a draft list of projects on the borough’s list of requests for state funding.
The new landfill is required to collect and treat water that seeps from the garbage, and Interim borough manager Bud Cassidy said the idea for a Monashka Bay treatment plant came during discussions about how to treat the landfill waste.
“The discussion ranged to maybe piping it to the city’s water treatment plant,” Cassidy said.
That idea was too costly, and a separate treatment plant will be built at the landfill instead.
Monashka Bay residents have always gathered their water from wells and used septic systems, and discussions have ranged for years about extending the city’s water system to the area or creating a separate water system.
The borough even has an inactive service area board, Service Area No. 2, that has the power to create a water system for the area. The high cost of blasting pipes through bedrock has made piped water and sewer prohibitive, but with a new water treatment plant, the costs may go down.
“Instead of building all the infrastructure to send that to the city’s water treatment plant … it could be just as worthwhile to send it the other way to the landfill’s water treatment plant,” Cassidy said.
The borough’s state funding wish list asks for $250,000 in planning funds to determine whether a Monashka Bay water system is feasible.
Darlene Turner, chairwoman of the Monashka Bay Road Service Area and owner of A Smiling Bear Bed and Breakfast, said a lot of questions need to be answered.
Tops on the minds of residents, she said, will be the cost of connecting to the system. “I think it really depends on what it’s going to cost,” she said. “There’s lots and lots of questions I would have before I would say yeah, I’m all for that.”
Installation of a water and sewer system would allow the borough to rezone the Monashka Bay area for tighter lots, allowing for more homes and decreasing population pressure in urban Kodiak.
Without piped water and sewer, residential lots must have sufficient space for a septic system leech field and a well.
Cassidy compared the area to Spruce Cape before its development. The introduction of water and sewer lines into the area allowed homes to be built closer together, creating some of the most attractive real estate in urban Kodiak.
No changes are likely for Monashka Bay anytime soon, however. No timeline or road map to construction has been suggested, and construction — let alone planning and design — would take years.