2nd Class City
in the Kodiak Island Borough
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- Current Population
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- 2013 DCCED Certified Estimate
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Election, Recording, and Judicial Districts
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Facilities and Amenities
- Municipal Facilities & Utilities
- Piped Water, Piped Sewer, Refuse Collection, Landfill, Harbor/Dock, Library, Volunteer Fire, Roads, State-funded Public Safety Officer (VPSO)
Geography and Climate
- Port Lions is located in Settler Cove, on the north coast of Kodiak Island, 247 air miles southwest of Anchorage.
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- The climate of the Kodiak Islands is dominated by a strong marine influence. There is little or no freezing weather, moderate precipitation, and frequent cloud cover and fog. Severe storms are common from December through February. Annual precipitation averages 54 inches, with 75 inches of snowfall. Temperatures remain within a narrow range, from 20 to 60 °F.
History and Culture
- The town was founded in 1964 by the displaced inhabitants of Afognak, which was destroyed by a tsunami after the Good Friday Earthquake. The community was named in honor of the Lions Club, for their support in rebuilding and relocating the village. The city government was incorporated in 1966. For many years, Port Lions was the site of the large Wakefield Cannery on Peregrebni Point. The cannery burned down in March 1975. Soon thereafter, the village corporation purchased a 149-foot floating processor, "The Smokwa." Although sold in 1978, "The Smokwa" processed crab in the area intermittently between 1975 and 1980. A small sawmill, located south of town, operated until 1976.
- The majority of the population are Alutiiq. Most residents lead a fishing and subsistence lifestyle.
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- Federally Recognized Tribe
- Name of Federally Recognized Tribe
- Native Village of Port Lions
- Incorporation Type
- 2nd Class City
- Public Education
- Not permitted to provide this service.
- Planning, Platting and Land Use Regulation
- Not required to exercise the powers in any circumstance, but may be permitted in all cases in the manner described for first class cities.
- Property Tax Powers
- May tax up to 20 mills, except where a higher levy is required to avoid default. Voter approval required.
- Sales Tax Powers
- No limit on the rate of levy of sales taxes; however, voter approval is required.
- Other Powers Not Prohibited
- May exercise other powers not prohibited by law.
- City Council or Assembly Composition and Apportionment
- 7 members elected at-large, except the council may provide for election other than at-large.
- Election and Term of Mayor
- Elected from the city council for a 1-year term, unless a longer term is provided by ordinance. Mayor selected by council (or by voters upon adoption of ordinance).
- Vote by Mayor
- Votes on all matters.
- Veto Power of the Mayor
- Does not have veto power.
- Power of Eminent Domain
- Permitted, but requires voter approval.
- Ability to Attain Home-Rule Status
- May not adopt home-rule charter without first reclassifying to a first-class city.
- Port Lions is accessible by air and water. There is a state-owned 2600 ft. gravel airstrip, and the small boat harbor may be used by seaplanes. Regular and charter flights are available from Kodiak. The boat harbor was partially rebuilt in 2011 and provides 68 boat slips, electricity, and fresh water during the summer months. The state ferry Tustumena operates bi-weekly from November through April and bi weekly for two weeks each month from May through October. Service is to and from Kodiak and Homer. A newly built deep water city dock with a 214 ft. face and mooring and breasting dolphins to accommodate large ships will be completed in 2014.
- State Ferry
- Cargo Barge
- Road Connection