February 14, 2013 | Vol. 39, No. 7

Yesterday's News

News from 10-20-30 years ago

February 9, 1983 – An apartment manager joined the canneries in speaking out against the proposed Petersburg water rate changes at Monday night's council meeting.

The city council also had many questions about the proposed water rate changes, and will hold a work session about the proposed water rate ordinance.

An Ordinance revising the rates was approved by council in it's first reading, despite the questions that were raised.

Frances Hubbard, manager of the Sanitary Apartments, spoke at the public hearing against charging individual users a minimum charge of $13. She said she will be paying the charge for seven apartments, Archie's and Irene's Restaurant. Currently, there is no minimum charge for individual apartments.

She said if there is going to be individual charges, there should be individual meters.

February 18, 1993 – State Engineers are expected to be in town next Wednesday to check out the mystery of the rough runway at the Petersburg Airport.

Preliminary engineering costs are expected to be about $320,000, according to Andy Hughes of the planning division of the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities in Juneau.

No one is sure why there seems to be rough rumples in the tarmac one day, and the next day the disappear, Hughes said. The engineering study, which may take a year, should clear up the mystery.

February 6, 2003 – City councilors voted 5 – 1 Monday evening to earmark $105,000 from the Harbor Trust Fund for the construction of a harbor and fire utility boat.

The last cost estimate received for the boat showed a figure of around $93,000, but councilor Paul Anderson said repeatedly that he believed the boat would cost more, and the money appropriated was pushed up.

Councilors have been debating whether to fund the project from South Harbor expansion funds.

Councilor Marc Martinsen voted against the funding; he is unhappy with the boats design and motor type. “What I've seen so far is not a fireboat,” he said before casting his vote.

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