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By ALAINA BARTEL
Daily News Staff Writer
The City of Ketchikan Port & Harbors Department and Moffatt & Nichol will host two public work sessions from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 pm. on Wednesday in City Council Chambers at 334 Front St.
The work sessions will be to discuss the fifth contract awarded to the company in April in support of planning and design of port improvements. The contract is for the initial planning of upland improvements to “accommodate the additional pedestrian and vehicular traffic that will accompany the expected larger cruise vessels in the coming years,” according to a memo from Port & Harbors Director Steve Corporon to City Manager Karl Amylon.
A status report from Moffatt & Nichol states the first work session held on Sept. 20 had 40 participants, who were brought up to speed on the goals and objectives of the upland planning effort.
The public brought several ideas for upland planning improvements to the meeting. Notes from that work session detail some of those suggestions, which include: Elevated crossing areas on Berth 4, innovative wayfinding on Berth 3, such as painted lines, and rain shelters on Berth 1 but not enough to discourage shopping.
After the first public work session, the company prepared a revised set of planning options for each area. Information from Moffatt & Nichol states the second work session will give the public a chance to review and comment on refined concepts and ideas for landside areas, building on the work and initial options explored during the first public work session.
During the upcoming meetings, the public will be given a project overview and there will be time for discussion. The status report from Moffatt & Nichol states a “synopsis of work completed to date as well as public feedback received, will be provided to the City Council” at its meeting on Nov. 21.
The report goes on to say that a final presentation for the upland planning project for the City of Ketchikan Port & Harbors Department and City Council is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 19.
“Dates presented may be updated based on ongoing design and engineering effort for improvements and lengthening of Berths 1 and 2,” the report from Moffatt & Nichol states.
On Oct. 19, the City Council awarded a separate contract to the company to proceed with designs for the expansion of Berths 1 and 2 to accommodate larger cruise ships that will be in Ketchikan by 2019.