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Ordinance would require S. Tongass water hookup

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday will consider an ordinance that, if adopted, would require all new-built homes within the South Tongass Service Area to connect to the public water system, if built within 300 feet of a water main.

The ordinance, which is scheduled for introduction only on Monday, also would require existing homes in that service area to connect if sold. But that requirement would not apply if a home were sold to an immediate family member.

According to the borough, the ordinance allows property owners to appeal the requirement if the site makes hooking up to the system impractical.

If the ordinance passes on Monday, it will come back to the Assembly for a public hearing before it can be adopted.

Also Monday, the Assembly has scheduled a public hearing and second vote on an ordinance to spend an additional $150,000 for the borough’s lawsuit over state education funding. That amount is expected to pay for lawsuit-related costs through the end of June.

The 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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