Author: Daniel Fox

More money for ambulance approved

By DUSTIN STONE The assembly has approved a request from the Skagway Volunteer Fire Department for an extra $2,663 in the FY18 budget to be put toward the purchase of a new ambulance. The FY17 budget included $94,013 for this purpose, to be used in conjunction with a $70,000 grant from the Southeast Emergency Medical Services Council, but according to Fire Chief Jeremy Simmons, uncertainties surrounding the state budget held up the release of grant money until September 2016 and delayed purchase of the ambulance. During this waiting period, Simmons told the assembly, the cost of the same vehicle previously approved by the municipality, increased to $166,676 due to inflation. Because the ambulance will not be completed until FY18, Simmons asked that the additional amount needed to complete the purchase be added to the department’s upcoming budget request. The assembly voted unanimously to approve the...

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Voc. Ed building design moves forward

By DUSTIN STONE The Municipality of Skagway has awarded Architects of Alaska with a contract for the completion of  “a schematic design with preliminary plans, specification and cost estimate for a Vocational Education Building” at Skagway School. A request for proposals was sent out November 8, 2016 and, of the four responses received, Architects of Alaska’s proposal was given the highest score of 91 out of 100. This score was based on criteria including project understanding and approach, and firm resources and experience. The proposed building is intended to provide Skagway students not necessarily wishing to continue to a four-year university with vocational training in various potential technical fields like auto repair, plumbing and welding. The hope is that this would provide them with broader career options here at home, while concurrently strengthening Skagway’s economy by adding more skilled tradespeople to the job pool. The assembly voted four to one in favor of awarding the project to Architects of Alaska. The sole dissenting vote came from Assemblyman Orion Hanson, who stated that he did not disagree with the merit of the project, but doesn’t believe the municipality should add another large construction project to its growing debt. “We are at a dangerous threshold where our debt is about to exceed our reserves. How are we going to pay for it?” he asked. “It’s foolish to continue funding studies. When...

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River fill comments postponed till Feb. 2

The assembly has opted to wait until its next regular meeting before approving comments on a Pacific and Arctic Railway and Navigation Co. application, to the Army Corps of Engineers, requesting a permit to “discharge 15,000 cubic yards of gravel and 3,000 cubic yards of riprap fill material into 0.75 acres below the ordinary high water mark of the Skagway River.”

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CPV list includes more projects

The assembly voted unanimously to approve a resolution requesting additional Commercial Passenger Vessel excise tax funding totaling nearly $11 million for port infrastructure improvement projects.

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