Juneau, Alaska (KINY) The CBJ Assembly revisited the issue of annexation but after lengthy debate made no changes to their petition to annex four areas located south and west of the borough.
Assembly member Rob Edwardson argued that if the borough were not bringing any new services to the affected areas, he didn't think it was
right, "If we are going to annex, there has to be something in it for that area. Can we read segments of the law, yes we can annex them, not give them any services but taxation, yes, but it is not in the spirit of all this information in a dove tailed way."
One amendment was first approved to remove Funter Bay but was defeated later in a vote to remove the segment it was included in.
Assembly member Jesse Kiehl admitted he supported removal of some of the area but argued there were no legal problems with what the CBJ has tried to do, "We've heard you can't cross a body of water. A vast majority of boroughs in Alaska cross the water, Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula, almost all of them cross a body of water. That statement is not correct."
Several residents from Angoon also objected to the annexation of a segment of Admiralty Island. A group against annexation held an organizational meeting on Sunday at the Valley Library.
The assembly also voted again to speed up the petition to intervene in the review of the sale of Alaska Electric Light and powers parent company Avista with
the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.
City attorney Amy Mead said that would not give the state enough time, "When there is a contested procedure or application, the RCA has set February 26th as the date for additional public comment. I was informed that the timing would be difficult if the intervention petition were filed close to or after that date. It is something I wanted to bring to your attention. If you approve the appropriation ordinance on February 26th, the filing deadline is the 27th and that is a very small window of time unless we file it now."
In other actions the Mayor proclaimed National Engineering week for February 18th through the 24th. The borough accepted a $74,918 homeland security grant from the state, and adopted agreements for easements for the Department of Transportation project to improve Egan Drive between 10th and Main. Construction begins this summer and ends in the late summer of 2019.
Assembly member Loren Jones also urged the assembly to re-discuss downtown parking issues.
The Assembly mining subcommittee on changes to the borough mining ordinance and will take public comments until February 22nd. They plan to discuss the comments on March 1st.