Assembly to meet with School and Docks and Harbors Boards

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Juneau Assembly conducts joint meetings with the Docks and Harbors Board of Directors and the School Board this evening.

    One item on the Docks and Harbors agenda is development of the Archipelago property, the dirt lot south of the parking garage and library, with Morris Communications.

    Port Director Carl Uchytil  said on Action Line last week that part of the discussion with the Assembly will be about how they move forward.

    The other agenda item deals with the resolution approved by the Assembly last week calling on the Coast Guard to home port a fast response cutters in Juneau.

    Uchtyil said right now, Juneau is not on the list to have one of these vessels homeported here.  

    He says Sitka and Seward are scheduled to each get one and Kodiak is to receive two.

    The Liberty, which has been in Juneau since 1988, will be decommissioned by the Coast Guard as early as 2023, according to Uchytil.

    School Board member Jeff Short was asked on Action Line Monday what message the district would have for the Assembly.  "The biggest message will be to make sure they we get funded to the cap thiis year.  It will be particularly crucial this year with the shortfall from the Legislature."

    District Superintendent Mark Miller is not optimistic of the level of funding from the Legislature this year.  "My expectation is that for the fifth year in a row will be flat funded.  Unfortunately are costs are going up about two percent a year."  Miller said on Action Line last week that the district is looking at $3 Million deficit.

    The Assembly Committee of the Whole meeting convenes at 5 p.m. in Assembly Chambers at City Hall.

    The meeting with the School Board will be first with Docks and Harbors to follow.

     

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