Von Bargen: A population drop in Wrangell?

    Wrangell, Alaska (KINY) - The City and Borough of Wrangell has received the annual state population determination for the community from the Division of Community & Regional Affairs.

    According to a report from Borough Manager Lisa Von Bargen, the population reported by the state is 2,426, which is a reduction of 32 people from last year’s count of 2,458.

    The official count is used yearly to determine per-capita revenue sharing and other population-based allocations.

    Also, at the borough’s regular meeting on Tuesday, the assembly will hear the second reading of an ordinance regarding junk cars left on roadways.

    In response how the borough handles the removal and impoundment of abandoned vehicles, the assembly asked administration for a report on both state and local regulations, along with a recommendation about how to address the issue more proactively.

    The recommendation was to amend the code to more clearly define what constitutes an unsafe condition with abandoned vehicles. This will allow the borough to impound a vehicle under “emergency” provisions that eliminate the need for notification of the owner, and a possible hearing, prior to the impoundment.

    The assembly will meet at 7 p.m. at City Hall.


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