The Ketchikan City Council is considering increasing dump fees. The monthly area-wide solid waste disposal fee would climb from $18 to $20.50. The tipping fee, or gate fee for anyone disposing waste in the landfill, would be raised from $145 to $170 per ton. The fee changes are proposed to help offset increased costs associated with disposal and shipping of waste outside the community.

This and other decisions are slated to be considered at its Thursday meeting.

The council is also considering a budget amendment revising the city’s spending plan for CARES Act funding to appropriate an additional $5.1 million for the Public Health Department. A public hearing on this issue will be held at the beginning of the meeting.

In other business, the council will consider amending its 2020 Rental and Mortgage Assistance Program agreement with Community Connections. The amendment would transfer more than $1 million to the program, increase the household income limit for eligible applicants, allow up to four months of rent/mortgage assistance up to $1,200 per month and extend the program period to the end of December.

The council is also slated to discuss possible future Ketchikan homeless shelters. The item, submitted by council member Dave Kiffer, was postponed from the September 3 meeting due to Kiffer’s absence. No additional details were provided in the agenda packet.

The Ketchikan City Council meeting begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Ted Ferry Civic Center. The meeting is broadcast on local cable channels and streamed at the city’s website. The full agenda is available online, and residents can weigh in at the beginning of the meeting.