Petersburg approves merger of departments

Petersburg, Alaska (KINY) After much discussion and debate it looks like a plan to merge the Petersburg Municipal Power and Light with the boroughs public works department is a go.

The Petersburg Manager, Steve Giesbrecht was directed to move ahead with a reorganization of the public utility and the public works department his week.

Employees of the electric department voiced opposition to the change.  Karl Hagerman would become utility Director over Petersburg
Municipality Power and Light.  Chris Cotta would take his place as public works director.

Former superintendent Joe Nelson said his electric department took pride in their work, "We took a different attitude.  We wanted to do the work here.  We wanted the money to stay here.  We wanted to be a viable utility so that when canneries or lumber mills whoever came in, we could serve them."

There was some concern over safety and the training needed to be electric linemen and employees.

The vote was 4-3 in favor of the reorganization.  Several ordinances must be approved to titles and job descriptions before the merger can be concluded.

 

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