Ketchikan selects $95K rain gauge

Nov 08, 2013 -- 12:15pm
- KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) - It took the mayor to break a tie vote, but the Ketchikan City Council has approved the selection of a nearly $95,000 decorative rain gauge. Now the city will draw up a contract with two Dutch artists, which the council must approve at a later date. The Ketchikan Daily News reports that if it's ultimately approved, the money for the gauge will come from the cruise Passenger Vessel funds, a tax on cruise ship passengers. The new gauge was needed after renovation work exposed parts of a lift station and vent pipe. Those areas had been previously covered by a rain gauge, which measures up to 200 inches of rain a year.

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