The Haines Borough Assembly is in for a busy meeting next week.
The last regular meeting was cancelled because of winter weather, so many of the items on that agenda were pushed to Dec. 13.
They include two resident appeals related to the heliski map committee. Eric Holle and Dana Hallett both allege conflict of interest violations.
Also on the agenda is Borough Manager Bill Seward’s recommendation on which areas should be approved for heliskiing.
Seward appears to have weighed the map committee’s advice heavily. He recommends 10 areas for approval that the committee unanimously agreed on. He recommends denying five areas the committee was split over. Seward notes those areas were also not condoned by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game due to wildlife concerns. If the assembly were to follow Seward’s recommendation, he says it would increase the area allowed for heliskiing by three percent.
There is also a citizen appeal over the small boat harbor expansion. Paul Nelson objects to the manager’s decision to grant a land use permit for the project. He initially appealed to the planning commission, which sided with the manager. Now Nelson is asking the assembly to rehear his case.
Also related to harbor project, borough staff are asking the assembly to reconsider one piece of the expansion that they previously denied. The additional 33 feet on the wave barrier and dredging of the harbor would make maneuvering around the facility safer, according to the harbormaster.
A cooperative agreement that gets the ball rolling on phase two of the harbor project is also on the list. The agreement between the borough and Fish and Game funds design and permitting of a boat launch ramp.
There is also a contract for the wastewater treatment plant upgrade project for nearly $2 million. Borough staff say state grants, the Capital Improvement Projects fund, and sewer fund would cover the expense.
There is also an executive session scheduled at the end of the meeting for Manager Seward’s six-month evaluation.
The meeting is set for Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. View the full agenda here.