Ketchikan’s Borough Meeting has determined to think about bringing a bond proposition ahead to enhance sports activities fields — in opposition to the recommendation of workers.
The meeting voted down a workers suggestion to postpone issuing $6.6 million in bonds till the spring of 2022..
Enhancing the fields was among the many capital priorities recognized for the borough final 12 months (Ketchikan Gateway Borough Sports Field Usage and Development Study). Nevertheless, meeting member McQuerry didn’t really feel this fall was the time to convey a bond proposition to voters, given the uncertainty whether or not cruise ships will return.
“And my very critical concern is that our group may very properly vote it down, which makes it even more durable to convey it again and move later.”
Meeting member A.J. Pierce agreed that it’s unsure when cruise ships will return and gross sales tax revenues enhance, however she doesn’t need to see the initiatives delayed any longer.
“Everyone knows that development prices don’t get cheaper by the 12 months. They get dearer. In order you postpone issues, issues get exponentially dearer.
Meeting member Jeremy Bynum argued that the COVID-19 pandemic had been robust on each the borough and on households. He stated the fields are vital in bringing again normalcy.
“These ball fields aren’t nearly baseball, they’re about our group. They’re about our youngsters. And it’s this time of 12 months once they need to get on the market and strengthen their friendships, and households get collectively. I feel it’s vital that we give the group a voice on this, and I don’t suppose that we should always postpone it.”
The vote was 2 – 5 with McQuerry and meeting member Austin Otos voting in favor of postponement.
The meeting opted to schedule a piece session at its subsequent common assembly to debate choices and contemplate placing a capital enchancment bond earlier than borough voters this fall.
In different enterprise, the meeting unanimously accredited, in first studying, an ordinance giving the borough supervisor extra flexibility in setting guidelines for when canines might be off-leash on the Weiss Fields. The ordinance will likely be introduced again for a public listening to and second studying on the meeting’s subsequent assembly on June 21.
The Meeting additionally accredited modifications to the junk automobile program, eradicating the minimal age requirement of 18 years, which prohibited 16- and 17-year previous motorists from taking part in this system, and making this system extra environment friendly. This system permits disposal of autos at no expense to the proprietor.
The meeting entered into government session to debate phrases of Borough Supervisor Ruben Duran’s contract. No official actions had been taken on the matter when the meeting returned to open session.