Assembly members agreed to send a letter written by Marine Highway Ad Hoc committee chair Jan Wrentmore to Gov. Bill Walker inquiring as to the status of the ferry float refurbishment project.
Construction on the float could mean a lack of ferry service for Skagway during the winter months. To alleviate the stress of fewer runs, Wrentmore and assembly members discussed alternatives.
If the project were delayed to next winter, the Alaska Marine Highway could possibly utilize the M/V Kennicott. But the Kennicott is expensive and not a preferred vessel.
While an RFP has yet to be advertised, the job has been announced. Lobbyist John Walsh said the fact that the project is being advertised indicates that the state is getting ready to put the project into play.
“We would request that they let us know, they talk about their plans with us before they go out to that bid because we don’t want it to pop up on the procurement page, and we have no idea what they’re proposing,” Wrentmore said.
Walsh said now might be a good time for the assembly to raise its hand and ask their questions.
The assembly unanimously agreed to send Wrentmore’s letter and ask for a status update, as well as thoughts on postponing the project.
Update: Skagway Borough Assembly is requesting resident feedback regarding the best time of year for a two-and-a-half-month ferry dock closure. There are three closure options: summer of 2017 between June and August, fall of 2017 between September and November, or spring of 2018 between February and April. The meeting is set for for Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 5 p.m. in Assembly Chamber.