Starting Dec. 15, the city will be forced to use an alternate disposal option for sludge generated at the City of Kodiak Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Previously, the borough accepted the sludge in the landfill, but no longer can because the landfill is nearing its permitted capacity.
The sludge problem comes as no surprise to the city, and a team is already working to identify a solution.
“We’ve been trying to come up with alternatives,” city manager Aimée Kniaziowski said. “We always knew there would be a time when the sludge would be problematic.”
Some of the alternatives include composting or using an incinerator to dispose of the sludge.
The city likely will choose the composting option, as an incinerator would be more expensive.
“We don’t produce enough of it to make an incinerator economically feasible,” Kniaziowski said. “It would require fuel to burn the sludge. Composting was a viable, cheap alternative.”
Kodiak Board of Realtors president Paula Laird expressed interest in the city and borough opening more land for future development.
“There is a deep concern for present housing in Kodiak,” Laird said. “Kodiak is hungry for more affordable homes.”
Borough resource management officer Bob Scholze gave a status update on the borough properties previously discussed for land disposal, or land sales. The borough is looking at a land sale in the late summer or fall of 2012 that would include large lot residential properties in rural areas including a five-acre tract in Monashka Bay, two lots in the Lake Orbin Subdivision in Bells Flats, and a property in the Russian Creek Subdivision.
In other business, fisheries adviser Denby Lloyd talked about addressing the prohibited species catch program that the National Pacific Fishery Management Council plans to discuss in its Oct. 1 meeting.
Borough Mayor Jerome Selby recommended the city-borough fisheries work group continue to flush out community-based recommendations generated during an earlier work group meeting.
City council member and fisheries subcommittee chair John Whiddon recommended bringing in experts to help the work group come up with a solid strategy to build on as the program goes forward.
“It’s a multimillion dollar industry for us in Kodiak,” Whiddon said. “The economic impact is unfathomable.”
The fisheries work group will continue discussions, and will update the city and borough during a joint work session in September.
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