Chapter 16.06
EASEMENTS, USE PERMITS AND RESOURCE REMOVAL PERMITS

Sections:

16.06.010    Easements.

16.06.015    Encroachment of Structures.

16.06.020    Temporary use permits.

16.06.030    Timber and resource disposal.

16.06.010 Easements.

A.    Authorized. The borough manager may convey or lease an easement in municipally owned land upon approval by the borough assembly. Easements shall be non-exclusive unless otherwise provided in the easement document.

B.    Application and Fee. The applicant for an easement shall apply to the borough manager or his designee on a form prescribed by the borough manager. The application shall be accompanied by plans, reports, a narrative and other material sufficient to permit the municipality to evaluate need for and use to be made of the requested easement. The application shall also be accompanied by a base fee of fifteen dollars ($15.00) plus an amount determined by the borough manager or his designee to cover the cost of an appraisal of the value of the easement. From time to time, the borough manager shall adjust the base fee to reflect changes in the cost of municipal services.

C.    Departmental Action. The application for the easement shall be referred for comment to municipal departments which may have an interest in the parcel subject to the proposed easement. Upon receipt of the comments of the departments, the borough manager shall refer the application and departmental comments to the borough assembly. Upon receipt of the borough manager’s recommendation, the borough assembly may, by resolution, authorize the borough manager to execute the easement under such terms and conditions as are authorized by the borough assembly.

D.    Survey. Prior to the execution of an approved easement, the applicant shall provide a survey of the easement to the standards required by the borough manager.

E.    Easement Price. The sale or lease price of an easement shall be the appraised value established not more than ninety (90) days prior to borough assembly authorization of the easement. Upon execution of the easement by the municipality, the applicant shall pay to the municipality the market value of any marketable materials, timber or other resources within the easement area which will be destroyed, cut or removed. The borough manager shall determine the value of resources of any marketable materials, timber or other resources within the easement area which will be destroyed, cut or removed.

F.    Improvements and Changes. No improvements or changes in improvements may be made within an easement unless first approved by the borough manager.

G.    As-built Plans. Immediately upon completion of the construction of any improvements within the easement area, the easement holder shall provide the borough manager with accurate, complete and legible as-built drawings of such improvements. Upon making any changes or additions to such improvements, the permittee shall provide the borough manager with as-built drawings showing such changes or additions.

H.    Restoration. The borough manager may require restoration and the posting of such security for restoration as he determines necessary.

(Ord. 12-03, Amended, 03/01/2012; Ord. 90-17, Repealed & Replaced, 08/02/1990; Ord. 84-23, Repealed & Replaced, 10/25/1984)

16.06.015 Encroachment of Structures.

A.    Except as provided by this chapter, it shall be illegal for anyone to construct or cause to be constructed any structure, as defined in SMC 15.12.080(I), or portion of any structure, upon public streets, alleys, or rights-of-way owned by the Municipality of Skagway. Any such encroachments of structures built prior to February 1, 1999, as determined based upon the R&M Survey completed on February 6, 1998, shall be administered as follows:

1.    The portion of any structure constructed within the urbanized area (SMC 15.08.025) prior to 1910 that encroaches upon the property of the Municipality of Skagway shall receive a permanent easement which terminates on the demolition of the portion of the structure encroaching onto public property or portions of the structure immediately adjacent to the encroachment, unless an exact replica of the structure is reconstructed on the site.

a.    Cost of Permanent Easement – The cost for the permanent easement shall be $1.00. The fee will be paid upon the effective date of the easement.

2.    The portion of any structure constructed within the urbanized area (SMC 15.08.025) after 1910, but before February 1, 1999 that encroaches upon the property of the Municipality of Skagway shall receive a lifetime easement that shall terminate upon the destruction or demolition of the portion of the structure encroaching onto public property or portions of the structure immediately adjacent to the encroachment.

a.    Cost of Lifetime Easement – The cost of the lifetime easement shall be 8% of the assessed valuation of the portion of the improvement encroaching upon municipal property, per annum. The fee will be paid with the property taxes each year.

3.    Both permanent and lifetime easements shall be recorded with the district court and become affixed to the deed of ownership of the respective properties.

4.    Structures outside of the urbanized area constructed prior to February 1, 1999 encroaching on the property of the Municipality of Skagway may be granted easements, leases, or vacation of right-of-way, at the discretion of the borough assembly.

B.    Penalties – The owner of any structure constructed after February 1, 1999, found to be encroaching on any public street, sidewalk, alley, or right-of-way shall remove such structure from public property, or pay a fine equal to 25% of the assessed valuation of the entire improvement which contains the encroaching structure. Such fine shall be imposed on an annual basis until the said encroachment has been removed.

(Ord. 12-03, Amended, 03/01/2012; Ord. 99-03, Added, 04/15/1999)

16.06.020 Temporary use permits.

A.    The borough manager or his designee may issue temporary use permits for the purpose of authorizing entry onto and use of municipal property for exploration, survey, archaeological exploration and other uses of less than one (1) year which are essentially nondestructive. Permits issued under this section shall be for such fees and under such terms and conditions as the borough manager determines are appropriate.

B.    The borough assembly may, by resolution in each specific case, authorize the borough manager to grant permits to applicants for the use of municipal lands for a period not to exceed two (2) years, without appraisal of the value of the land or public auction of the permit, for any purpose compatible with the land use classification of such lands, and on such terms for such use as the borough assembly determines. The provisions of Section 16.02.160 of this chapter shall, insofar as practical, apply and be a part of every such permit.

(Ord. 12-03, Amended, 03/01/2012; Ord. 90-17, Repealed & Replaced, 08/02/1990; Ord. 84-23, Repealed & Replaced, 10/25/1984)

16.06.030 Timber and resource disposal.

A.    The borough manager or his designee may authorize the sale or disposal of resources on municipal land, including materials and structures, dead and down or diseased timber for such fees and under such terms and conditions as he determines are appropriate. Materials and structures may be sold or disposed of only if the borough manager determines that there is little commercial value for the material or structure and the disposal is incidental to or consistent with a planned use of the property.

B.    The borough assembly may, by resolution in each specific case, authorize the borough manager to grant permits to applicants for the purpose of removing earth, stone, gravel, timber or other resource from such lands, in which event the payment due the municipality under the permit shall be based on fair market value of the materials removed, and the borough assembly’s resolution hereunder shall constitute the written permission required under Section 16.02.160 R.

(Ord. 12-03, Amended, 03/01/2012; Ord. 90-17, Repealed & Replaced, 08/02/1990; Ord. 84-23, Repealed & Replaced, 10/25/1984)