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Alaska capital advances petition to annex part of island

July 24, 2019

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Juneau is advancing a petition to annex parts of a neighboring island despite a request for further review by a Juneau Assembly member, a report said.

The city and borough of Juneau submitted an application for initial state review in June to annex sections of Admiralty Island, KTOO-FM reported Tuesday.

The only permanent settlement on Admiralty Island is Angoon, a village of 438 about 55 miles (88 kilometers) southwest of Juneau.

The Juneau Assembly approved the boundary proposal by a 5-4 vote in January 2018.

Assembly member Rob Edwardson proposed during a meeting Monday that the assembly repeal and reconsider the resolution, which involves four tracts of land on the island.

“That was hardly a resounding victory,” Edwardson said. “The Assembly’s composed of very different members now, and obviously there’s curiosity about discussing this in-depth to make sure that either we are doing the right thing or that we stop doing the wrong thing.”

Edwardson’s motion failed in a 5-3 vote with one member absent.

The petition will be submitted to the state commission for formal review in the next few weeks and there will be opportunities for further public review, officials said.

A previous offer by Juneau officials to visit Angoon was declined by the community, said Juneau Mayor Beth Weldon.

The annexation issue has been discussed at length and the decision is now up to the state’s Local Boundary Commission and then the Alaska Legislature, Weldon said.

“I think the Assembly’s already weighed in on this,” Weldon said. “This isn’t the end of this.”

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Information from: KTOO-FM, http://www.ktoo.org

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