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By Dan Rudy 

Ports retake rate increase suggestion, longer leases


The Wrangell Port Commission will move ahead with plans to reexamine rates, it decided at its regular meeting on Jan. 7.

The meeting was prefaced by a rate change workshop, where commissioners pored over sheets comparing local lift, storage, work and moorage fees with other communities. The sheets were put together by harbormaster Greg Meissner, who made the case for an increase.

The commission had previously considered a 50-percent raise in work area rates to 75 cents per square foot, but decided last March to wait amid concerns from contractors. But as the Harbor Department put its number...

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