April 4, 2013 | Vol. 39, No. 14

Borough creates ad hoc committee to address Sea Otter population

Petersburg Borough Assembly announced during a regular session meeting on Monday the formation of an Ad hoc Sea Otter Management Committee to address the ongoing sea otter population. The committee will be chaired by Assembly Member Kurt Wohlhueter. Members of the committee include Joan Koutzer, Mike Bangs, Andy Knight, Frank Neidiffer, Dave Somerville, Jason Duggen, John Jensen, Dave Beebe and Brenda Louise.

The committee will hold its first meeting at noon, on Friday in Assembly Chambers.. The agenda will include reviewing past support and positions on sea otter management and making recommendations to the borough.

Borough Finance Director Jody Tow announced that she was still waiting for budgets from several department heads although Monday was the deadline. Tow also announced budget work sessions coming up later this month. May 6 will be the first reading of the Borough budget, with June 1 while is set for adoption of the budget, she said.

Acting Mayor Sue Flint reported that the Attorney General’s office representing the LBC has utilized an automatic 30-day extension provision to respond to Juneau’s appeal. Since the Borough wants to coordinate with the state the Borough's argument will be filed at the same time as the AG’s. Briefs are due May 6.

Under new business, assembly members passed Ordinance 2013 - 5 adopting changes to the known budget. And also roads money was transferred into the fund for the replacement of the Ramus Enge Memorial Bridge, on Sing Lee Alley.

Assembly members also voted to approve $27,925 for Motor Pool to purchase an ADA compliant vehicle. Authorization was given to amend the assessor’s professional services contract for $30,000. These funds come out of Borough transition finances. The funds would go toward Identtifying plats in previously unincorporated areas.

Assembly Member Nancy Strand announced a special recognition for all of the motorists who use their turn signals on main street at the road construction areas, making it easier for flaggers to direct traffic.

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