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By MATT ARMSTRONG
Daily News Staff Writer
The City of Ketchikan, in an attempt to alleviate parking issues for large events at the Ted Ferry Civic Center, will approach Cape Fox Lodge about the city making improvements to an unpaved patch of land that’s owned by the lodge.
Council Member Judy Zenge wanted the council to discuss the issue following the council’s vote in January to not fund a $1,350 shuttle service between the Centennial Building and civic center for the 2017 Wearable Art Show, held earlier this month.
“Seeing as this is an ongoing problem, would it benefit us to approach (Cape Fox) to see if we (could) pave it and use it?” Zenge said during Thursday’s meeting. “ ... Even though we’re going to use our own equipment, we’re going to use our own people, there’s still a cost associated with that, right? And then we’re going to have to do that every year. I’d like to know what that is versus the cost of the bus for those couple of events.”
Council Member Bob Sivertsen agreed that it would be a conversation worth having, and that the city likely could use its own workers and resources to make improvements if Cape Fox was open to the idea.
Alice Nelson, the civic center manager, prepared a list of annual events with potential parking issues for the council. There were 16 events — some with multiple performances or dates — on the list.
There are about 150 paved parking spaces — divided between two parking lots — at the civic center, according to Nelson.
Council Member Dave Kiffer, however, said the unpaved area is already used for parking during large events.
“It’s pretty much full, too,” Kiffer said. “ ... I’m not sure if, at this point, even if you paved that third lot (that) you’d be able to fit things like the Wearable Art Show and Winter Arts Faire.”
Kiffer later added that he doesn’t think it unreasonable for the city to provide transportation service to the civic center for the two or three annual events that run into parking issues.
Fixing up the third lot is the way to go for Council Members Dick Coose and Julie Isom, with Coose claiming that the events that need extra parking are “big money makers” for the organizations putting them on.
“If they can’t take one or two grand out of their pocket (for a bus service), I’ve got no sympathy, I’m sorry,” Coose said. “They can get it done.”
City staff will contact Cape Fox about potential improvements to the unpaved lot.
Also at the meeting, the council:
• Voted 6-1 to approve the first reading of an ordinance that would add a chapter to the Ketchikan Municipal Code prohibiting electric personal assisted mobility devices — Segways — in parts of downtown and Newtown. The ordinance — which will come back to the council for second reading and final approval at a future meeting — does not restrict electric or motorized wheelchairs and power chairs. Coose voted against the ordinance.
• Voted 7-0 to provide $380,407 in community agency grant funding for 17 local organizations in 2017.
• Voted 7-0 to award a $799,975 contract — the $727,250 bid amount, plus a $72,725 contingency — to Secon for pavement overlay-surface repair work on Main Street, Bawden Street and Spruce Mill Way.
• Voted 7-0 to award a $637,950 contract — the $579,950 bid, plus a $58,000 contingency — to Moffatt & Nichol for berths 1 and 2 rehabilitation work, which includes installation of bollards and light pole work.
• Voted 7-0 approve on first reading an ordinance adding a section titled “Program for performing artists” to the Ketchikan Municipal Code. The council previously budgeted $15,000 for 2017 to fund a weekly arts series at the Port of Ketchikan — modeled after the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport’s Experience the City of Music Program — in an effort to showcase local musical talent for cruise ship passengers.
• Voted 5-2 to award a three-year contract to Missouri-based Directory Publishing Solutions Inc. for publication of the Ketchikan phonebook. The dollar amount of the contract depends on ad revenue generated by DPS. Isom and Council Member Janalee Gage voted against award of the contract.
• Postponed significant discussion and action on two items — implementation of a $1 per pack excise tax on cigarettes sold inside the City of Ketchikan and on exempting the first $600 or more of rent from sales tax — until after the city and Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s Cooperative Relations Committee meeting in March.
The council also voted 7-0 to approve several items on its consent agenda, including:
• A motion to exempt the procurement of professional engineering services for the design of the second phase of the Tongass Avenue sanitary sewer force main replacement and rehabilitation project from the competitive bidding and written quotation requirements of the Ketchikan Municipal Code, and to authorize the procurement of those services from Stephl Engineering LLC for $70,000. The motion also established a $7,000 contingency, bringing the total project cost to $77,000.
• A $1,000 budget transfer to partially fund the commissioning ceremony and activities for the U.S. Coast Guard cutter John McCormick.
• Liquor license renewals for Cape Fox Lodge and Fish Pirate’s Saloon.
The council also had two executive sessions scheduled for the end of its meeting — one to discuss issues related to survey and title questions concerning the PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center expansion project and the other to discuss pending litigation in a malicious prosecution and false arrest lawsuit filed against the Ketchikan Police Department. No action was scheduled following either session.
The Ketchikan City Council next meets at 7 p.m. March 2 in City Hall. There will be time for public comment at the start of the meeting.