KHNS to live-stream assembly meetings

KHNS will soon offer online, live-streaming of Haines and Skagway borough assembly meetings, general manager Kay Clements told the Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday.

KHNS is working with the borough to set up live-streaming for the assembly’s Dec. 12 regular meeting. The public radio station will live-stream Skagway’s Dec. 7 meeting.

A link to listen in will be available at The meetings won’t be recorded so listeners will need to tune in in real-time.

Cozzi wins state clerk award

Haines Borough Clerk Julie Cozzi was given a “Presidential Award” award this month from the Alaska Association of Municipal Clerks at its annual conference.

Cozzi has served as borough clerk for 14 years and is planning to retire next year.

She was out of town this week and unavailable for comment.

Committee to examine meeting format

The Haines Borough Assembly is considering changing its assembly meeting format and schedule in an effort to become more effective and efficient.

At the direction of the assembly, borough manager Debra Schnabel surveyed other communities in Alaska on how they conduct their meetings. Some boroughs alternate between work sessions and business meetings. Other assemblies hold work sessions prior to their business meetings.

The assembly directed the Government Affairs and Services Committee to further investigate the topic.

The assembly is required to meet the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, according to borough code. The clerk can call a special meeting with written request from the Mayor or at least three assembly members.

Borough moves ahead with biomass boiler

The assembly voted 5-1 to approve a contract with Wisewood Energy for the design and engineering of the Haines School biomass heating project for an amount not to exceed $229,422.

The design and engineering is grant funded and an additional $1 million is available for the project. The borough will have to pay the remainder of the roughly $2.6 million project, if it’s approved. The borough could also put a hold on the project and find another funding source.

While the assembly approved the design to go forward, the borough is not obligated to approve the final wood chip-fueled boiler project.

The refurbished city shop, Haines Senior Center, Oleruds and the Chilkoot Indian Association use biomass boilers to heat their buildings,