2007-10-25 / Front Page

Dutch Harbor Boatyard debt on council agenda

By Tom Shevlin

Town councilors took up several diverse issues at Monday night's town meeting.

Town Administrator Bruce Keiser reported that he and Town Solicitor Peter Ruggiero would begin negotiations with Dutch Harbor Boat Yard (DHBY) over outstanding debts owed to the town.

DHBY had accrued debts of $27,009 in lease payments and other costs to the town. Since taking the matter up at recent council meetings, several payments have been made by DHBY as well as a proposal to remediate the rest of the debt.

In another matter, a joint School Committee and Town Council budget work session was set for Monday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m.

The work session will examine several items of interest to town officials and island residents alike, including a discussion regarding the preliminary budget results for fiscal year 2006-2007, as well as projections for fiscal year 2008- 2009. The impact of the state's recently adopted property tax levy limit will also be discussed.

Town Hall open house

planned for Oct. 29

Jamestown residents are encouraged to visit the new town hall next Monday for a community open house reception beginning at 6 p.m.

Town Administrator Keiser announced the event at Monday's council meeting. The new facility, which consolidates Jamestown's various town offices under one roof after years of operating out of multiple offices, recently underwent a sophisticated multi-million dollar redesign courtesy of island resident and noted architect Bill Burgin.

Teen Center Update

Work on the town's Teen Center at the Jamestown Community Center is almost complete, and a grand opening is being planned for Dec. 1. That's the word from Teen Coordinator Melissa Minto, Keiser reported on Monday.

According to Keiser, partitions have been constructed, insulation has been installed, and needed electric work has been completed. Carpentry and finishing work still remains, however Keiser indicated that the project was expected to be completed for the Dec. 1 grand opening.

Keiser said that Minto has received a tremendous amount of community support for the planned improvements, while the current teen center is a reportedly wildly popular gathering spot for island teens.

Rep. Long legislative update

State Representative Bruce Long (R-Jamestown, Middletown) addressed the council during the open forum.

Long reported that he had met with State Energy expert Andrew Dzykewicz regarding the island's proposed wind energy project. Dzykewicz, according to Long, was very supportive of the town's efforts to explore the construction of one or several wind turbines on the island.

Long was also encouraged by his interaction with the town's Substance Abuse Task Force during a recent conference on teenage alcohol. Long said that he would be working in the next regular session of the General Assembly to draft legislation aimed at stemming teenage alcohol abuse.

A special legislative session is slated to begin next week.

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