As state officials decide where to make cuts in the face of a major budget deficit, Wrangell officials are trying to figure out how to cope with what is sure to be a huge drop in state funding. Wrangell Borough Assembly members discussed the looming budget cuts Tuesday at their regular meeting.
After several public meetings and community votes, a team of designers presented a nearly complete Waterfront Master Plan Wednesday for the space between Wrangell's City Dock and the Marine Service Center.
The Wrangell Borough Assembly voted Tuesday to approve The Bay Company's request to purchase a city-owned alley adjacent to its property. The request to vacate the alley between The Bay Company and the Marine Service Center has been in the works since August.
A team of architects and engineers tasked with creating a master plan for Wrangell’s downtown waterfront returned Monday with three refined design concepts. The design team also produced cost estimates for the proposed plans.
Wrangell’s Fish and Game Advisory Committee is continuing its effort to alter a moose antler regulation affecting local hunters. Committee members will rewrite their proposal to change how "points" are defined for forked moose antlers.
Possession of marijuana for personal use will become legal in Alaska Tuesday, but the Wrangell Borough Assembly has not started a formal discussion regarding consumption and sales in the borough. Assembly members agree it is too early to consider any pot ordinances.
Wrangell could lose its only Alaska Wildlife Trooper to state budget cuts. The Department of Public Safety is not planning to fill the vacancy left in January by Alaska Wildlife Trooper Scott Bjork.
Wrangell officials are worried state budget cuts will impact the Community Revenue Sharing Program that makes up a large portion of the borough’s income. Wrangell gets about $600,000 each year to help provide basic services including maintenance of public buildings and snow removal.
A citizens’ panel continues wrestling with the future of Southeast Alaska’s national forest. The Tongass Advisory Committee resumes meeting Tuesday in Juneau.
The University of Alaska Southeast is teaching a 100 Ton Master License class in Wrangell next week. Wrangell residents typically have to travel to other communities to take these courses.