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Project funding request list back to Assembly

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly meets in regular session Monday evening. On the agenda yet again is the community project priority list.

The list of projects that the community hopes will receive state grant funding has been a contentious topic of discussion for more than a month. It was approved by a committee of representatives from the borough, the City of Saxman and the City of Ketchikan, and then was approved again by the Borough Assembly and the Saxman City Council.

The Ketchikan City Council, however, rejected the list because a majority of Council members felt that the city’s bridge replacement project should be higher up on the prioritized list.

The issue went back and forth several times, and on Friday, the committee met again and approved a non-prioritized list of projects. The City Council accepted that new list in a special meeting on Monday, but since then, Council Member Sam Bergeron asked for reconsideration of that action.

The Council won’t take up the issue again until its regular meeting on Thursday.

The Borough Assembly on Monday will review the non-prioritized list. Borough Manager Dan Bockhorst recommends approving it. That way, if the Council doesn’t change its vote on Thursday, the list can be submitted to the governor’s office Friday.

The Assembly meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Borough Assembly chambers. A time for public comment is at the start of the meeting.

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