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Manager reports on borough business


During Monday’s meeting, Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht reported that the Petersburg Library has digitized local newspapers from 1913 to 1931, they are now online and searchable.

An eagle strike, the second of the year, was responsible for taking out power from Scow Bay north. There is now a new procedure for handling the carcass which should be in compliance with Fish and Game regulations. “There were some issues regarding our guys picking up the eagles and having them in their possession,” Giesbrecht said.

FERC has agreed not to charge a land use fee for Blind Slough and other hydro projects, which are not on Federal land.

"Thanks to Congressional delegation and Federal lobbyist, as well as Joe Nelson, for keeping on this issue. This was an issue that was pretty odd, we would get a tax bill on property we owned. And we were required to pay it,” Giesbrecht said.  

The Harbor board and staff performed simulation efforts for the proposed drive down dock facility approach. Ryan Welde brought one of the fire trucks to the site and used it to see length and width so they could see what would work for some users, he said.

As part of ongoing improvements, the Harbor is working on two Salmon Mitigation grant proposals for harbor floats: One is a troller work float. This project would include salvaging the North Harbor transient float, which will be reconfigured and re-decked into a 40-by 40- foot troller work float. Grant award is for $50,000.

The other grant is for a fish cleaning float. The project would call for a complete replacement of the under-sized fish cleaning float at the end of South Harbor launch ramp. Stan Malcom, the ADF&G Sport Fish Division and the Harbor are applying for this $250,000 grant.

Public works is getting ready for spring-cleaning and they have already begun street cleaning.

Clausen Museum retaining wall and site preparation is out to bid. Pre-bid is scheduled for April 10, with bid opening on April 19.

According to the manager, he is working with Chief Agner, Bruce Westre and several department heads as well as vendors for police and jail facilities for design options for a new police department building. Formal recommendations will be presented in May. “The goal is to provide very, very specific instructions to whoever we use [for construction]," he said.


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