At Monday's city council meeting, Councilor Bill Tremblay reported his progress in drafting a letter expressing the council's support for the Forest Service's preferred alternative in the Tongass Land Management Plan Revision Draft SEIS. This alternative protects existing wilderness areas but slates no new land for protection.
Tremblay also expressed the need for locals to express their support for the alternative, and suggested offering postcards similar to those used by environmental groups, which could simply be filled out and sent in by residents.
The council expects to have the letter ready by the next meeting.
In other council news:
Councilor Barry Bracken urged councilors to begin a move toward a specific plan for obtaining funding for the swimming pool project.
The council seats of Barry Bracken and Dave Carlson, as well as those of 24 elected board members, will be voted on Oct. 1. Nominations for candidacy are accepted from July 23 through Sept. 3. Also on the ballot will be five tax questions and two petitions.
A borough annexation work session will be held in council chambers on July 22 at 6:30 p.m..
Ordinance #860, which updates building safety codes, passed 5-0 in its final reading.
The council voted unanimously to postpone a final vote on Ordinance #861, which outlines the duties of the fire marshal.