The state Division of Forestry wants to use a borough-owned portion of Gravina Island as a log-transfer facility to support timber harvest activity in the area.
An agreement to create that service is in front of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday.
The proposed site is on the north end of the airport reserve property, within the Gravina Island Industrial Complex. According to the agreement, that section has permits in place for use as a log-transfer and sorting yard.
The agreement allows the state and state timber buyers to use the transfer area and adjacent road on Gravina Island, with prior notice to the borough. The borough would be paid according to current federal rates. The agreement states that those rates are 75 cents per thousand board feet for sort-yard use; and $3.25 per thousand board feet for log-transfer and rafting-ground use.
Also on Monday, the assembly will consider a slight wording change to the borough’s tobacco tax ordinance.
The change clarifies that “other tobacco products” such as e-cigarettes and vaping devices are subject to the excise tax only if they are packaged with a product containing nicotine.
Monday’s meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. in borough assembly chambers in the White Cliff building. Public comment will be heard at the start of the meeting.