Borough asked to support federal investigation

    Petersburg, Alaska (KINY) The Petersburg Assembly discussed a resolution to ask for a forensic audit of the timber contracts in the Petersburg and Thorne Bay ranger districts.

    The resolution claims that $3.7 million owed from the contracts were not collected in Petersburg and by other local governments.

    Assembly member Jeffrey Meucci said they should reach out to the Forest Service to try and get information before voting on such a measure, "I can't vote to pass a resolution unless I'm comfortable that everything on here is factual.

    Assembly member Jeigh Stanton Gregor says there is no reason not to ask for an investigation, "If we are losing money for Petersburg, that does impact Petersburg.  I don't know how much.   It is worth at this point to ask."

    Mayor Mark Jensen said he is opposed to the resolution absent the information requested, "Right now I couldn't vote to support this to send out this resolution, maybe if there were more documentation backing up the claims."

    It also asks for the investigation to see if the contracts were misadministered and determine the amount that is owed and should have been paid.

    It asks the USDA inspector general to conduct the audit.

    It was a discussion item on the Assembly agenda, it can only be voted upon if an assembly member asks to put it on the items for Action.


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