- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

SITKA, Alaska (AP) - The Sitka Assembly is seeking legal advice to help settle liability issues related to the Aug. 18 landslides.

The Assembly held a special meeting Wednesday to call an executive session on the matter. No action was taken, The Sitka Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1O6low0).

“The Assembly received legal advice from David Bruce, attorney, on possible legal claims for damages, and on possible claims about permitting and land use issues, relating to the Kramer Avenue landslide,” Mayor Mim McConnell said in a statement after the closed-door session.

The meeting was adjourned with no further action by the Assembly in open session.

City Administrator Mark Gorman said the city is also seeking consultation from geotechnical experts to help officials determine the necessary steps for property owners “to secure permits or certificates of occupancy in the area.”

The city will hire the geotechnical and environmental consulting firm Shannon and Wilson Inc., Gorman said.

The special meeting was held one day after the administrator announced plans to award a contract for removal of the 7,500 cubic yards of debris and repairs on Kramer Avenue, which has remained closed since the Aug. 18 slide.

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Information from: Daily Sitka (Alaska) Sentinel, http://www.sitkasentinel.com/

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