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Borough Assembly to eye list of funding priorities

Legislative priorities are on the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly agenda for its regular meeting on Monday, and management has suggested some projects for the Assembly to consider.

The borough’s list of projects is not in any recommended order, so the Assembly will have to rank them if it decides to accept the list.

The first is a little more than $7 million in improvements at Ketchikan Shipyard, including electrical upgrades and a ship transfer system. Next up is nearly $14 million for the planned Ward Cove ferry terminal and layup facility project, which the borough is working on with the state Department of Transportation.

Also on the list is funding for improvements at Ketchikan International Airport, the Ketchikan Medical Center’s planned renovation project, construction of the OceansAlaska hatchery, and increasing capacity at Swan Lake hydroelectric dam.

The community’s priority list is used for lobbying the governor and Legislature each year. It is put together by a Lobbying Executive Committee that includes representatives from the City of Ketchikan, the City of Saxman and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough. That committee’s first meeting is Aug. 30th.

Monday’s Assembly 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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