The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday did not take up a motion to adopt a citizen request from former Assembly Member John Harrington to place a proposition on October’s borough ballot that, if approved, effectively would end the borough contract that funds about 40% of the Ketchikan Public Library’s operating budget.

Harrington explained during the public comment portion of the meeting that he and other non-areawide borough residents opposed a recent library event, Drag Queen Story Time, and felt that their concerns had not been heard by library administrators, City of Ketchikan officials and the Ketchikan City Council. The Ketchikan City Council discussed the event twice this month, and on Thursday night voted down a motion to cancel the event.

Harrington also has applied for an initiative petition from the borough to place the repeal of the borough’s non-areawide library powers on the October ballot. Borough staff still were reviewing his application as of Monday’s meeting. In order to place the question on the ballot by petition, Harrington would have to collect just shy of about 300 signatures, Borough Clerk Kacie Paxton estimated during Monday’s meeting.

Monday's Assembly meeting adjourned at 10:20 p.m. Also during the meeting, the Assembly scheduled a work session for the Aug. 1 Assembly meeting to review the borough’s community grant program.

Further coverage of Monday’s meeting will be published in a future edition of the Daily News.