KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The state Local Boundary Commission has approved a petition from the City of Ketchikan to annex 27.4 acres of land in Bear Valley.
No one lives on that parcel of land, which abuts the city limits. The property owners -- Ketchikan Borough Assembly member George Lybrand, the city, the borough and the state -- initiated the petition.
City services such as street maintenance, police and fire protection will be needed as development occurs on the site, a state report said.
The state is extending a street across the property, and two acres owned by the borough have been singled out as a possible site for a new elementary school.
The city of Ketchikan has another pending petition with the Local Boundary Commission that would consolidate the city and borough governments.
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