New flags fly over Klondike Park
The Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, welcoming guests from the waterfront into Skagway, has three new flagpoles with a United States flag, an Alaska flag and a Canadian.
“You might have noticed the park has a flag pole for the first time in its 40-year history, right across the street from the Visitor’s Center,” Mike Tranel told Assembly Members during the regular meeting Dec. 1.
“[It] recognizes the international designation of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park from 1998.” he said. “It may present a new opportunity to how we do the Flag Day ceremony out there,” he said adding that the bronze stampede sculpture will be done by April 2017.
“We have to figure out the protocol for half-mast because the Canadian flag is at half-mast some days and the U.S. flag is at half-mast on other days. We are trying to get all of that figured out,” he said.
Senior Center RFP language changed, slightly
Assembly members voted to change some of the language in the request for proposals (RFP) for the Skaguay Community Activity Center and Senior Housing Complex as a call for architects to be creative in terms of the number and placement of the apartments.
The complex will be built located at 11th and Broadway. The facility will host senior lunches and other events. The plans call for five, one-bedroom apartments on the second floor, and one apartment, with adjoining efficiently unit for a possible assisted-living caretaker, on the first floor.
The new wording in the RFP reads: “The Municipality is open to new cost-effective designs, higher density apartment options and alternative layouts.”
A bond measure for $6 million for the complex passed by five votes in October.
“That just allows the Municipality to use debt-financing for the project,” Borough Manager Scott Hahn said.
During the regular Borough Assembly meeting on Dec. 1, Assembly Member Spencer Morgan said the new wording would “…allow us to get a little more bang for our buck.”
Meanwhile, members of the Senior Ad Hoc Committee continue to look for alternative sources of funding, such as grants.
The Senior Ad Hoc Committee will meet again on Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. in Assembly Chambers. The RFP will come back to the assembly for a second review at its Dec. 15 meeting.
Cruise ship passenger study update
The Assembly passed a motion for two studies on how Skagway spends cruise ship passenger taxes. This step updates the last study done eight years ago. The first study is to be done immediately and the next in two years. The borough plans to spend $7,500 on each study. The borough plans to pay cruise passenger taxes to finance the studies. – SA