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Emergency Services Department Meeting April 8th at 6:30pm

Thorne Bay is looking for bright and enthusiastic people to volunteer with Thorne Bay Emergency Services Squad & Fire Department.

The Thorne Bay Volunteer Emergency Services Department meets monthly in the Northside Fire Hall and we want you to join us!

As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to care for others and play an integral role devoted to saving lives.

While on duty, your primary responsibility will always be to provide emergency care, however there is no reason why you can’t continue to go about your everyday activities and spend time with your family or work. Our only requirement is that you remain within the city limits and available to respond to a call immediately when needed. Hours are flexible so if your day job is not, we can work around that.

Contact Cindy Edenfield, Interim EMS Coordinator or Les Carter, EMS Captain, for Thorne Bay to find out more on what you can do to volunteer in your community and to play a part in saving a life.

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CITY COUNCIL MEETING NOTICE-TUESDAY, MAY 5th 2020

There will be a regular meeting of the City Council on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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CITY COUNCIL MEETING – Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The rescheduled Regular Meeting of the City Council will be held on Tuesday, April 28th, 2020, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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Meeting Date/Time: Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 6:30 pm | (UTC-08:00) Alaska | 2 hrs

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FIRE SAFETY MONTH – OCTOBER

Did You Know?

Every October, the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) observes Fire Prevention Safety Week for families to plan, prepare and think about the importance of fire safety. Of course, every week is a good week to talk about fire safety because you never know when a fire emergency can strike. Here are a few fire safety tips and facts for you and your family to keep in mind..

Fire Safety Facts & Statistics
On average, seven people die in home fires every day.

Fire departments respond to an average of 355,400 home fires each year. Cooking appliances are the leading cause of home fires. 65 percent of fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke detectors. It only takes 30 seconds for a small fire to spread.

PARKING ENFORCEMENT

Parking Requirement Questions?

Contact City Hall with any questions pertaining to parking at 828-3380.

17.04.041 OFF-STREET PARKING REQUIREMENTS.

In all zoning districts, off-street parking shall be provided for all new buildings, existing buildings undergoing a change in use, and commercial buildings that are being enlarged.

A.  Location of Parking Spaces.

All off-street parking provided pursuant to this section shall be provided on the same lot as the use that it serves or an adjacent lot. The planning commission may approve a parking lot in a different location depending on the use the parking will serve.

B.   Parking Design.

A parking space shall be of the dimensions of nine feet by twenty feet to accommodate vehicles of all sizes.

C.   Interpretation of Space Requirements.

When a use cannot be found in this section, the planning commission will determine the most similar use which is specifically listed in subsection D of this section. The parking space requirements shall be the same as that determined use.

D.  Required Parking Spaces.

RESIDENTIAL USES MINIMUM NUMBER OF PARKING SPACES REQUIRED
Single-family dwellings, duplex, triplex, apartments, mobile homes, trailers and other places containing dwelling units One parking space for each dwelling unit.
COMMERCIAL USES MINIMUM NUMBER OF PARKING SPACES REQUIRED
Banks and office buildings One public parking space per each 300 square feet of gross floor area, not less than five spaces.
Grocery stores, shopping centers, markets, small retail sales One public parking space per each 400 square feet of gross floor area.
Hotel and motels One public parking space per every two guest rooms
Restaurants, other eating and drinking establishments One-half parking space for each employee plus one public parking space per every five seats.  
Laundromat One public parking space per every two washers.  
Service station, automobile repair shop Two parking spaces for each service stall.  
  INDUSTRIAL USES   MINIMUM NUMBER OF PARKING SPACES REQUIRED  
Manufacturing industries One parking space per 400 square feet of gross floor area plus one parking space for each company vehicle.  
Equipment storage and maintenance One-half parking space for each employee and one space for each company vehicle.  
     
PUBLIC  USES MINIMUM NUMBER OF PARKING SPACES REQUIRED  
Churches, theaters and other places of public assembly One public parking space per five seats.  
Schools One parking space per employee.  
Municipal buildings and health clinics One parking space per employee plus one space for each municipal vehicle plus two visitor spaces.  

(Ord. 93-23 § 6(part), 1993)

10.20.020 PARKING PROHIBITED:

  1. No person shall park a vehicle upon a roadway for the purpose of:
  2. Commercial advertising;
  3. Displaying such vehicle for sale;
  4. Greasing or repairing such vehicle, not necessitated by an emergency;
  5. Washing such vehicle when the person so engaged is in the business of washing vehicles. (Ord. 84-03-22-01 § 3, 1984) (Prior Section 10.20.030 (a-d))
  6. No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with law or the directions of a police officer or traffic control device, in any of the following places and no signs are required: (Prior Section 10.20.040 (a-c))
  7. Within ten feet of an intersection;
  8. Within fifteen feet of any fire hydrant;
  9. Within five feet of a crosswalk, except at an intersection where it shall be ten feet. (Prior Section 10.20.040 (a-c))
  10. No person shall park any vehicle upon a street or highway, other than an alley, in such a manner or under such conditions as to leave available less than ten feet of such roadway for the free movement of vehicular traffic (Prior Section 10.20.010)
  11. No person may remove, obliterate, obscure, cover or move any chalk mark or other mark or indication placed by a police officer or parking enforcement officer upon a tire or any part of a vehicle which is parked in a public parking zone or space; provided such marks or objects may be moved or removed in the process of moving the vehicle from the parking space or after the vehicle has been moved from the space. (Prior Section 10.20.080 (a))
  12. A vehicle which has not moved from a parking space shall be deemed to have remained parked or standing in such space until moved. For the purpose of this chapter, a vehicle must vacate the space occupied and be driven completely through a street intersection before it shall be deemed to have been moved from the space. (Prior Section 10.20.080 (b))
  13. Each period or part of a period of time a vehicle remains parked or standing beyond that time permitted under this chapter or as posted shall constitute a separate violation, except that each separate day upon which such a continuing violation exist shall be separate violation if the period of permitted parking is twenty-four hours or greater. Only one citation may be issued during each period which constitutes a separate violation. (Prior Section 10.20.080 (c))
  14. No overnight camping allowed on City property unless otherwise posted. (Prior Section 10.20.080 (d))
  15. No person shall park a vehicle within an alley in the central business traffic district or any business district except for the expeditious loading or unloading of freight or materials and then the vehicle shall be parked in such manner or under such conditions as to leave available not less than ten feet of width of the alley for the free movement of vehicular traffic. (Prior Section 10.20.020)
  16. No person shall leave a disabled or abandoned property on any public street, alley or road for more than forty-eight hours. (Prior Section 10.20.050 (a))(Ordinance 18-08-21-02)

 

10.20.030 – OFF-STREET PARKING PLACE – TIME LIMITED PARKING/PERMIT PARKING

Definition. For the purpose of this section,

  1. Public parking spaces” include all city owned lands including roadways and rights-of-ways
  2. Private parking spaces” include both publicly and privately-owned off-street parking spaces which are reserved for the use of a specific individual or group of individuals or are otherwise restricted when such reservations or restrictions are posted.
  3. Time limited parking/permit parking” include both publicly and privately-owned off-street parking spaces which are reserved for the use of a specific individual or group of individuals or are otherwise restricted when such reservations or restrictions are posted.
  4. Harbor Parking- Harbor Zone. Loading and unloading, except for the space designed for the harbormaster, handicapped, ATV vehicles or special use vehicles. (Ordinance 18-08-21-02 Ss; 1-4)
  5. Harbor Parking–Permit Required for Over twelve hours. The parking of any vehicle, boat and/or trailer, motorcycle, RV or other at the Main Harbor, boat launch, and Davidson Landing Harbor areas shall be for no longer than twelve hours, unless a monthly parking permit is obtained at city hall. The permit shall be placed in such a position that it is easily viewed through the windshield, or attached in a secure manner to trailers, etc., as long as the permit is easily viewable by city personnel. The billing cycle for permit parking in these areas shall by from the first of each month to the first of the following month, to correspond to the city’s billing cycle. The first month’s permit fee shall be paid in advance at the time of application plus applicable deposit. If the subsequent invoice is not paid by the due date of the invoice it shall be considered revoked, and the vehicle shall be subject to any applicable provision of the municipal code. All vehicles with no visible way to identify the owner will be marked and impounded after two weeks.
  6. Park and Sell – Permit Required. Permits are sold on a thirty-day period extendable for one additional thirty-day period. Park and Sell is designated to Shoreline Drive across from the Port. The permit shall be placed in such a position that it is easily viewed through the windshield. All vehicles with no visible way to identify the owner will be marked and impounded after two weeks.
  7. Permit Parking – The first month’s permit fee shall be paid in advance at the time of application plus applicable deposit. If the subsequent invoice is not paid by the due date of the invoice it shall be considered revoked, and the vehicle shall be subject to any applicable provision of the municipal code. All vehicles with no visible way to identify the owner will be marked and impounded after two weeks.
  8. Parking Permit Billings – All fee structures for Parking Permits will be set by resolution. Parking Permits will continue to be billed to the customer until the permit has been returned and written notification of removal is submitted to the City of Thorne Bay. (Ord. 18-08-21-02; Prior Ord. 03-06-05-02 §3, 2003: Ord. 84-03-22-01 §13, 1984 Ord. 09-01-06-01 ~2009)(Ord. 15-09-01-01 SS: D) (Prior Section 10.20.060)

10.20.040 PARKING IN EXCESS OF POSTED TIME LIMIT – PERMIT PARKING.

  1. No person in charge of a vehicle shall park or leave such vehicle in a parking space in the herein established parking lots in excess of the posted time limit.
  2. Any owner or operator of a vehicle who parks or leaves such vehicle in a parking space in the herein established time limited parking/permit parking lots in excess of the time permitted is guilty of an infraction and will be punished by the fine established in 1.16.035 if the offense is listed in that fine schedule or by the fine established in 1.16.030 if the offense is not listed in the fine schedule. (Ordinance 18-08-21-02)

10.20.050 EMERGENCY, STREET MAINTENANCE AND SNOW REMOVAL VEHICLES-OBSTRUCTION PROHIBITED.

  1. The mayor or his/her designee shall post signs on any streets where routine repairs are planned. These posted notices shall be in a prominent place and displayed at least eighteen hours before the work is to be performed. This section does not apply to emergency work that may, from time to time, become necessary on any public utility which is accessible from a street, alley or roadway and which work is required without time for planning and notification of the public. (prior section 10.20.050 (d))
  2. No person shall leave any vehicle parked on any public street, alley or road when snow removal or road maintenance activities are planned or are in progress. Any vehicle that is parked on a public street, alley or road shall be moved by the owner or the owner’s representative within four hours after notification by the mayor or the mayor’s designated representative.
  3. In the event that the owner of a vehicle, which is parked on a public street, alley or road, is absent from his/her home, does not have a telephone, or lives in a place that is not readily accessible to the mayor, his designee or street maintenance crews, shall notify the city clerk in advance of a person who is available to move such parked vehicle. (Ord. 18-08-21-02, (Part), Prior 84-03-22-01 §12, 1984)

10.20.060 OFF-STREET PARKING PLACE–REMOVAL OF UNAUTHORIZED VEHICLES.

  1. Definition. For the purpose of this section, “private parking spaces” include both publicly and privately-owned off-street parking spaces which are reserved for the use of a specific individual or group of individuals or are otherwise restricted when such reservations or restrictions are posted.
  2. Removal of Unauthorized Vehicles. The rightful owner, lessee or other person authorized to control or use an off-street private parking space may remove an un authorized vehicle from an off-street private parking space by requesting a towing company authorized by the state of Alaska to conduct towing operations in the city.
  3. The city shall not be liable for any towing, storage or other charges of for the acts of any person taken under the authority of this chapter. (Ord. 18-08-21-02; Prior Ord. 15-09-01-01 SS: D; Prior Ord. 09-01-06-01 ~2009; Ord. 03-06-05-02 §3, 2003: Ord. 84-03-22-01 §13, 1984)

 10.20.080 VIOLATIONS-PENALTIES.

Any person violating any provision of this chapter is guilty of an infraction and shall be punished by the fine established in 1.16.035 if the offense is listed in that fine schedule or by the fine established in 1.16.030 if the offense is not listed in the fine schedule. (Ordinance 18-08-21-02; Prior Ord. 18-01-02-01; Ord. 84-03-22-01 § 16, 1984)

TITLE 10 – VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC
TBMC 10.20.020(a)(1) Parking on Roadway Prohibited for Purpose of Commercial Advertising Optional $50.00    
TBMC 10.20.020(a)(2) Parking on Roadway Prohibited for Purpose of Displaying “For Sale” Signs Optional $50.00    
TBMC 10.20.020(a)(3) Parking on Roadway Prohibited for Non-Emergency Vehicle Greasing/Repairing Optional $50.00    
TBMC 10.20.020(a)(4) Parking on Roadway Prohibited for Commercial Car Washing Optional $50.00    
TBMC 10.20.020(c) Parking Prohibited – Obstructing Movement of Vehicular Traffic Optional $50.00    
TBMC 10.20.020(d)(3) Parking Prohibited – Camping Prohibited Optional $50.00    
TBMC 10.20.020(d)(4) Parking Prohibited – Parking in Loading/Unloading Zone Prohibited Optional $50.00    
TBMC 10.20.020(e) Parking Prohibited – Disabled or Abandoned Vehicle Longer Than 48 Hours Optional $50.00    
TBMC 10.20.030(a) Parking in Excess of Posted Time Limit-Harbor Parking Permit Required >12 hrs Optional $50.00    
TBMC 10.20.030(c) Parking in Excess of Posted Time Limit-Park & Sell Permit Required Optional $50.00    
TBMC 10.20.040 Parking, Standing, Stopping – Parking in Excess of Posted Time Limit Optional $50.00    
TBMC 10.20.050(b) Emergency, Street Maintenance and Snow Removal Vehicles-Obstruction Optional $100.00    

REMOVAL OF HOMES ENCROACHING INTO PUBLIC STREETS OR THOROUGHFARE

REMOVAL OF HOMES ENCROACHING INTO PUBLIC STREETS OR

THOROUGHFARE

 

A primary structure encroached on a public street or thoroughfare will be removed by the owner of the improvement by 4:30 p.m. on July 1, 2033.  In the meantime, such structures may be maintained within the confines of this covenant so long as the present structure exists, but may not be structurally altered or rebuild as to that portion involved in the encroachment.  For purposes of this covenant.  A primary structure is defined as a privately-owned residence or place of business exceeding 600 square feet in outside dimensions, which cannot readily, without structural damage or undue economic hardship, be relocated off of the encroachment.  A secondary structure encroached on a public street or thoroughfare will be removed by the owner of the improvement by 4:30 p.m. on July 1, 1986.  Such structures may be maintained within the confines of this covenant but may not be structurally altered or rebuilt as to that portion involved in the encroachment.  For purposes of the covenant, a secondary structure is defined as all other structures not herein defined as primary structure.

 

Plat No. 83-42

Alaska State Land Survey 82-139

Thorne Bay Alaska

Within un-surveyed sections 27 & 28, Township 71 South, Range 84 East, Copper River Meridian. 

 

 

 

 

Updated Agenda Packet

The updated Agenda Packet for tonight’s meeting includes the Budget Amendment for the FY22 Budget.

Amendments include the following changes:

The budget amendment shows that we have a loss of $48,081.99, which is $3,023.33 more of a loss than we had originally anticipated in the adopted FY22 budget.

The new budget you are looking at does not reflect any income from the Sales Tax Savings Accounts, Repair and Replacement Accounts, or Grant funds. By removing the income of the Streets and Roads sales tax account and Community Development tax accounts, we lost $95,000.00 in revenue just in the Streets and Parks departments alone.  Historically we used the Streets & Roads Sales Tax funds to offset the expense to OVK for the MOA on Kasaan/Goose Creek Road maintenance.  If I had kept that in there it would show a profit on the overall budget of $26,976.67.  But we only want to spend the sales tax funding on projects that will provide larger benefits to the community in these departments. Examples of what these funds would be used on are matching grant funds for capital improvement projects, other improvements such as the $68k the council approved by resolution a month ago for OVK to fix a portion of the Kasaan Road to do some clearing and grubbing, lay back up-slopes, fill down-slopes, improve roadway sight distance, improve roadway alignment, open clogged ditches, replace failed culverts, add base rock and surfacing rock, grade and shape the road surface, and other work to make some much needed improvements to improve safety and maintainability.

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IFA Special Announcement – Annette Bay Sailings

Special Announcement:

The IFA will be sailing to Annette Bay June 2nd through August 28, 2022 every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday while the AMHS M/V Lituya undergoes maintenance, and the schedule is as follows:

METLAKATLA 2022 SAILING SCHEDULE

(KTN & ANNETTE BAY)

DEPART KETCHIKAN 11:30 AM 

   ARRIVE METLAKATLA  12:15 PM

DEPART METLAKATLA 12:30 PM

   ARRIVE KETCHIKAN 1:15 PM

Vehicle Line-up is 45 Minutes Prior to Sailing Departure

Thank You, Donna R. Halvorsen Terminal Manager

NOTICE OF INVITATION TO BID ON HARBOR VESSEL

PUBLIC NOTICE

Invitation to bid on two (2) Harbor Vessels

Abandoned/Derelict Vessel M/V Seanna 44’

Vessel will be sold as is. 

Vessel is located in the Thorne Bay Harbor (main town side).

Vessel will not be allowed to stay in the current location.

For a viewing appointment please call the Harbormaster at 907-204-0518.

Minimum Bid for Seanna is $1,000.00

Abandoned/Derelict Vessel M/V Silver Doll 34.2’

Vessel will be sold as is. 

Vessel is located next to the VPSO Office in Thorne Bay at 120 Freeman Drive.

Vessel will not be allowed to stay in the current location.

For a viewing appointment please call City Hall at 907-828-3380

Minimum Bid for Silver Doll is $2,000.00

The City of Thorne Bay will receive sealed bids no later than 12:00 pm on April 22, 2022, at the Thorne Bay City Office, 120 Freeman Drive, Thorne Bay, Alaska 99919. Bids stamped later than 12:00 pm will be rejected.

Winning bidder will be notified by 3:00 pm on April  22nd, 2022.  

To submit a sealed bid, please complete an Abandoned/Derelict Vessel Bid Form and return the form to Thorne Bay City Hall by the above date/time.

Clearly mark the bid envelope with the Vessel name you are bidding. Example: “Vessel Seanna” or “Vessel Silver Doll

City Council Meeting – April 5, 2022 at 6pm

Join us on Tuesday, April 5th at 6pm in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 120 Freeman Drive, Thorne Bay, AK 99919, for our Regular City Council meeting. The council will begin with their Workshop at 6pm and then open for the Regular Meeting at 6:30 p.m. If you cannot attend in person, join us by teleconference or video conferencing using Cisco Webex. Details for how to call in are provided below.

The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend all meetings of the City Council.

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