The Kodiak Island Borough municipal elections have been canvassed – meaning all outstanding votes have been added to the totals from the October 7th election.
Provided by the borough clerk’s office, the results show that the election results were decided by less than 2,000 people. Only 1,968 votes were cast out of a registered voter pool of 9,100, meaning just 22 percent of eligible voters turned out. However, that is actually five more percentage points than last year, and nine more than 2012.
The precinct with the lowest percentage of votes cast was Bell’s Flats, where only 11-percent, or 186 out of 1,711 voters, cast a ballot. The voters of Ouzinkie had the highest turnout, with 34 percent.
The counting of questioned, absentee and personal representative ballots changed the final election numbers, but did not change who will be sworn in tonight.
Dan Rohrer picked up another 168 votes for a total of 1,323. Larry LeDoux got another 164 votes to bring his total to 1,285; and Rebecca Skinner received another 124 votes for a total of 795.
The final tally for the two school board seats have incumbent Katie Oliver with 1,319 votes and Duncan Fields with 1,268. Oliver picked up another 186 votes and Fields another 172.
Proposition 1, which will allow the Kodiak Island Borough to issue bonds to conduct maintenance and repairs to borough schools, picked up another 173 votes in favor and 82 more votes against. It passed with almost two-to-one approval with a total of 1,216 yes and 630 no.
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly will certify the election results, and the clerk will swear in the three new assembly members, tonight at the assembly’s regular meeting. We’ll carry that live on KMXT at 7:30.
On today’s edition of Talk of the Rock, we’ll hear from the borough’s Community Development Department Director, Bob Pederson, about code updates and changes. The borough recently wrapped up a multi-year process of reviewing its codes and regulations, and now its asking for the public’s input on the matter. Learn more about what changes are proposed and how you can have your voice heard in the process.
Today on KMXT’s Talk of the Rock, host Jay Barrett speaks with Kodiak Island Borough Manager Bud Cassidy and Borough Finance Director Karl Short about the $10-million bond that will be on the October 7th municipal ballot. If passed, it will fund what are described as vital repairs to schools across the borough, and be reimbursed at a rate up to 70-percent by the State of Alaska.
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The registration period opened on the first for candidates running for local office.
As of Friday, only incumbent Dave Kaplan has filed for another three-year term on the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly. He, along with assemblymen Tuck Bonney and Mel Stevens all have terms expiring this year.
There is a pair of seats on the Kodiak City Council for three-year terms that will come available. They belong to Randy Bishop and Terry Haines.
On the Kodiak Island Borough School Board, two terms will expire, those of President Katie Oliver and the seat previously held by Todd Hailey.
There are also 10 service area board seats available for three-year terms.
The deadline to toss your hat into the ring for local elections is August 15th, and the Kodiak Municipal Election is on October 7th.
Meanwhile, even though the August 19th primary is 15 days away, voting opens today [Monday] for early absentee, special needs and electronic transmission voting.
State Elections Director Gail Fenumiai says the state has already set up polling places across Alaska.
“They can go to a variety of locations throughout the state and in front of an absentee voting official and cast their ballot.”
People have until Saturday to apply for a mail-in ballot, and until August 18th to apply for an electronic ballot.
“Voting will continue through election day and then polls will be open on August 19th from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for all voters to go vote in person at their polling place on election day,” she said. “Early voting and absentee voting is designed for those voters who know they will not be able to make it to their polling place on election day.”
In the primary election, voters will decide whether to accept or reject an oil and gas production tax bill, Senate Bill 21, the legislature adopted last session, and they’ll pick the candidates for U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Governor and Lt. Governor, and the state Legislature that will move forward into the general election.
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly may be taking a closer look at its fireworks ordinance in the future. Despite hearing fewer noise complaints than usual over the Fourth of July weekend, Borough Manager Bud Cassidy said two complaints were sent to the borough online concerning the amount of fireworks and noise in residential areas.
“They felt like the borough’s firework policy was failing and really directed the borough to try and do something different.”
Cassidy said the borough dug into the matter a bit and discovered that despite the limited complaints the borough, the Alaska state Troopers and borough fire departments were quite busy over the holiday weekend addressing community concerns and fires caused by fireworks.
Bayside Fire Department responded to two fires out at White Sands beach and Womens Bay Fire Department was called to a fire just past the trailhead to Heitman Lake. Cassidy said the fact that folks aren’t being cautious in dry areas is concerning, and unfortunately avoiding that is what leads to problems in residential areas. Continue reading
The Kodiak Island Borough has nearly a million more dollars in the bank today, after a wildly successful land auction over the weekend. According to Borough Manager Bud Cassidy, all but two lots attracted more than the minimum bid, and netted the borough $894,000. One lot in particular, according to Cassidy, generated the most interest:
“The Monashka piece was about a five acre chunk and the minimum bid was $90,000, and it sold for $390,000. A fair amount of bidding – pretty spirited – went on. It went back and forth 59 times and was finally sold to a guy named Dave Townsend.”
The two lots in Chiniak sold for their minimum price, $40,000 and $50,000 respectively. The five lots in Bell’s Flats all sold for more than the minimum asking price. Cassidy says the strong response was positive sign.
“I think this interest showed us that not just the borough, but the city, Native corporations – there’s a number of private land owners as well that own a fair amount of property in town and this should wake everyone up to make them understand there really is some pent up demand in the community.”
He said the borough is preparing more properties for sale, and the next batch should be closer to town. Continue reading