New appointments for assembly members
At the Oct. 20 meeting of the Skagway Borough Assembly, Mayor Mark Schaefer appointed newly elected member Orion Hanson to the Civic Affairs committee as well as Parks and Recreation, Public Works, Planning and Zoning and Health, Education & Welfare. Newly re-elected Assemblyman Tim Cochran was appointed Vice Mayor.
Senior Center plans continue
The Skagway Assembly discussed the next steps for the Senior Center, now that the bond measure for $6 million was voted in by a narrow margin. The Senior Center Ad Hoc Committee along with the Civic Affairs Committee will begin the next step of send out requests for proposals for an arborist, an architect and other experts needed for the preconstruction phase of the project. There is $350,000 in the budget set aside for this. Also, proposals for grant funding are also being drafted.
Port consultant contract details continue
Mayor Mark Schaefer appointed a steering committee to work out the details of the contract with Seattle-based port consultant Moffatt & Nichol. The company’s proposal was for more than $425,000, and Schaefer said that was too much for just doing a study.
“I think what the committee needs to do is get pretty hard-nose with them and work on the numbers, and get it to something that is more reasonable,” Schaefer said.
The committee includes Assembly members Steve Burnham Jr., Jay Burnham and Port Commission members John Tronrud and Tim Bourcy. The committee’s first meeting is Nov. 3.
Long Bay purchase passes final reading
The assembly will form a committee to discuss the use of Long Bay property. Members approved the purchase of the property, formerly owned by Bud Matthews. For the second reading, assembly members discussed ways to keep the property undeveloped and open for public use. Schaefer said he wanted it in writing that the land should not be turned into a “for-profit” development. The motion unanimously passed to purchase the property, using $800,000 from the land fund.
Skateboards on State Street discussed
As a point of “housekeeping,” the assembly voted 4 to 1 to make skateboarding on State Street a civil offense. This will put the state-owned street in compliance with state laws. Assemblyman Orion Hanson opposed the proposition saying that many people ride their skateboards as transportation to get to work.
Royal Canadian Mounties visit discussed
A visit and presentation on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride was discussed in a first reading and will be decided at the next meeting. Assembly members discussed different performance areas, possibly Broadway or Seven Pastures, and the lack of stable facilities for the horses. The Mounties are asking for $14,669, plus additional costs for the care of the horses.  – SA