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Borough Assembly address a number of upcoming projects and ordinances

WRANGELL, ALASKA

It was business as usual at Tuesday night’s Borough Assembly meeting. Under new business the Wrangell Medical Center replacement hospital facility project draws closer with the first reading of an ordinance for the November 15th elections.

This ordinance proposes for the Borough Assembly to provide the USDA a first lien on approximately 29 acres of property, and for the WMC replacement facility to pay a USDA loan if approved in the amount of $24,700,000 for the construction of the new hospital facility as well as a willingness of qualified voters to accept the debt that would be issued by the USDA to fund the hospital construction. There will be a second reading of this ordinance at the September 27th Borough Assembly meeting.

And in other unfinished business, the assembly held a second reading for a proposed ordinance for the rezoning of the Wrangell Institute property, from multifamily residential to holding; this was requested by the Wrangell Economic Development Committee. Resident Jeannie Lindley says she would like the property developed into a pioneer’s home for Wrangell and outlying areas.

“I have been writing letters about the Wrangell institute for years now. There are so many older and disabled people. I believe we need a pioneer’s home, and if we can get grants and get this started it would be a start, and I believe we could get the governor on our side,” she says.

City Clerk Christy Jamieson reminds the public that the last day for write in candidates for the October 4th election is September 30th. And absentee voting will begin September 19th. The next Borough Assembly meeting is scheduled for September 27th. To listen to the entire Borough Assembly meeting, visit KSTK.org.
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