Amalga Harbor grant tabled over concerns about bears

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) The CBJ Assembly Public Works Committee heard from two users of Amalga Harbor who had concerns about a fish cleaning float.

    Port Director Carl Uchytil explained they have sought a $250,000 grant for the Amalga Harbor Fish Cleaning Float from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

    Assembly member Rob Edwardson raised concern about maintenance of the float in perpetuity.   He also questioned whether there would be more fish waste at the facility.

    Several residents who use Amalga Harbor had concerns about the cleaning float. 

    Kate Sullivan, who lives on Amalga Harbor Road, said there is a fish waste and a bear problem at the facility.  "I can find no justification for why best management practices are not being followed.  Some of the fish carcasses sink, and get carried with the tide toward our homes.  The debris drops in the tall grasses and creates a terrible odor and gives bears incentives to come closer to our home."

    Sullivan said a bear killed a local dog and came in contact with a local homeowner this summer.  "Removing this bear won't solve the problem because another bear will just move in."

    There are eight resident bears who frequent the facility.   A large percentage of sport fish caught in the Juneau area come in through Amalga Harbor like 6,200 salmon, 5,200 halibut, and numbers of rock fish and other species.

    Doug Larsen testified that his family has owned a cabin at Amalga Harbor since the 1950s.  He said residents appreciate the work done at Amalga Harbor.  He listed concern about congestion.  He said the proposal may not be feasible and the CBJ should not spend this kind of money on something that might not work.

    The Docks and Harbors Board referred approval of accepting the $230,000 ADFG grant at its regular meeting on December 20 and recommends the Assembly adopt Ordinance 2018-11(Y) at its January 28th meeting.

    It is Docks & Harbors intentions to hold an additional public meeting at the Mendenhall Valley Library, most likely in February or March, before proceeding with the public hearing at a future Board meeting.

    The Public Works Committee opted to table a recommendation on the grant until the public hearing is held and concerns are addressed.  

    The Public Works Committee recommended $160,000 be appropriated for the Bartlett Regional Hospital Pharmacy Cleanroom Renovation.  This project is needed to bring BRH in compliance with the requirements of the hazardous drugs and handling in healthcare settings and the pharmaceutical compounding sterile preparations for the BRH Pharmacy Cleanroom Renovation”.  The federally mandated compliance date is December 1, 2019.  The total project is estimated to cost $1,300,000 however the construction costs of $1,140,000 has been submitted as part of the 2020 Capital Improvement Project.   The federally mandated compliance date is December 1, 2019.  The total project is estimated to cost $1,300,000 however the construction costs of $1,140,000 has been submitted as part of the 2020 CIP.

    The committee recommended to the full assembly proceeds from the Shaune Drive Public Property, $1.77 million, be spent on deferred building maintenance, $300,000 and renovations to the old Valley Shop at 2520 Barrett Avenue.   $1.47 million would be spent on the new Recycleworks Consolidated Facility capital improvement project.

     

     

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