The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday will consider whether to approve the sale of 18 borough-owned parcels in the Mountain Point Subdivision.

In June of this year, the assembly adopted a resolution declaring the parcels surplus and authorizing their sale. The listing price for the 18 parcels was set at $145,500.  Only one offer was received. 

The proposal, submitted by developer Harlan Heaton, sets a purchase price of $10 per parcel, or a total of $180. Other conditions include that the borough retain title to the land for at least five years, that Heaton not pay property tax on the parcels until he also purchases lots in that area owned by Alaska Mental Health Trust, and that a Special Assessment District, or SAD, be established. That’s an agreement among all the property owners in the area, with the goal of building roads and utilities.

At its September 5th meeting, the assembly agreed to move forward with Heaton’s proposal, asking staff to bring back a negotiated agreement for review and approval.

Staff has expressed concerns including the purchase price, that Heaton has to purchase Alaska Mental Health Trust parcels, that a SAD be required to fund improvements, and that the borough pay for plat preparation and surveying.   

On the consent calendar, the assembly is set to approve a resolution prioritizing Revilla Coordinated Transportation Projects for FY2019.  The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities requires communities submit an annual priority list. This allows non-profits and governmental agencies to be eligible to apply for human service transportation grants that benefit people with disabilities, senior citizens and those with low income.

The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in Borough Assembly chambers in the White Cliff Building. There will be time for public comment at the start of the meeting.