The Skagway Borough Assembly has a full agenda for its Thursday evening meeting.
Borough attorney Bob Blasco will be in town to meet with the assembly in executive session on three matters.
There are pending requests to extend the subleases Temsco and Alaska Marine Lines hold with White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad. White Pass leases the land from the municipality. Blasco will discuss ‘implications’ of extending the contracts with the assembly.
The attorney will also advise the assembly on the borough’s potential purchase of property on Long Bay, and a request for attorney fees from Alaska Mountain Guides. AMG applied for a raptor tour permit in Liarsville in 2014, which Skagway’s planning commission and board of appeals denied. AMG appealed that decision to superior court, and a Juneau judge remanded the request back to the planning commission for reconsideration.
During the public portion of the meeting, the borough budget is up for a second reading and adoption.
There is a list of items scheduled for discussion. They include commissioning two updated studies: one about the visitor industry’s impact on Skagway and one reviewing how Skagway uses cruise ship head taxes.
The assembly will also discuss a few port-related items, including whether to hire a maritime planner, and what steps to take next in the effort to clean up and renovate the port.