A resolution urging the State of Alaska to raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco products from 19 to 21 is in front of the Ketchikan City Council on Thursday.
The item is a joint resolution of the city and borough.
A citizen approached the council earlier this year asking that local laws be changed to increase the age for legally purchasing tobacco. City and Ketchikan Gateway Borough officials were concerned about how to enforce that locally without state assistance.
The borough assembly asked during its July 1st meeting for a resolution asking the state to change the legal age statewide, instead. The resolution then was proposed as a joint action of the city and borough governments. The borough assembly will vote on the joint resolution at its July 22nd meeting.
Also on Thursday’s Ketchikan City Council meeting agenda is a resolution approving a cooperative agreement with the state Department of Fish and Game to install a sewage pump-out station for recreational boats at Bar Harbor South.
Under the agreement, the city would pay 25 percent of the project, or about $19,000. The state would pay about $56,000.
Thursday’s regular council meeting starts at 7 p.m. in city council chambers at City Hall. Public comment will be heard at the start of the meeting.