Mirror Writer

The Kodiak City Council will vote Thursday on termination of a memorandum of agreement with the Kodiak Island Borough. If the motion fails, the option of ending city inspectors’ work on borough buidlings will be off the table for a year.

Currently, the city’s building department conducts inspections throughout the borough. The borough and city codes matched until June, when the borough assembly voted to revert to the 1997 Uniform Building Code from the 2012 International Residential Code.

The vote on termination of the memorandum of agreement comes after concerns were raised regarding insurance rates, financing options, reductions in ISO ratings, city and employee liability, and the difficulty for employees to enforce two different codes.

At a Tuesday work session council members John Whiddon and Randy Bishop argued that, before the vote occurs, the council should discuss it with the borough assembly at a joint work session later this month, with the hope the assembly can be persuaded to go back to the 2012 codes.

Council members Charlie Davidson, Rich Walker and Gabriel Saravia argued the council could reverse a decision to terminate the agreement within 90 days if the assembly decides to go back to the 2012 codes.

Council member Laura Arboleda was absent.

City clerk Deb Marlar informed council that if the vote is not postponed at the regular meeting and the motion fails, city code prohibits bringing the issue up again for one year. 

Thursday’s regular city council meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the assembly chambers.

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