The Ketchikan City Council in its regular meeting Thursday will consider a resolution honoring former City of Ketchikan and Ketchikan Public Utilities Manager Karl Amylon, who retired on Aug. 31.
Included in the meeting agenda in addition to the resolution are several letters outlining Amylon’s achievements and skills noted over his 26-year career as manager.
The resolution notes that Amylon started his career in municipal management as a manager for Watertown, New York, for more than 11 years before taking on the Ketchikan city manager job in 1995. The City Council appointed Amylon as manager of Ketchikan Public Utilities in 1999.
Also noted in the resolution is that Amylon brought to his dual managerial role “consistency, efficiency, collaboration and shared priorities” as he oversaw both the city’s and KPU’s business.
The document lists some of Amylon’s major successes as: the PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center renovation; construction of the KPU UV water disinfection facility; construction of the new fire station downtown, as well as the new Ketchikan Public Library building and the Ted Ferry Civic Center; construction of the Whitman Lake dam hydroelectric facility; the annexation of the Shoreline Service Area; and the construction of the Port of Ketchikan’s Berth 3.
Amylon also was at the forefront of many economic development initiatives, such as partnering with the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority and Vigor for the promotion and improvement of the Ketchikan Shipyard and the work to form the Southeast Alaska Power Agency, according to the resolution.
Amylon also was a “steadfast leader” during challenging times presented by the closure of the Ketchikan Pulp Mill and the COVID-19 pandemic.
The resolution and the many letters written by city staff and officials honoring Amylon mentioned his skill at choosing excellent department managers and allowing them to flourish under his leadership.
Tongass Historical Museum Director Anita Maxwell wrote, “Karl’s depth of understanding of the nuances and competing factors of each decision was matched by his dedication to the community as a whole.
“I have never worked with someone who was better able to so skillfully navigate constant change than Karl,” Maxwell wrote. “His steady and quiet leadership gave others the room to be successful. He will be greatly missed.”
City of Ketchikan Mayor Bob Sivertsen wrote that “Karl built an unbelievable team of employees, hiring the right people in the right positions to move the community forward, Karl managed and navigated many complex regulatory issues over his career.
“He worked with other governmental agencies always to the benefit of the community,” Sivertsen wrote. “He supported many nonprofit efforts be it the arts or humanitarian efforts. He steered the community through droughts, floods, storms, pandemics and economic disasters with dedication and authority never shrinking from the challenge.”
Also during Thursday’s meeting, the council is set to hear the Ketchikan Medical Center quarterly presentation from PeaceHealth KMC Chief Administrative Officer Dori Stevens.
Topics planned to be covered include cyber security preparations, caregiver engagement work, security assessment, COVID-19 surge plan updates, emergency department flow metrics and recruitment updates.
The slides prepared for the presentation can be found attached to the agenda at www.ktn-ak.us/current-agendas-and-minutes.
Under the consent calendar portion of the council’s agenda, in which items may be approved without discussion, is a request to extend the contract time for a project to replace the roof of the KPU Electric Division warehouse.
The contract with Marble Construction was made with KPU on June 8, according to a memo written by Principal Project Engineer Jennifer Holstrom.
The original project schedule was based on an estimated lead time of materials procurement of six weeks, she wrote. Due to “industry-wide delays in shipping,” the council will be asked to approve an extension of the completion date from Sept. 15 to Oct. 12.
The change order does not ask for additional money in addition to the original contract amount of $142,000.
Other items for council consideration on Thursday’s meeting agenda include:
• A request for a $50,000 budget transfer within the city’s Streets Division to purchase sand and de-icer for the upcoming winter season. According to a memo written by Streets Division Supervisor Joe Nall, the funds are available within the department’s budget due to the division hiring no additional temporary laborers this summer.
• A discussion item added by Mayor Sivertsen concerning the return of council meetings to the City Hall chambers. The council has been meeting either virtually or in the Ted Ferry Civic Center since the start of the pandemic to ensure safe social distancing.
The City Council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, at the Ted Ferry Civic Center.
The meeting can be viewed live via the KPU cable television service, on the City of Ketchikan YouTube channel, on the City of Ketchikan’s Facebook page and also on the City of Ketchikan website at http://www.ktn-ak.us/current-agendas-and-minutes.