Ketchikan city officials say they’re almost ready to agree to a transportation plan that would bring tourists downtown from a new dock under construction on Ward Cove.

The only sticking point is the price. That’s according to memos from city staff.

Ketchikan officials say they want the dock operator to pay the city $2 per passenger that arrives in Ward Cove, no matter whether those visitors hop on a shuttle downtown or go elsewhere.

But Ward Cove Dock Group developers propose that the operator pay $2 per person who actually takes the bus downtown.

City staff are asking Ketchikan City Council to weigh in on how to proceed at Thursday evening’s council meeting.

In other business, the city will discuss its ongoing response to the coronavirus.

The council is expected to mull an emergency ordinance that would grant the city manager’s office broad powers. The measure would authorize the city manager to close more city-owned facilities and spend public funds to fight the pandemic.

The ordinance would also authorize the manager to “use all available resources of the City as reasonably necessary to protect the public health, safety and welfare” until November.

Ketchikan City Council is slated to meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Ketchikan City Council chambers. Though the meeting will be open to the public, officials encourage residents to watch the meeting on the city’s website or local cable channels. Public comments can be submitted to and will be read into the record during the meeting.