The Skagway Borough Assembly will meet in executive session Thursday to discuss communication with White Pass, the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. They will also discuss the public records requests Skagway sent to AIDEA and DEC seeking more information about recent events at the ore terminal.
At previous meetings over the past few months, the assembly spoke publicly about letters exchanged with White Pass. The letters address the future of the town’s port development and remediation plans. Mayor Mark Schaefer says this discussion is being held behind closed doors because the borough attorney will be on the line. He says it is the only way to maintain attorney-client confidentiality.
During the public part of the meeting, the assembly will hold a second reading and public hearing on proposed changes to the borough code governing the Port Commission. The changes further clarify the assembly and manager’s power over the commission. Commission Chair Tim Bourcy and two assembly members spoke against the amendments the last meeting.
Also on the agenda is a letter from Schaefer vetoing a contract with Chad Gubala to provide oversight for the public safety building project. Schaefer says he vetoed the contract because municipal code indicates it should have gone out to competitive bid. Manager Scott Hahn recommended the borough contract with Gubala for the service, and the assembly gave its approval at a recent meeting. The assembly could accept Schaefer’s veto or override it with a two-thirds vote.
The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday.