The Ketchikan City Council will hold a public hearing Thursday on a resolution that would amend the Ketchikan Public Utilities Water Division budget, appropriating $618,000 to pay for work on the city’s water system.
The work is related to an adjustment to the new water disinfection system, which just went on line last spring. The new system was supposed to reduce the levels of regulated byproducts in city water, but the levels didn’t drop enough. CH2M Hill consultants say the adjustment will fix the problem.
CH2M Hill also is leading a study of the city’s primary water source, which has high levels of coliform bacteria – an issue that’s not related to the byproducts problem.
Also included in that appropriation is about $140,000 to Dawson Construction for construction services.
In other matters, the City Council will consider a request from Ketchikan Fight Club organizers to remove a requirement that the Fight Club pay for police officers to monitor the organization’s events at the Ted Ferry Civic Center.
Fight Club officials told the city that it’s an expensive requirement, and police haven’t needed to arrest anyone. Police Chief Alan Bengaard wrote in a memo that officers have intervened in arguments and removed people who were overly intoxicated.
The City Council meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Council chambers. Public comment will be heard at the start of the meeting.