Due to the size of the municipality’s brush pile, borough assembly members approved a draft lease of a wood chipper between the municipality and the White Pass and Yukon Route railroad for $3,100 a week.

Assemblyman Steve Burnham Jr. said rather than burning the brush, they should look for ways to chip it, preferably before the summer season when the pile will get even larger.

White Pass values their chipper at $90,000, and used chippers cost twice that much, Burnham said.

He said Public Works could likely get the job done in a week or less, with the municipality insuring the equipment.

While the municipality owns a chipper, Skagway Borough Manager Scott Hahn said it wouldn’t work well for what is needed.