A roof for Ketchikan’s skatepark; a new sewer-cleaning truck; Rainbird Trail repairs; a new public restroom at South Point Higgins beach.
It’s all on Monday’s Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly agenda. The assembly will hold a public hearing before considering final approval for more than $1.3 million worth of public works projects. Finance officials say many of the projects, which had until recently been on hold, are made possible by federal COVID-19 aid.
The Borough Assembly will also consider taking a step towards reconfiguring Ketchikan baseball and softball fields following voters’ approval of a nearly $6.7 million bond measure in October. The assembly will consider a sole-source contract with R&M Engineering for design work.
Sole-source contracts are frequently scrutinized, since they bypass normal purchasing processes. But this one is somewhat unique: borough officials recommend awarding the nearly $60,000 contract to R&M because the Ketchikan-based engineering firm has offered to do more than $350,000 worth of civil engineering work at no cost to the borough.
Ketchikan’s Borough Assembly meetings at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the White Cliff Building. Members of the public can weigh in at the beginning of the meeting. The full agenda, including a list of projects up for approval, is available at the borough’s website, where the meeting is also live-streamed. It’s also available on local cable channels.