The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday will review a resolution to overhaul and improve the borough's 20-year-old junk vehicle voucher program.
Through the program, the borough disposes of about 130 vehicles annually. Each disposal costs the borough $185, for an annual cost of $24,050.
Resolution 2894, on Monday's consent calendar, would fix several deficiencies in the program and make it more accessible to the community.
In the program's current form, motorists must be at least 18 years old to dispose of a vehicle through the program. The resolution would eliminate that requirement to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to take advantage of the program.
The proposed resolution also would eliminate a 30-day residency requirement and a requirement that users show proof of residency, "thereby eliminating an administrative burden that frequently results in applicants having to make additional trips to secure such evidence," the agenda explains.
The program as it stands also does not define which vehicles are eligible to be disposed through the program. Resolution 2894 would explicitly state that recreational and commercial vehicles, residential motor homes and trailered boats do not qualify for disposal through the program — though if they need to be disposed, "the services may be procured separately from the Junk Vehicle Voucher program," according to the agenda.
On that subject, the resolution would give the borough Public Works director discretion in deciding which vehicles qualify for the program.
Finally, Resolution 2894 would allow property owners to dispose of multiple vehicles in one year. The current program only allows one vehicle to be disposed of per person per year.
Applicants still would need to use forms approved by the Public Works department for the disposal, and would need to transport the vehicles, "free of garbage or rubbish," at their own expense, the agenda notes.
With $50,000 budgeted for the program annually, "any impact resulting from adoption of Resolution 2894 will be indiscernible to the budgeted funds," according to the agenda.
Monday's 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.
Monday's meeting agenda can be read in full on the borough website at bit.ly/3pkRP2J.