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The Ketchikan City Council missed an opportunity for good public relations with the community earlier this month when it decided against operating a shuttle service to the Ted Ferry Civic Center for two popular arts events.

In other words, they want to rationalize it or don't want to talk about it at all.

Think projects

It's time to think capital projects.

Ketchikan, with its economic development attitude, thinks about projects most of the time.

But the borough clerk's office has started soliciting capital project requests from the public, nonprofits and municipalities for the FY 2016 Legislative Project Book.

Meetings to discuss a capital projects list will occur in August and September. By the end of September, a list will be forwarded to the governor in advance of budgeting for the next state-funding cycle.

The clerk's office will compile a booklet of the community's capital project requests. This booklet also is shared with the Legislature, and the content is the focus when community representatives lobby for state funding next February.

In most recent years, the city and borough, along with the City of Saxman, participated in establishing a list of the top priorities on the list. Disagreements over top priorities have created issues with that process. But this is a new year with what will be a new list; maybe all the municipalities can make a fresh start in working together.

In any case, all entities with projects of community benefit should be compiling information to be included on the list. The clerk's office has a form to be used for submitting funding requests.

To request a form through the borough's website, select "Departments" and then "Clerk's Office." "Community Capital Project Requests" is listed on the left of the page. Selecting "Community Capital Project Requests" produces another page. At the bottom of that page is a button which allows one to request a form from the clerk's office. The forms also are available at the clerk's office.

The forms to be included in the FY 2016 project book are due back to the clerk's office by Oct. 15.

That appears to be plenty of time. It is for those who get right on it. For those who delay, the deadline will be here awfully quick.