Lumberman to top Docks and Harbors agenda, Assembly wants tugboat removed

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Assembly wants steps taken to remove the abandoned tugboat in Gastineau Channel even though it is on state owned tidelands.

    That was the direction to the Docks and Harbors Department during a joint meeting with the Assembly last week.

    That's according to Port Director Carl Uchytil of the CBJ Docks and Harbors department.

    The case of the Lumberma  tops the agenda of the Docks and Harbors Board of Directors meeting Thursday evening.  

    Uchytil said on Action Line the Assembly directed the department to "do something."  As a result, he said there will be a frank discussion with the board on how to proceed, he said.

    He'll present a letter he drafted in consultation with the  CBJ Law Department  which will go to the State Attorney General.  The letter reports that the Lumberman is in violation of Alaska law.

    Uchytil said they think recent changes in state law gives them authority to  remove the vessel even though its not on CBJ submerged lands.

    The board will also be asked to add two seasonal employees, a harbor officer and technician, to help deal with an increasing number of cruise ship passengers expected new season.

    Uchytil said the request is coupled with a budget amendment.  The increased staffing will add about  $65,000 to the budget. In addition to board approval, the budget request will also need approval of the Assembly.

    The Docks and Harbors Board meeting is scheduled to convene at 5 p.m. Thursday in Assembly Chambers at City Hall.

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