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7/23/2013
Legislative liaison

Ketchikan is readying for the next round of legislative lobbying, as well it should.

No time like the present to begin to prepare a capital projects priority list for Ketchikan and Saxman.

The first step is to look at last session's list and consider projects left unfunded. Secondly, new projects will be added, and the priorities will shift as one project becomes more necessary than another.

The clerk's office in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough organizes the work of the Ketchikan Legislative Liaison at the direction of the Borough Assembly.

In addition to the borough, both cities and several local civic organizations, such as the Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce, participate in composing a comprehensive compilation of local-area projects. Representatives of the elected bodies define the top priorities.

The liaison committee will begin meeting at the end of August. By Oct. 15, all capital-project requests will be submitted to the clerk. Those requests will be reviewed by the liaison's executive committee, consisting of elected representatives, in November. The borough will give a copy of the capital project booklet to the governor and legislators.

Then, cross thy fingers and start to lobby the powers that be in Juneau.

So, if you've got a project that needs funding and it's appropriate the state contribute, it's time to start thinking and planning to show up at the liaison meetings. Those who show up will decide what comes first on the priority list; it could be your project.