The Docks and Harbors Board is still working on what to recommend to the Assembly for the movement (or non-movement) of the Alaska Commercial Fishermen’s Memorial.
Board Chairman Kevin Jardell came up with a motion to recommend the Assembly to leave it where it is — but leave some room for flexibility and also say Marine Park is a mutually agreeable alternative should the memorial board deem it necessary to move.
Jardell’s motion spoke purely from a Docks and Harbors operational standpoint.
The board was charged by the Assembly to work with the Fishermen’s Memorial Board to find a mutually agreeable place for the memorial to go, if it was deemed necessary to move.
Jardell said there were essentially three options before them on the memorial, and none of them really affect Docks and Harbors operations.
The three options were to keep it where it is, or move it to one of two other locations. He said it will cost money if moved and it will affect the Parks and Recreation department.
All three of those are acceptable from a Docks and Harbors standpoint, Jardell said. “Given the charge of the Assembly to find a mutually acceptable place, one that we agree on is the mutually acceptable place to move it.”
“Because of the timing of the construction, the memorial will be there for one year, if not two years with 16B being in front of it,” Jardell said. “You will have at least one season, probably two seasons where you have the opportunity to have a ceremony in place. Instead of putting floats out there, we can actually see it.”
Jardell also recommended urging the city to delay taking action. He said it doesn’t have to act today or even tomorrow because of the construction timing. Jardell’s motion failed 4-2, with a majority vote of 5 needed. Member Eric Kueffner said he was opposed because he could not support moving to Marine Park.
Board member Mike Williams and Jardell said that isn’t their charge. They do not have jurisdiction over Marine Park, and that their charge is to find a mutually agreeable location.
The board tabled the issue to a future meeting. For more in-depth coverage of Docks and Harbor’s discussion on the issue, see Sunday’s Empire or check online.
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