Commercial vehicle parking ordinance
The assembly heard an ordinance that would restrict the parking of commercial passenger vehicles at any time in residential districts of Skagway.
The assembly asked police chief Ray Leggett to speak on how the ordinance would work with pre-existing permits and ordinances in town.
Leggett explained that he was working with planning and zoning to figure out the definitions and work with the ordinance to take into account for people who have a break.
“If you go by weight limit and someone uses their truck for work, there are three pickups that are over 10,000 pounds. They can’t park at a house unless they go up on a driveway,” Leggett said.
Assemblyman Orion Hanson noted that there were already codes in place for commercial passenger vehicles and for overnight vehicles.
Vice-mayor Tim Cochran noted that the ordinance was confusing and hard to enforce.
“By putting this 10,000 pounds or more in, it makes it a little confusing,” Cochran said.
Cochran noted that there used to be issues with the coach buses boarding and loading near the residential areas.
Assemblyman Jay Burnham said that the ordinance was mainly to prevent big buses parking in the general business and residential areas.
“(The ordinance) seems like it’s just to keep big buses from blocking roadways,” Burnham said.
Assemblymen Dan Henry and David Brena both said that were issues with the language of the ordinance. Assemblyman Steve Burnham proposed that the ordinance should be sent to another department to redraft it based on its intent.
The assembly voted unanimously to postpone the ordinance until the language could be revised.
Paid fire chief position
The assembly invited a discussion on an ordinance that would make the fire chief a paid position for the Borough of Skagway.
Currently, all members of the Skagway Fire Department, including the chief, are volunteer positions.
Vice-mayor Tim Cochran noted that the finance committee felt there wasn’t enough information.
“I don’t see any sort of outline or documentation to the direction we’re going other than a select committee will choose a fire chief,” assemblyman Steve Burnham said.
Burnham also noted that it wouldn’t solve the issue of the lack of response as the rest of the staff would still be volunteer. He pushed that if the first reading was passed, to delay the second reading until there was an assembly approved plan.
Assemblyman David Brena agreed the paid position wouldn’t be an adequate position and suggested suspending the motion until a more comprehensive plan is inclueded
Assembly Orion Hanson said that the position would help to to creat a clear chain of command and to ease issues between volunteer and paid personnel
“There needs to be clear chain of who is responsible for what,” Hanson said.
Hanson did note that he had no issue in postponing until there was a more complete ordinance detailing duties and chain of command.
Assemblyman Dan Henry noted that most of the fire department in attendance at the meeting expressed a desire to go back to a paid fire chief. He continued to say that the ordinance was mainly to get a job posting listed and advertised.
The ordinance passed first reading 4-2.
Mineral Roundup in Vancouver
The assembly announced that assemblymen Jay Burnham and Orion Hanson will be attending the Association for Mineral Exploration Roundup at the end of January in Vancouver.
The conference is for those involved in facets of the mineral exploration and development industry.
Burnham and Hanson will attend as representatives of Skagway with information about the Port of Skagway.
Marine Highway concerns
Jan Wrentmore, of the Skagway Marine Highway Ad Hoc Committee, spoke about concerns with the new ferry route.
Wrentmore, and other members of the Marine Highway Ad Hoc Committee, were concerned that, without housing on the new ships in the Lynn Canal, they will not be able to run the triangle shaped route that the current ships do.
“We’re concerned about it, but we can speculate until the cows come home, but until they propose a schedule we don’t have any information.
Wrentmore noted that she and Dennis Bousson would be prepared to advise on the new schedule when it releases.
New 911 system in place
Police Chief Ray Leggett spoke before the assembly about a new 911 system in place for Skagway residents.
Leggett announced that Skagway had officially tested and deployed an enhanced 911 system.
“It’s fully functional, works with cell phones and we’ve tested it,” Leggett said.
Leggett said although addresses still need to be added into the system, it’s working and ready for use.
“It’s been a long time coming,” vice-mayor Tim Cochran remarked on hearing the news.
Liquor licenses renewed, granted
Glacier Lounge, Gold Rush Restaurant and Skagway Spirits all put forth a renewal request to the assembly for their liquor licenses. All three received renewals unanimously.
Skagway Brewing Co., Mexi Co. and Smokehouse all sought approval of the assembly for new licenses. All three businesses were approved unanimously.
In addition, the assembly approved the restaurant designation for Mexi. Co. and Smokehouse unaninmously.
Approval of FY18 financial statements
The assembly heard a motion to approve the draft of the 2018 fiscal year statements.
The drafts was reviewed by auditors who found no areas of concern.
The assembly approved the draft statement unanimously.
2030 comprehensive plan
The assembly finished the consideration of the 2030 comprehensive plan proposal put together by Sheinberg and associates.
In previous meetings, the assembly had discussed Sheinberg’s proposal, which was budgeted at $80,000.
The proposal was approved unanimously.
Budget changes on water department sewer jet and vacuum
The assembly heard an ordinance recommended from the finance committee to amend the fiscal budget due to the increased cost of a sewer jet and vacuum to be used by the water department.
The cost for the items came in $17,000 more than had been set side, mainly due to issues with freight, according to assemblyman Orion Hanson.
“These are imperative tools that the sewer and water department use every year, on obstructions on the sewer line and clearing out outhouses,” Hanson said.
The assembly voted to approve the ordinance unanimously.