Tuesday's Vote - October 5th,
by Ken Bylund
September 24, 2010
Proposition 3: On the $800,000 being considered for the North
Tongass Fire & EMS; it seems likely that more will be required
to rehabilitate this industrial property after the initial purchase
price that should be brought to the attention of the voters.
This was an industrial facility supplying metals and associated
chemicals; will there be additional funding required to rehabilitate
the soil and modify the structures to accommodate the... what?
What is this property to be used for? Water storage and... what?
So the costs that are being estimated are ______ and what is
the goal/benefits of this TBD total cost?
On the subject of Fire Fighting equipment available; does the
Gateway Borough have access to BAMBI BUCKETS or the equivalent?
Are this inventory here and accessible through the U.S. Coast
Guard? Does the State or Federal Government have Guardian Helicopter
Water Bucket/Firefighting equipment available on the island to
support our local Fire/EMS Service should there be a forest fire
along our thirty-five miles of coastal residential and industrial
If not, it would seem that the capital expenditure being requested
for this water storage site would be better served to organize,
and outfit an aerial fire fighting capacity that might be available
to residents across the Tongass Narrows, for Pennock, Gravina,
and Annette homeowners, and us, Revillagigedo homeowners, up
and down our 35 miles of coastline; dipping 500 gallons of seawater,
there for the taking to fight any dangerous fire with quick support
for our volunteer and professional fire fighting teams.
An obvious alternative/opportunity; not suggesting this is one
our Borough has overlooked, and now that we are approaching an
election in 12 days with Proposition #3 on the ballot, might
our Borough Assembly and Fire Chiefs provide a public evaluation
on the total costs, see Para , and inform voters on the feasibility
of substituting limited ground tactics at significant costs to
consider a similar budget that might serve all of Ketchikan,
Pennock, Gravina, and possibly outlying areas beyond our road
Received September 23, 2010
- Published September 24, 2010
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