Mayor chimes in on needs of new city

    Gustavus, Alaska (KINY) Gustavus continues to consider forming a borough government with Hoonah while also working to hire a new city administrator.

    Mayor Barb Miranda said another priority is working with the state on the future of Gustavus Beach, "It is a a big deal for our town.  It has been worked on for 25 years.  We hope to have something for the state by August.  We also held a meeting with the state and residents to talk about some of our plans."

    The state owns tracts next to the dock.  They are working on a development plan and cooperative management agreement for this land.

    They also continue to talk with Hoonah about formation of a borough.  She said there are advantages of working together on different initiatives.  She said she looks forward to collaboration and talking with neighbors.

    "There is no pressure to join a borough.  All the citizens get to vote on whether to opt into an Icy Strait Borough or whatever we call it.  I think there are some advantages."

    Mayor Barb Miranda says it won't hurt to consider a borough. 

    On the City Administrator position, Gustavus recently approved the job description and advertised for the position.  "We are entering into this cautiously.  We budgeted for a half time position.  There is ability to move around some  hours.  It could possibly be 35 hours per week.  We want to hire locally and somebody who knows our city and knows our people and keep us on a good track," Miranda added.




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