This image from the Ketchikan Gateway Borough shows where the Ketchikan Public Utilities easement would be located.

Ketchikan Public Utilities has asked the Ketchikan Gateway Borough for an easement for the city-owned utility’s under-sea fiber optic cable project.

The borough assembly will consider a resolution authorizing the easement during its regular meeting on Monday.

According to the borough planning department, KPU Telecommunications Division has asked for a 30-foot-wide access and utility easement on borough-owned land in the Mountain Point area. The property is the site of a borough wastewater outfall.

According to the planning department, KPU’s plan calls for a shoreside concrete structure to house the transition from land to under-sea cable. The land portion of the cable will pass under South Tongass Highway and connect to a KPU building on the other side of the road.

KPU’s fiber optic cable project will provide a 90-mile connection between Ketchikan and Prince Rupert. The project should provide additional bandwidth for KPU internet customers.

Also Monday, the assembly will read a joint proclamation of the city and borough commending local emergency responders for their actions following a May 13 mid-air collision of two floatplanes in Ketchikan’s George Inlet area. Six people died in that crash, and 10 survived.

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.