KETCHIKAN  (KDN) — The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has a slim agenda for its first meeting of 2021, with no new business, unfinished business or public hearings scheduled for Monday.

Abner Hoage, the incident commander of the Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center, will update the Assembly on local COVID-19 response efforts and protocols near the start of the meeting.

The Assembly has two actions listed on its consent calendar in addition to the approval of the minutes of its Dec. 21 meeting. Items listed on the consent calendar are considered routine and will be approved all at once by one vote unless otherwise moved by an Assembly member.

First, the Assembly is set to ratify an amendment to its agreement with the State of Alaska that would give the state Department of Health and Social Services until Jan. 31 to enter necessary contracts for traveler testing. (That deadline is Dec. 31 under the current agreement; the state delayed the deadline “due to the significant amount of questions asked throughout the open proposal period,” according to the meeting agenda.)

Second, the Assembly would approve a correction to the term of office of Planning Commissioner Licha Kelley-King to indicate that Kelley-King’s term of office expires in 2022, not 2023. Kelley-King has no objections to the correction, according to the meeting agenda.

Monday’s meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Assembly chambers at 1900 First Ave. Members of the public can stream the meeting live on the borough's website at, or watch on KPU and GCI local channels.

To sign up to speak during the Citizen Comments portion of the meeting, members of the public may call the clerk's office before 3 p.m. on Monday. Written comments can be submitted to the borough clerk to be read into the record at

The meeting agenda can be read in full on the borough website at