Petersburg withdraws from the IFA
The Petersburg City Council directed an ordinance be prepared to withdraw membership from the Inter-Island Ferry Authority during its May 7 meeting. If this ordinance is approved by a two-thirds Council majority, it will be submitted to the voters for ratification at the City election, Oct. 2.
The Inter-Island Ferry Authority was created to develop an efficient and effective network of ferries and ferry-related facilities and services to provide the ferry system to serve the various ferry transportation needs of residents of Prince of Wales Island, Ketchikan, Wrangell and Petersburg.
Since becoming a participating municipality in the IFA, the Petersburg community has received very little service or benefits from the entity.
“I don't think we really want to be a part of something we get no service from,” City Councilman Mark Jensen said.
The second vessel owned by the IFA is now for sale and future service by the IFA is not foreseen.
The ordinance to withdraw from the Inter-Island Ferry Authority was adopted unanimously by the council at its June 11 meeting.