CityofKetchikanThe Ketchikan City Council will consider action on the 2017 City of Ketchikan and Ketchikan Public Utilities budgets during its regular meeting Thursday.

The Council must approve both budgets by the end of the year, and with no more meetings planned this month, it’s likely Council members will finalize both budgets Thursday.

The Council has met in a series of special budget meetings for the past few weeks to review both spending plans, and has made some adjustments. The draft City of Ketchikan budget totals about $64 million; KPU’s is nearly $50 million.

Also Thursday, the Council will consider a motion formally transferring title of the Akeela-Gateway facility to Akeela, Inc. The city-owned building has been used by Akeela since 2010 to provide mental health and substance abuse services, with the understanding that the city eventually would transfer ownership.

If approved, the agreement calls for the facility to revert back to city ownership if Akeela ceases to operate it for those social service programs.

The Council also will consider accepting a $298,000 contract with Glacier State Contractors, Inc. to improve crosswalks downtown.

Thursday’s meeting starts at 7 p.m. in City Council chambers. Public comment will be heard at the start of the meeting.