Additional funding for Capital Civic Center highlights Assembly agenda

    Juneau, Alaska KINY) - The Juneau Assembly will be asked to appropriate $2 Million from the general fund during Monday evening's regular meeting for the Capital Civic Center capital improvement project.

    Manager Rorie Watt was asked about the project that looks to expand Centennial Hall while a guest on Action Line. "That $2 Million would do kind of detailed architecture and engineering that would then make that project ready to figure out under kind of a modified procurement method what that would actually cost."   That would be the next step, he added.  "The good thing about that project is that we got   the Chamber of Commerce, Travel Juneau, the Arts Council, and the partnership board all working together with the same vision."

    Up for action is a measure amending existing CBJ COVID-19 mitigation strategies.  One reason for the proposed changes is the availability now of vaccines for children as young as five, according to the manager's report to the Assembly.

    Another ordinance would remove the exemption for cost of power adjustments on electrical power from sales tax.  The Assembly granted the exemption following the massive avalanche in 2008 that damaged hydroelectric lines from Snettisham which led to a dramatic increase in electric rates.  The Assembly only intended for the exemption to be temporary, but it inadvertently remained in the sales tax code, according to the manager's report to the Assembly.

    Various ordinances, resolutions, and regulations have automatic monetary adjustment provisions tied to the Consumer Price Index or other inflation metrics. Another measure up for action would clarify that the municipal attorney is authorized to update those provisions.

    The Assembly will be asked to approve two bid awards.  One is for a new roof at Riverbend Elementary School. The low bidder was Dawson Construction which was just under $2.4 Million.   The architect's estimate ranges from $2.5 to $2.9 Million.  The manager is recommending that Dawson be awarded the project.

    The other bid award is reconstruction of Calhoun Avenue from the Gold Creek Bridge to the intersection of West 7th Street.  The low bidder was North40 Construction Corporation at just under $1.9 Million.  The engineer's estimate was about $326,000 lower.  The manager is recommending that North 40 get the contract.

    Members will be asked to sign off on awards from the Juneau Affordable Housing Fund.  They include AWARE's Cordova Street project at $150,000; St. Vincent DePaul's Channelview project for $50,000; and St. Vincent's Teal Street project at $100,000.

    The body will take up an ordinance under unfinished business that involves a rezone request for a 15-acre parcel on North Douglas approximately 1 mile north of the Juneau-Douglas Bridge.

    The applicant requested a rezone from D-15 to General Commercial. The Community Development Department recommended a transition rezone from D15 to Light Commercial with conditions and a Comprehensive Plan map amendment  The Planning Commission, instead, recommended a rezone from D15 to Light Commercial because it concluded Light Commercial conforms to the Comprehensive Plan, yet the Planning Commission also recommended the Assembly amend the Comprehensive Plan to allow the requested higher residential densities allowed in commercial districts.

    Further complicating matters is the conclusion by the Systemic Racism Review Committee that the ordinance would likely perpetuate systemic racism if adopted.

    So for the second time, the manager is recommending the Assembly send the matter back to the Committee of the Whole for further consideration.

    The regular meeting is scheduled to convene at 7 p.m.

    The Human Resources Committee meets earlier at 6 p.m.  That panel will take up appointments to the Board of Equalization.  Two of the three incumbents have applied for another term.  There's also a vacant position due to a resignation.

    It will consider a resolution naming the  Archipelago Lot "Peratrovich Plaza" in honor of Alaska Civil Rights Advocate Elizabeth Peratrovich.

    Members will also set dates to conduct interviews of applicants applying for two vacant seats on the Systemic Racism Review Committee.


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