Deal delayed between the city and the Aleut Corp.
Council will take up contract in mid-March rather than late February
The proposed deal between the Valdez City Council and the Aleut Corp. will not be on the city council agenda early next week according to the city clerk's office.
The council was slated to approve the deal Monday night but that action has been delayed by two weeks according to the city clerk's office.
Two weeks ago, city administration announced in a meeting with residents of Aleutian Village Trailer Park that it had reached an agreement with the Aleut Corp. that would either delay or stop the mass eviction of all mobile homes in the park.
The deal to stop the evictions, currently slated for the end of August, is contingent on the city's success in negotiating a land sale with the Alaska Dept. of Transportation. If it is successful, the Aleut Corp. will continue to run the park for two more years while the city and state complete the complex real estate deal. If a land-sale cannot be facilitated with the state, the Aleut Corp. has agreed it will extend the eviction by 30 days, to Sept. 30, 2016.
"City Council’s work session to discuss Aleutian Village has been moved to Tuesday March 15, at 6:00 p.m." Deputy City Clerk Allie Ferko said in a press release a week ago. "The date change accommodates the timeline needed for final legal review of the Agreement between the City and the Aleut Corporation. The work session is open to the public."
Public testimony will be allowed during the council meeting following the work session.