April 11, 2013 | Volume 43, No. 14

Borough drops idea for harbor fuel card-lock

The Haines Borough has withdrawn its request for bids to provide a card-lock system for fuel purchases at the Small Boat Harbor.

Assistant to the manager Darsie Culbeck said a credit-card-only system was under consideration by borough leaders, who wanted to improve accountability of payments and fuel inventory, but has been reconsidered in light of re-evaluating costs.

Instead, the borough will pursue a reconciliation program that former harbor fuel distributor Delta Western will help the municipality create. He described the program as a structure for tracking sales that improves on the one previously used by the borough.

Culbeck said setting up the system “shouldn’t cost much of anything except some staff time.”

The borough’s ports and harbors advisory committee unanimously recommended a card-lock system.