Petersburg’s Borough Assembly will meet today at 6 P.M. in the Assembly Chambers. They’re set to hear new items of business about Borough land transfers and the Local Emergency Planning Committee. 

At today’s meeting, the Assembly will address the transfer of state lands around Thomas Bay to the Petersburg Borough. The Alaska Department of Natural Resources is managing the transfer of the 550 acre parcel of vacant land. Members of the public can submit comments on this proposal until this Friday — February 24th. 

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources is also overseeing a separate transfer of more than 2,500 acres of land to the Borough. This transfer includes selections of land throughout Fanshaw Bay, Prowley Point, Sumner Straight, Hood Point, and Southeast Mitkof. The deadline for this public comment is March 3rd.

The Borough will also appoint new members to the Local Emergency Planning Committee, or LEPC. The LEPC is a congressionally mandated program intended to increase awareness of local hazards. Its mission is to bring residents into discussions about appropriate emergency response preparation to disasters in the community.

Aaron Hankins, who directs Petersburg’s LEPC, requested the approval of three new members. They are: Jim Floyd, Kurt Kivisto, and Petersburg Harbormaster Glorianne Wollen. These appointees would serve a 3-year term, ending in December, 2025. 

In last week’s session, the Assembly voted to approve Borough Manager Stephen Giesbrecht’s performance evaluation. Only two Assembly Members, Dave Kensinger and Jeff Meucci [me-oo-chi], voted “nay.” Right now, Giesbrecht is traveling to the Alaska Municipal League Winter Legislative Meeting, so there is no Manager’s Report for this session.

KFSK will broadcast this evening’s Assembly Meeting live and post the recording on our website, Anyone from the community can join the meeting in person, by phone, or on Zoom. There’s more information on KFSK’s community calendar.