Hoonah, Alaska (KINY) The Hoonah City Council welcomed new Mayor Gerald Byers as he was sworn in to office Tuesday.
The board also appointed Amelia Wilson as Vice Mayor the reorganization meeting of the board.
The City recently received a United States Department of Agriculture grant for $4.75 million to build a new sewer treatment plant. The goal is to have the design on the plant done in one year and construction done in two years. This will allow huge cruise ships to dispose of their waste. City officials said it might also encourage more cruise ships to visit the community each year. The current plant was built in 1972.
Hoonah also has two finalists to consider as the study becoming part of or creation of their own borough. Sheinberg and Associates and Navigate North are in the study. City Clerk Jennifer McKillican said the process is only in the beginning stages and several meetings would have to be held and public input gathered before any decision is made.
The council also took no action on a proposal to provide law enforcement services to Kake. The proposal would send one officer to Kake each week. Kake would cover the costs of the officer.