The Ketchikan City Council on Thursday will discuss plans to fix the city’s Berth 3, which was severely damaged on June 3rd when the cruise ship Infinity hit the downtown dock.
The Council will vote on a request to declare the accident an emergency, which allows the city to move forward with repairs more quickly than usual. City Manager Karl Amylon also has asked the Council to approve a repair contract for just under a million dollars with Turnagain Marine Construction.
Amylon already has awarded the contract, which is allowed for emergencies under city code. His office also hired a firm to do the initial assessment, and a local contractor to help stabilize the berth immediately following the accident, which knocked a large section of the structure into the water.
The city has estimated total costs of repairs at $2 to $3 million. Amylon writes in a memo to the Council that the city’s insurance will cover the cost of repairs and the loss of revenue from port fees.
Repairs are expected to be completed July 5th.
Also on Thursday, the Council has an executive session scheduled to discuss possible litigation related to the crash.
Also on Thursday, the Council will vote in second reading on an ordinance that calls for a 5-percent sales tax on all marijuana products sold within city limits. That tax would be in addition to the city’s regular sales tax of 4 percent.
The Council meeting starts at 7 p.m. in City Council chambers. Public comment will be heard at the start of the meeting.