In a speedy regular meeting punctuated by pleasant weather outside and sunny moods within the borough chambers, the council voted unanimously on all seven items introduced.
The city updated its policy statement on nonprofit funding caps, enabling one-time funding increases. “It’s the council’s consensus and it remains such to add a provision on the existing resolution policy to allow funding of one-time projects for a special group with adequate justification and time frame,” said City Manager Aimée Kniaziowski.
The city allows regular funding for various programs with certain annual limits: Youth recreation can receive up to $2,500 per year, adult recreation can get up to $5,000, public safety support program (for food and shelter) can receive up to $10,000, and emergency response support programs can also get up to $10,000 per year. No organization can receive ten percent less or more than in the previous funding year “unless a special one-time funding increase for a special project is applied for and authorized by the City Council,” the new resolution states.
The city also adopted a resolution to increase the per diem travel rate for city employees from the current $45 to a higher federal rate. “It’s been that rate for many years. It certainly costs more to buy meals when we are traveling. The council concurred to replace our existing per diem policy with the federal per diem rate. The borough also uses that rate and when a city employee is ready to travel we go to a federal website and find out what the rate is for that city at the time of the year and use that rate, which is surely more than $45 a day. I know that everybody supports this,” Kniaziowski said.
The council handed out several permits for public events this spring, seeking to make the city a veritable bazaar in May. The 56th Annual Kodiak Crab Fest, the Garden Club plant sale, the Humane Society plant basket sale, and Kodiak Little League’s baseball camp were all passed by unanimous votes.
Crab Fest is scheduled for May 22-26, with the parade on the 24, which will have the usual route along Mill Bay Road. “This is the 56th annual Crab Fest, which is unbelievable that there have been that many of those… The city has always certainly supported this worthwhile event. I know it helps the Chamber of Commerce and it certainly is a boon to nonprofits as well and allows them an opportunity to raise funds,” said Kniaziowski.
Also, the city manager reported that two bids for the Monashka Bay pump house are being opened by the city, but so far are a “bit high,” Kniazowski added.
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell had proposed a $2.5 million municipal matching grant for the pump station, Kodiak’s primary source of water, in his proposed budget.