Assembly Committee of the Whole to take up key issues

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Assembly Committee of the Whole takes on a full agenda during its meeting Monday evening.

    One item deals with the recommendations of the body's Public Works and Facilities Committee regarding the new arts and culture center and Centennial Hall renovations.

    The Partnership for the JACC  is requesting $7.5 Million.  Centennial Hall renovations range from about  $4.1 for the bare minimum to about $14 Million.

    Mayor Beth Weldon said on Action Line that she would rather not increase the mill rate to get that done.

    Bonding is not an option for the new JACC since the city and borough don't own the building and the mayor said there's not an appetite on the Assembly right now to own it.  Sales tax could be used.  Both bonding and sales tax could be used to pay for Centennial Hall renovations.  The mayor pointed out that over $4 Million was brought in via a one percent sales tax last year for Centennial Hall which could also be used for the new JACC.

    An update on the Pederson Hill subdivision and how to dispose of lots is on the agenda.

    Bonding is not an option for the new JACC since the city and borough don't own the building. She said there's not an appetite on the Assembly right now to own it.  Sales tax could be used.  Both bonding and sales tax could be used to pay for Centennial Hall renovations.  The mayor pointed out that over $4 Million was brought in via a one percent sales tax last year for Centennial Hall which could also be used for the new JACC.

    An update on the Pederson Hill subdivision and how to dispose of lots is on the agenda.  The mayor says Lands and Resources Manager Greg Chaney has outlined four different disposal methods for the Assembly's consideration.

    The lots will be disposed of in three stages.  Stage one involves 17 lots.  There are 86 in total.

    A proposed ordinance on the onside consumption of marijuana is up for discussion.  Consumption of edibles is one thing, but smoking is another, according to the mayor, in view of the current smoking ordinance that outlaws smoking government and commercial buildings.

    The Assembly will also discuss the impact of the Governor's budget vetoes on the city and borough.

    The Committee of the Whole meeting is scheduled to convene at 6 p.m. in Assembly Chambers at City Hall.

     

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