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Daily News Staff Writer

The Ketchikan City Council will hold its first regular meeting since Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The meeting is sandwiched by special budget council meetings this month, as the council aims to pass city and Ketchikan Public Utility budgets the week of Dec. 16.

Paramount on Thursday’s agenda is considering a resolution to appropriate roughly $2.5 million into Ketchikan’s Public Utilities Operating and Capital Budget to cover the costs associated with diesel generators used this fall to substitute for hydropower during the drought.

A public hearing will take place at the start of the meeting to address this resolution.

Due to coating failures on the deck and barge relating to Vigor Alaska LLC’s work on the Berth III barge overhaul project, there are two separate motions that would increase funding.

Port and Harbors Director Steve Corporon has requested about $280,000 to help cover Vigor Alaska LLC’s costs, and $77,556 for Moffatt & Nichol’s costs.

If both motions are approved, money would be transferred from the appropriated reserves of the Port Enterprise Fund to the Berth III improvements and barge overhaul capital accounts.

This would bring the collective cost of Vigor Alaska’s contract for Berth III barge overhaul and Moffatt & Nichol’s contract for the design of Berth III improvements and barge overhaul to just under $2.9 million.

An executive session could take place on the above Berth III project issues as per the recommendation of City Manager, Karl Amylon.

Amylon’s office also recommend an executive session to review retention and recruitment issues raised by the IBEW, Local 1547 members, which could lead to a reopening of the collective bargaining agreement between the union and the city.

Also on the agenda is the Old Fire Station No. 1. Councilmembers will decide what to do with the deteriorating building at 319 Main Stt.

On Nov. 1, representatives of Uncharted Alaska Distillery addressed the City Council proposing repurposing the fire station property as a commercial distillery.

However, for that to happen, the council must first decide whether to surplus the building or not according a memo from City Attorney Mitch Seaver to Amylon.

The Alaska Airline’s Essential Air Service Application is also on the agenda.

Essential Air Service is a federal program that was created after the federal Airline Deregulation Act of 1978. It ensures rural communities that had access to commercial air carriers before the act was passed to continue to have regularly scheduled service. The U.S. Department of Transportation grants contracts to airlines to serve these remote areas, subsidizing the airlines costs.

Alaska Airlines is applying to DOT for a contract serving the Southeast Alaskan communities of Cordova, Yakutat, Gustavus, Petersburg and Wrangell.

The airlines wrote an email to Amylon asking him to write a letter of support for their application to DOT. The council will decide whether to approve the request.

Other items on the agenda include a motion to renew the liquor license of 49er Bar and Liquor Store, and consideration of appointments to the Port and Harbors Advisory Board.

Eric Lunde and Andrew Mulder have both applied to serve on the Board.

The council is expected to grant a janitorial contract for the public library and approve a two percent cost-of-living wage increase to all non-represented city employees.

Also, the council will consider two more bids: a $268,635 public works bid by BAM LLC to remove rock retaining walls and extend the trestle on Grant Street. And a $150,000 bid by Kleinschmidt Associates to manage Federal Energy Regulatory licensing for the Beaver Falls Hydroelectric Project.

The City Council meeting is open to the public. It will take place 7 p.m. Thursday at the City Council chambers, 334 Front St. There is an entrance through a parking lot off of Main Street. There is time for public comment at the start of the meeting.