The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday postponed action on a proposed dispatch service agreement with the City of Ketchikan after learning that the North Tongass Fire and Emergency Medical Services Service Area Board postponed action on the agreement for a later date.
The proposed agreement would have increased the rate at which the city would charge the borough for dispatch services.
“Staff learned this morning that the Board postponed its action on the agreement to allow for further review by board members,” stated a memo from Borough Clerk Kacie Paxton to the Assembly. “Staff is recommending that the Assembly postpone consideration of the agreement until the second meeting of October to allow additional time for the Board to make its recommendation to the Assembly.”
The Assembly unanimously approved the motion to postpone action on the agreement.
Beyond that action, the Assembly unanimously approved all other items on its agenda as written, including hearing a presentation from Saxman Administrator Lori Richmond about a proposed plan to expand and develop Saxman, in particular with respect to proposed facilities and attractions that would be targeted to tourists. Chris Mertle, a representative from Corvis Design Group, did not participate in the meeting to help present the plan.
Borough Manager Ruben Duran during his remarks to the Assembly said he was sad to hear that former Ketchikan City Manager Karl Amylon died on Wednesday. He noted that he and Amylon began working in local government at the same time, albeit in different places across the country.
Though he only got to know Amylon within the past five years, Duran was saddened to hear of his passing.
“Quite frankly, I will miss him,” said Duran.
Finally, before entering an executive session regarding upcoming labor negotiations with four unions in the borough, Board Member Sven Westergard gave his last comments as a board member before his seat is filled after the Oct. 5 borough election. (Westergard will be a member of the board for two more meetings, but he explained Monday that he will be entirely absent from the first of those meetings and will not be able to attend the second half of the second meeting, when Assembly members share comments.)
“Thank you guys. It’s been a real honor,” said Westergard, who also praised Paxton’s work as borough clerk in his brief remarks.
Regarding his time in office, he concluded: “If a fat, dumb Norwegian kid can come up here and do this thing, anybody else can. So run for office and vote!”