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POW committee to talk issues with Ketchikan reps

The Prince of Wales Island Community Advisory Committee meets Tuesday, and on the agenda is a discussion with Ketchikan Gateway Borough officials about issues of mutual concern.

Assistant Borough Manager Cynna Gubatayao, Planning Commission Member John Harrington and Planning Department Clerk Alethea Johnson will fly to the big island that morning. One of the potential topics is a proposed tax-free initiative for POW residents who come to Ketchikan to shop.

The borough attorney has said that proposal would not be fair to residents of other nearby islands, including Metlakatla.

Other possible discussions include mariculture, mining, tourism, locally sourced food, education funding, shipping, energy and Forest Service policies. According to a memo from Harrington, the Borough Assembly has invited POW officials to visit Ketchikan, as well.

Also Tuesday, POWCAC members will consider a resolution setting transportation priorities for 2014. The priorities include improvements to various roads, as well as construction of roads to access Reynolds Creek, Niblack and Bokan Mountain mine sites.

The advisory group also will continue consideration of a borough formation study.

The POWCAC meeting starts at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Hollis Fire Hall.

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