At their July 17 meeting, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly passed an ordinance to fund emergency generators for four Kodiak schools and moved forward an ordinance to allow voters to decide whether the borough will issue bonds to finance repairs on school facilities.

As the first item under new business, the assembly unanimously authorized a contract for emergency generators for the Port Lions, Karluk, Old Harbor and North Star Elementary schools.

“Our schools are more than just educational centers,” said Borough Manager Bud Cassidy, “They really are community centers and they’re emergency shelters.”

The contract is with Wolverine Supply, Inc., a Wasilla company that has worked with the borough before. The Port Lions and North Star Elementary schools should be completed by January 6, 2015 with Karluk and Old Harbor finished in mid-July after that.

The contract, not to exceed $924,000, is funded through a legislative grant.

The assembly introduced an ordinance that would, if passed by voters at the October 7 election, authorize the borough to issue up to $10.23 million in bonds to fund the renewal and replacement schedule for borough-owned school facilities.

“The important part of this is the fact that if approved by the voters, the State of Alaska will reimburse us to the tune of 70 percent,” Cassidy said. “Any building owner has to maintain their buildings, and we also think that this is the cheapest to the taxpayers.”

The ordinance passed 4-1, Carol Austerman and Aaron Griffin were absent, moving forward to public hearing at the next meeting. Mel Stephens voted against the ordinance, saying he was concerned that it was brought forward at the last minute and about the borough’s debt burden and the state’s ability to reimburse. “It depends on how long the bond goes and whether the state funds that reimbursement each of those particular years,” Stephens said.

Finally, the assembly unanimously moved forward to public hearing an ordinance to amend the FY-2015 budget to fund painting the Port Lions School. The borough plans to complete the painting this summer.

The assembly also awarded the employee of the quarter award to Jeanne Miller, who works in the finance department.

“Jeanne is a hardworking, trustworthy employee who is thoughtful, fair, thorough and professional,” Cassidy said. “She maintains a positive, professional attitude during challenging times. Her interaction with the public and coworkers is exemplary.”

At the end, the assembly entered an executive session to discuss Cassidy’s performance evaluation.

Contact Julie Herrmann at jherrmann@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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