The Ketchikan City Council will hear from PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center officials Thursday about how the local hospital plans to address issues regarding billing.

Complaints about billing are an ongoing issue for the hospital, and the council recently discussed whether to bring forward a local ordinance requiring more transparency in medical billing throughout the community.

Also Thursday, the council will vote in first reading on an ordinance that would limit the number of marijuana cultivation businesses to two within city limits, and ban marijuana product manufacturing.

That came up during the council’s last meeting, when there was concern about the location of a cultivation facility under development on the north end of city limits.

In other matters, the council will consider adding about $20,000 to its contract with consultants Moffatt and Nichol for additional planning work related to downtown dock expansion.

Representatives from the company will lead another round of public-input meetings on Jan. 31st, according to a memo from Port and Harbors Director Steve Corporon. Those meetings will focus on uplands improvements meant to accommodate additional summertime traffic and pedestrians expected as larger cruise ships visit the community.

The council meeting starts at 7 p.m. Thursday in city council chambers. Public comment will be heard at the start of the meeting.