The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday could be headed toward a short meeting, with no new or unfinished business and just three public hearings on its agenda.
The first public hearing is for Ordinance 1963, which would appropriate money from two state water project loans the Assembly unanimously approved at its Nov. 1 meeting.
More specifically, the ordinance would appropriate $300,000 for a master plan for the South Tongass Water System and for design of a water storage tank for the Ravenwood neighborhood, and would appropriate $100,000 from the borough's Wastewater Enterprise Fund for an infiltration and inflow study of the Mountain Point Wastewater System.
Field bond design work
Next, the Assembly once more will consider appropriating $500,000 from the General Fund to pay for design and engineering work for improvements to Norman Walker and Drency Dudley fields, an action it unanimously approved at its Nov. 1 meeting.
Borough voters in October opted to have the borough issue $6.6 million in bonds to pay for improvements to Walker and Dudley fields, as well as to the field near Houghtaling Elementary School.
The preliminary work would "enable more substantive construction work during the next construction cycle," per the agenda.
The $500,000 would be reimbursed upon the issuance of the fields bond, expected in the spring of 2022, according to the agenda.
A companion item is listed on the Assembly's consent calendar: a motion to award a $49,870 sole source contract to R&M Engineering to perform architectural and engineering services for the Walker Field improvements, plus an additional 15% for "project design contingencies," bringing the total cost to $57,350.
"Based on industry standard costs for design and engineering services, staff could expect to pay upwards of $350,000, or 10-15% of the total project cost," the agenda explains, but R&M is offering to provide the civil engineering work for the project pro bono, the agenda notes — hence the low cost.
Money for the contract would come from the aforementioned $500,000 design work appropriation; "failure or deferral of that action will dictate the process for this (contract) award," the agenda states.
Revenue replacement appropriation
Monday's final public hearing is on another ordinance the Assembly unanimously approved at its Nov. 1 meeting.
Ordinance 1965 would appropriate $1.3 million from various borough funds for maintenance and capital improvement projects in order to use federal COVID-19 relief money to replace the borough's lost revenues.
The appropriation would fund improvements and construction projects across the borough, including at South Point Higgins Beach, the Gateway Recreation Center, the Shane Howard White Skate Park, the Rotary Beach Playground and on the Rainbird Trail.
FTA operating grant
Other than approval of the minutes from the Assembly's Nov. 1 meeting and the R&M contract, just one other item is listed on the Assembly's consent calendar: a motion to authorize the application for and acceptance of the Federal Transit Administration's Section 5311 Non-urbanized Area Grant.
The FTA's Section 5311 grant has subsidized the borough Transit Department's operations for the past 16 fiscal years, according to the meeting agenda. For the current fiscal year, the Transit Department received $1.1 million from the fund.
"If approved, Resolution 2916 authorizes staff to apply for, and accept the funding (if it is awarded) when it becomes available July 1, 2022," the agenda explains. "The appropriation of any grant funds awarded, and the local match, will be included in the proposed Fiscal Year 2023 Borough budget."
Closing out the meeting, the Assembly will enter an executive session to discuss strategy for labor negotiations with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots; the Alaska Public Employees Association/AFT; and the Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific.
Monday's Assembly meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Assembly chambers at 1900 First Ave. There will be time for public comment near the start of the meeting.
The meeting agenda can be read in full on the borough website at kgbak.us.