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Statter Harbor moves forward

No public comments submitted by May 8

Posted: May 30, 2013 - 10:47pm  |  Updated: May 31, 2013 - 12:10am

An action before the Docks and Harbor board Thursday that would level out fees for Statter Harbor patrons and other area harbors passed unanimously and now goes before the full Assembly for approval.

The proposed annual fee for a commercial user of any launch ramp will increase to $225 and the proposed annual moorage fee for owners of open-hulled vessels 21-feet or less will increase to $580.

It was previously presented to the board last month.

“At the regular board meeting, the hearing, the will of the body was to defer the decision back to the finance committee because public input was that some of our rates are inconsistent across the board,” said Docks and Harbors port director Carl Uchytil. “The recommendation was just ‘get these things cleaned up and moved forward.’”

The board didn’t receive any comments from the public during a recent period that ran through May 8 and decided that they could move forward.

“To my knowledge we didn’t receive any public comments regarding these changes,” Uchytil said. “I’m assuming the public hearing we did last month was sufficient.”

Also on the agenda was an action for the Statter Harbor conditional user permit that went before the planning commission on Tuesday and was reconsidered. Uchytil said they were pleased with the reconsideration.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the permit for construction at Auke Bay was reconsidered pending further changes to the plan following concerns presented by the Auke Bay Towers Condominium Association.

On Friday, Uchytil and his staff will meet with the opposition to further discuss changes to the plan.

“We think we have some ideas that they’ll like and we want to hear what their concerns are,” Uchytil said. “...what they need to give their support to it.”

Contact reporter Kenneth Rosen at 523-2250 or at kenneth.rosen@juneauempire.com.

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