And More... About White Cliff
By Jackie Williams
October 16, 2006
The Borough Assembly Agenda item 9a, submitted for this Monday,
October 16th meeting, regarding the sale of the White Cliff School
is not what I as a citizen want. The two options mentioned on
the Agenda Statement are that the voters decided not to renovate/remodel
the White Cliff School building so let s sell it for $2 million.
The vote was about taxation to remodel only... not whether
to remodel or sell.
A better way may have been to ask the voters what they want to
do with the property as there is another option other than sell
or remodel. Perhaps some of us would like to see the artifacts
removed from the building to preserve the heritage then clear
the lot and make it construction ready for the community s future.
This land is paid for but the figure of $4 million to clear the
site looms large right now. Maybe there is financial assistance
for some part of the clearing expense out there in Grant Land
concerning economic development on existing sites. Perhaps some
of our local citizens would like to donate to the cause; how
about a donation-fundraising booth on the dock so the tourists
can voluntarily contribute to the community, every penny would
Has the Borough been approached about selling the White Cliff
School and is it the school building or the total property all
inclusive for the $2 Million asking price? If this building
is sold and remodeled it will become a commercial property for
profit. What type of business will it house, will there be a
zoning change? Maybe some entity would lease the building not
only paying enough to cover the owners mortgage but to bring
a profit also? Any one could lease the space but the largest
entity with the greatest need is the local government/s.
When the two or one consolidated government is ready to build
itself a building and maybe include some other uses too will
the land to build on be an issue and expense (or an expensive
issue)? My belief is this property at this site is more valuable
to the community in the long run than selling or remodeling.
Before any action is taken on White Cliff School or any other
large expenditure that is not a regular outlay of funds, such
as insurance; we/the community should wait until the consolidation
vote is finalized; that date is not so far away. If the community
becomes consolidated the two governments monies will merge. How
will the blending of monies affect major expenditures, for example
clearing the White Cliff School Property?
Please, let s allow the issue of White Cliff School and property
to rest for now.
To find the Agenda and packet online go to: http://borough.ketchikan.ak.us/
departments, clerks, under Resources click Weblink.
Received October 14, 2006 - Published October 16, 2006
About: " Weary, Citizen and Voter"
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