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Revilla-side airport parking fee on Assembly agenda

Ketchikan residents will pay to park on the Revilla side of the airport ferry this summer, if all goes as planned.

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly will consider an ordinance Monday establishing a new $1-per-day fee to park in what has been a free parking lot. The ordinance must be approved in two readings, and Monday’s will be the first.

A request for proposals went out April 10 for contractors to install a metered parking system. According to the borough, a contract likely will come to the Assembly for approval on May 6. The pay stations should be ready for operation by July 1.

Also on Monday, the Assembly will vote on a motion to reconsider a vote from its last meeting. On April 1, the Assembly rejected a request to rezone a parcel in Herring Cove from residential to commercial.

The applicant wanted to offer items for sale to the many tourists who visit the area each summer, but at least one neighbor strongly objected, citing a potential increase in congestion.

Assembly Members Todd Phillips and Bill Rotecki asked for the reconsideration. In the request, they said the applicant was ill and unable to attend the last meeting. They wanted him to have the opportunity to make his case to the Assembly.

Monday’s meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. in Borough Assembly chambers at the White Cliff building. Public comment will be heard at the start of the meeting.

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