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Council to look at urgent repair

Daily News Staff Writer

At Monday's Ketchikan City Council meeting the council will look at declaring the recent water main break on Schoenbar Road and its repair as a public emergency.

The leak discovered June 23 was the second failure within the past eight months to the water transmission main. The 36-inch line from the chlorination plant to the UV disinfection facility provides the sole water supply for the entire city, according to a memo written by Water Division Manager John Kleinegger.

The city is looking at replacing additional sections of the transmission line to prevent future leaks. Declaring the break a public emergency would enable city staff to award contracts without going through the competitive bidding process.

Also on the agenda, the council will look at approving the first reading of a city ordinance that would prohibit rental of "micromobility devices," such as electric bicycles and scooters.

The ordinance would ban "micromobility providers" in the city until the end of January 2020.

The rationale behind this ordinance comes from council concern over pedestrian traffic flow and safety, as well as the concern of such devices being abandoned on public and private property.

Another motion in front of the council would amend a current contract with Moffatt & Nichol for roughly $10,000 to cover additional permitting work associated with the rock pinnacle removal in Tongass Narrows.

The earliest a bid opening could take place for the project is July 23, according to a memo to the city from Port & Harbors Director Steve Corporon.

There also is a motion on the agenda for a request for funding from the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities council in the amount of $3,220 to cover the design and production costs of a new community flag. A similar motion for the same amount of funding was voted down 4-3 by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on July 1.

Approval of another motion on Monday would allow the five-member local Red Cross to have office and storage space at the Ketchikan Fire Department. In a memo to the city from KFD Fire Chief Abner Hoage, he said this is a natural fit as the KFD works closely with the Red Cross as it responds to requests for assistance following fires and other disasters.

Looking ahead, the council will have two special city council meetings this month.

On July 10, at 6 p.m. at the Ted Ferry Civic Center Luis Ajamil of Bermello, Ajamil and Partners, Inc. will present on the request for proposal process for city port expansion and uplands improvement projects.

On July 17, Doug Johnson of Ralph Andersen & Associates will present to the council on the update of a City of Ketchikan and KPU compensation plan.