The Kodiak City Council opened the door for more local nonprofits to apply for city funds, with a rule change passed at Thursday’s regular meeting.

Resolution 2011-08 removes the requirement that nonprofit organizations must have received city funds in fiscal year 2005 to qualify to ask for money again. This allows organizations that started after 2005 and others that didn’t get city support that year to apply.

“I think it’s entirely equitable that we do this,” council member John Whiddon said.

The resolution also removes reference to state revenue sharing programs in the city’s nonprofit funding criteria.

The council also voted to award a $65,000 contract to Brechan Enterprises to install an oil/water separator at the public works shop. The installation addresses the last remaining requirement stemming from a 2009 EPA inspection of city oil storage facilities.

An ordinance to amend city code governing for-hire vehicles passed, consolidating taxicabs and limousines into one category. The ordinance also eliminates license transfer fees, and removes the chauffeur license requirement for tour operators.

The council approved fee increase requests by the harbor office, the library and the public works laboratory, effective July 1.

The Kodiak Police Department’s request for $27,123 to purchase a replacement SUV patrol vehicle was also approved.

The city council meets for a special work session on the budget on Saturday, May 7, starting at 10 a.m. at the emergency operations center at the Kodiak Police Station. A council work session is scheduled for May 24 and a regular meeting for May 26, both at 7:30 p.m. in the borough assembly chambers.

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