Haines, Alaska (KINY) Grant writing, a community celebration and a dispute with a contractor were among the noteworthy items discussed by the Haines Borough Assembly.
Haines borough grant writers expressed frustration with the Assembly with recent decisions not to pursue grants. The Assembly decided recently not to pursue a recommendation from the Public Safety Advisory Committee to pursue a K-9 unit. They also opted not to accept a COPS grant from the Federal Government to hire an additional police officer.
The commission wanted the Assembly to research the costs for a K-9. The Assembly did not want to discuss the possibility and turned down the recommendation.
The Borough also is headed toward mediation with Pacific Tile Marine for work they did on the waterfront. The company offered to settle the matter for $780,000. The original estimate for the work done was $1.1 million. Borough Manager Debra Schnabel said the company was the contractor for a new harbor basin, "They claim that the conditions of the soil that they had to dredge was more dense and harder to dredge than they had anticipated. That meant it took longer and had more wear and tear on their equipment than would have been reasonably anticipated."
The community also plans a July 4th celebration and are seeking a pyrotechnics firm to do a fireworks show.