Two action items on Docks and Harbors agenda

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The CBJ Docks and Harbors Board of Directors plans public hearings on two items up for action at Thursday evening's regular meeting.

    One calls for adopting regulations governing  anchoring on city owned submerged lands, according to Port Director Carl Uchytil.  He said the regulation will provide his department the ability to govern  the use of the city's tidelands and will be consistent for the most part with  how the State Department of Natural Resources regulates its submerged lands.

    "In summary, if anyone wants to anchor for a day, that's fine, people can anchor up to 14 days without a fee and after that we will limit anchoring to no more than 90 days  and for a specific reason."

    There have been problems here and around the state, according to Uchytil.  "Back in 2015 we had the tug Challenger that sank in Gastineau Channel.  Fortunately for CBJ Docks and Harbors that vessel sank on state lands."  He explained the Coast Guard was able to draw  over $2 Million from its Oil Spill Trust Fund to raise, clean and dispose of the vessel.

    Uchytil said their regulations are also consistent with Senate Bill 92 under consideration by the State Legislature that deals with abandoned, derelict vessels.  "Throughout the state there's been a move to be more proactive with the aging fleet," he said.  "With our regulation and the support for SB 92, we think these will benefit the boating and maritime community."

    The other action item deals with an appropriation for the Auke Bay Marine Station.  The Docks and Harbors Department will share the surplused federal property with the University of Alaska Southeast.

    Uchytil said he's requesting the board to authorize the use of $200,000 from its harbor fund balance.  He said $150,000 would be devoted to construction of a 100 foot float.  It would be connected to the existing 125 foot float to expand the capacity at Statter Harbor.  The other $50,000 would be used for maintenance.

    Uchytil says they received a quit claim deed to the property during the first week of this month.

    The board will be updated on the Archipelago property, the dirt lot south of the parking garage and library, that is home to food stands during the tourist season.  That property is part of the department's Urban Design Plan that includes the area from Marine Park to Taku Dock.  In that process Uchytil says Morris Communications, which owns the lot, came to them and requested a collaborative effort.  He says Morris wants to develop the lot for retail use.  Uchytil says the department wants to lend support to cruise ship staging  and passenger loading and would like to construct a 15 space bus parking area there.

    Uchytil said the collaboration with Morris Communication on developing the  property will require a land trade.

    Thursday's meeting is scheduled to convene at 5 p.m. in Assembly Chambers at City Hall.



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