On Thursday, the Skagway Borough Assembly will consider an application for the town’s first retail marijuana store, called the Remedy Shoppe.
Owner Tara Bass applied for a conditional use permit to set up shop in the Business General zone at 371 Third Avenue. Her permit was OK’d by the planning commission in April. The local government has the right to lodge a protest against the application if it sees fit.
The question of how to go about restarting tidelands lease discussions with White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad is also on the agenda. At the last meeting, the assembly agreed to try to re-engage with White Pass in an effort to clean up and expand the town’s port.
The assembly will hear an update on the planned ferry dock refurbishment. An Alaska Department of Transportation spokesman said in the spring that the dock project may happen either this winter or next year. Ferry service is likely to be impacted.
The assembly will also discuss how to fund a proposed local senior center and housing facility. The total project cost is estimated at about $7 million.
A resolution to proclaim Skagway’s official motto ‘Gateway to the Klondike’ is also on the table. The idea to make the tagline official came up during discussions about the borough’s new website. The majority of assembly members favored using ‘Gateway to the Klondike’ instead of ‘Garden City of Alaska.’
The meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m in assembly chambers.