Jim Mullican

City manager Aimee Kniaziowski pins insignia on new fire chief Jim Mullican Jr. with Mullican's wife Judy. Julie Herrmann/Kodiak Daily Mirror

Kodiak’s new fire chief was sworn in on Thursday, and the Kodiak City Council adopted a federal priority list.

“This is a real humbling event honestly,” new chief Jim Mullican Jr. said at the meeting in front of a crowd of his firefighters after he was sworn in. “It’s the culmination of a career to make chief and more importantly, it’s my honor to lead this group of gentlemen and lady in their endeavors to respond to our emergency needs.”

Mullican took over the official duties as chief of the Kodiak Fire Department on Feb. 3. He had been the deputy chief since 2011 and the acting chief since former chief Rome Kamai left the position late last year.

“I think I have the finest crew that KFD’s had and I’ve been there for at least 15 years, and I stand behind each and every one of them,” Mullican said. “They do an awesome job every day.”

In other business, the council approved their budget goals for fiscal year 2016 and adopted the federal fiscal year 2015 federal capital needs and issues list.

“It’s much more of a list of issues that we would advocate for rather than a traditional list of capital projects because funding vehicles are being either reduced or eliminated or they do continuing resolutions to fund the government,” city manager Aimée Kniaziowski told the council. “We think this might be a little bit more effective.”

The six-issue list is topped by community roads and pedestrian improvements, specifically mentioning Shelikof Street and Mill Bay Road, followed by the Karluk Lake enrichment project, the impact of sea lions on the construction of the ferry dock, two Environmental Protection Agency rules addressing the Clean Water Act expansion and discharge from boats, and rural subsistence determination.

The council also authorized borrowing up to $3 million from the Alaska Clean Water Fund for the construction of the compost facility that is currently in the permitting process.

Kniaziowski said the city would only borrow as much money as they need up to the $3 million mark.

The council also authorized a $50,000 contract with CH2MHill, an engineering and consulting firm, for services relating to the UV water treatment facility.

“(CH2MHill has) been with us since the very beginning with our UV plant,” Kniaziowski said. “We need their continued technical support as we move forward to get our final operating permit from (the Department of Environmental Conservation.) There are some unusually complex issues that DEC wants us to explore as part of this process of obtaining our final operating permit.”

The council also passed an ordinance establishing a supplemental appropriate to the budget for fiscal year 2015, passed resolutions supporting funding for the State of Alaska Harbor Facility Grant Program and the state’s revenue sharing program, authorized the $66,000 purchase of replacement power back-up batteries for the Kodiak Police Department, and declared February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.

Julie Herrmann is a staff reporter at the Kodiak Daily Mirror. Contact her at 486-3227 ext. 627.

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