The Ketchikan City Council has a busy agenda Thursday night.
The council will consider whether to approve an application for a marijuana testing facility license for PEAK ANALYTICAL, LLC. The facility would offer potency, microbial and residual solvent testing of cannabis products. It would not sell, distribute or transfer any marijuana or marijuana product, nor allow consumption on its premises.
The licensee is Kara Jurczak. According to the application, Jurczak will serve as science director with the responsibility of testing samples. She is a professional engineer with degrees in Environmental Engineering and Civil Engineering. The notice from the State Marijuana Control Board states though her degrees differ slightly from the scientific director requirements, the intention of the law is met.
The City of Ketchikan was notified of the application on May 29th. If the council decides to protest the application, it must provide a written statement of reasons for the protest within 60 days of that date.
Also Thursday night, the council will consider a request to hold a burlesque and variety show at the Ted Ferry Civic Center. In their letter to the council, producers Cameron Brockett and Taylor Vidic write that they want to explain their production since “burlesque is a form of art that often makes people wary.” They write burlesque is a theatrical entertainment of a broadly humorous character, consisting of comic skits and sometimes striptease acts.” The performance will include storytelling and a live band.
Brockett writes she is a Southeast Alaskan who spent six years of her childhood in Ketchikan, involved with organizations such as Ketchikan Theatre Ballet, First City Players and the Monthly Grind. Taylor is from Juneau. The two held variety shows in Juneau and Skagway.
The council also will hear about proposed changes to the city’s recycling program. In a memo to City Manager Karl Amylon, Solid Waste Superintendent Lenny Neely notes, in early March, the solid waste department was directed by Republic Services not to ship mixed paper to their recycling center due to market uncertainty and a back log of mixed paper. Neely writes effective July 1, mixed paper will no longer be accepted for recycling. Cardboard, aluminum, used oil, glass compact fluorescent bulbs and batteries will continue to be recycled.
The council is scheduled to meet twice in executive session. The first is to discuss a personnel board appeal of Charles Mackey. The second is to discuss negotiation of an amendment to Berth IV lease agreements between the city and Ketchikan Dock Company to accommodate Post Panamax Vessels for the 2019 cruise ship season.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Thursday in city council chambers. There will be time for public comment at the start of the meeting.