Ketchikan’s City Council is set to consider putting nearly a dozen city properties up for auction.
The 11 vacant lots were foreclosed upon by the city for failure to pay taxes, according to a memo from Ketchikan’s city manager. Council members have discussed putting the lots up for auction with no minimum bid in an effort to address a shortage of housing within the community.
If approved by the city council on Thursday, the properties would go up for a live, in-person auction early next month, Ketchikan’s public works director writes.
In other business, mental health advocates in Ketchikan are scheduled to bring city leaders up to speed on their efforts to address the opioid epidemic in Ketchikan. The Ketchikan Wellness Coalition is slated to address the council Thursday evening.
Ketchikan’s city council meets at 7 p.m. Thursday in its City Hall chambers. There’s time for public comment at the beginning of the meeting. The meeting is broadcast on local cable channels and live-streamed at the city’s website.