MarijuanaThe Ketchikan City Council on Thursday night will consider two license applications for marijuana retail stores. One is The Stoney Moose located at 127 Stedman Street. The owner is listed as E&M Holdings, LLC, with Mark Woodward as the designated licensee.  The other retail store is Rainforest Cannabis located at 726 Water Street. The owners are Gary Croy, Jason Kolanko and Lorraine Kolanko. The state Marijuana Control Board approved both license applications, and notice was received by the borough clerk on November 2nd.

There will be a public hearing at the beginning of the meeting to consider a resolution amending the 2016 General Government Operating and Capital Budget to provide additional funds for two departments. The Fire Department is requesting $6,920 for operating supplies, safety program supplies, special protective clothing, training and education, and advertising.  Costs would be paid for through a grant from the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

The Museum department is seeking $235,750 to pay a portion of the Centennial Building Restroom Expansion capital improvement project. Funding would come from Commercial Passenger Vessel head taxes.

The council also will consider approving transfers from the 2016 budget for two departments that incurred overtime in excess of 85 percent of the original appropriation.  The fire chief is requesting a transfer of $52,500 from various accounts. In a letter to the city manager, the chief states that the main reasons for the overtime are because employees have taken more sick leave this year than last, and the department was unable to cover administrative leave for Paramedic Program students with temporary hires.

The Port and Harbors Department is seeking a transfer of $18,500 from the 2016 temporary wages account.  According to a memo from the port and harbors director, the overtime accumulated primarily because some port security and crossing guards departed prior to the end of the cruise season.

Also Thursday night, councilmember board and commission appointments will be made.

The meeting begins at 7 pm in City Council Chambers. There will be time for public comment at the start of the meeting.