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By ZACHARY HALASCHAK
Daily News Staff Writer
Monday's Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly meeting is expected to touch on a number of topics relating to land in the borough, as well as a resolution affirming Ketchikan's close relationship to the Canadian town of Prince Rupert.
Resolution 2739, which was submitted for review by Assembly Members Stephen Bradford and Judith McQuerry, seeks to affirm the Assembly's connection to Prince Rupert in coordination with efforts of the Southeast Conference.
The resolution attempts to reemphasize Ketchikan's “economic, social and cultural ties with Prince Rupert.”
Part of the resolution reads: “The Assembly supports and joins the efforts of Southeast Conference to pursue discussions and economic planning for expanded regional commerce as well as the future of the Alaska Marine Highway System ferry terminal in Prince Rupert, and encourages the Governor of Alaska to prioritize dialogue with the federal governments in both Canada and the US to resolve repairs at the Prince Rupert ferry terminal.”
Essentially the resolution calls those in power to support efforts to maintain and improve the ferry route and terminal at Prince Rupert, citing the importance of its relationship within the Southeast Alaska community.
“The Assembly calls on the Alaska Governor and Legislature,” the resolution reads, “to ensure adequate funding for the Alaska Marine Highway System's ferry route to Prince Rupert.”
Some formalities are also on the Assembly's Monday agenda.
These items are on the consent calendar, meaning they are not up for much debate or any public hearing: the formal appointment of a vice mayor, annual appointments to Assembly committees and appointments to the board of ethics.
During Monday's meeting, three public hearings also are on the agenda. Members of the public are welcome to sign up on a sheet and speak on these issues should they wish. The public hearings include:
• An ordinance declaring tax-foreclosed properties deeded to the borough not required for a public purpose, and authorizing the disposal method for certain tax-foreclosed properties by the real estate broker services agreement.
• An ordinance that would rezone lots 1, 2, and 3 located at 24 Shoup St. from a low-density residential zone to a medium-density residential zone.
• An ordinance appropriating $636,686 in federal and state grants and $52,887 from the commercial passenger vessel fund for one 35-foot Gillig bus, one paratransit vehicle, and fleet consistency equipment.
In addition to the three public hearings and resolution on reaffirming Ketchikan's ties to Prince Rupert, the Assembly is also expected to:
• Accept a $502,000 grant from the State of Alaska to offset fiscal year 2018 operating and maintenance costs at Ketchikan International Airport.
• Consider a resolution supporting congressional action to nullify the 2016 amendment to the Tongass Land Management Plan.
• Reimburse the Ketchikan School District $22,816.55 for a boiler repair.
• Consider a motion to excuse Assembly Member Alan Bailey from attending three or more consecutive Assembly meetings. The agenda item states that Bailey will be out of town, but he might try to teleconference in to the meetings.
• Hear a report from Borough Mayor David Landis as well as Borough Manager Ruben Duran.
Monday's meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly chambers, 1900 First Ave.
Time for public comment is scheduled at the beginning of the meeting.