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Assembly to discuss timber, TBPA

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The borough assembly tonight is set to discuss the Thomas Bay Power Authority and the future of Wrangell’s timber industry.

The Assembly plans to appoint a vice mayor.

There are also several open seats on the Planning and Zoning Commission, Parks & Rec board, Convention and Visitors bureau, Economic Development Committee, Cemetery Committee and Nolan Museum/Civic Center Board.

Assembly member James Stough has but his name in the hat for the one open seat on the Thomas Bay Power Authority Commission.

Talking timber, Economic Development Director Carol Rushmore wrote a memorandum to the Assembly.

In it, she writes that the committee strongly supports continuing Wrangell’s timber industry.

But, its focus is to create a working plan that will foster long-term jobs within the community.

So, it’s looking at the timber products industry as a whole, not just logging.

She lays out several objectives that include supporting local milling operations, encouraging a “buy local” campaign for wood products, and creatively utilizing wood waste to create more jobs and take full advantage of the harvested timber.

There will also be a discussion and possible action on questions to ask an attorney about the current Southeast Alaska Power Agency or SEAPA and TBPA issues.

Finally, there is a scheduled executive session with the Borough Attorney to discuss a letter from the attorney for Oliver Construction.

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