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POW council to get borough study update

The Prince of Wales Island Community Advisory Committee will get an update Tuesday from Sheinberg Associates on a $30,000 borough formation study the Juneau-based company recently started.

The study kicked off on Oct. 29, and Sheinberg employees were given a list of questions to answer. Those questions relate to different types of boroughs that could be formed, the responsibilities a POW borough would be taking on, the effects of borough formation on the island’s schools, potential budgets, the amount of state land the new borough could select and the effects of borough formation on the island’s tribes.

A draft report is due January 15th, with a final study submitted April 22nd.

Also on Tuesday, the advisory council will vote on a resolution supporting prioritized transportation projects on the island. In order, the requested surface projects are repairs or upgrades to the Klawock-Hollis Highway, Kasaan Road, Hydaburg Road, Naukati Bay Road, North POW Road, Whale Pass Road, and Sandy Beach Road; plus a new road connecting Ratz Harbor and Eagle Creek.

Other projects listed in the resolution are improvements at Frank Peratrovich Airport, road access to mines and hydroelectric dams, expanded parking at the ferry terminal, a public transit system, and multi-use paths next to busy roads.

The POW advisory committee meets at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Klawock City Hall.

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