CBJ Assembly holds special meeting on COVID-19

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The assembly reviewed plans to distribute CARES funding to help local child care facilities, businesses that need help with rent or leases, and provide jobs for the unemployed.

    The Economic Stabilization Task Force reported 1,700 Juneau residents have received unemployment insurance benefits during the pandemic.  They suggested creation of a new program to put people to work doing work on CBJ trails.

    48 workers would have jobs for up to four months.  The requested funding is $1 million.

    The assembly adopted a resolution that authorizes the CBJ to execute an agreement with the State of Alaska to accept $53 million in CARES funding.

    The assembly will review a proposal to extend the 14-day quarantine for out of state travelers coming to Juneau at a special meeting on Monday night.

    The assembly also adopted an emergency ordinance to require passengers of Capital Transit buses wear cloth face coverings.  Certain CBJ facilities that are public places will also require masks.  For example patrons of the Mendenhall Valley Library will be required to wear masks when inside the library.

    The assembly also introduced an ordinance to appropriate $3.5 million for a business sustainability grant program.  $2.2 million would be used toward rent or lease payments and long term debt.  $1.3 million would go toward a utility cost program.

    The assembly also held a public hearing and adopted an emergency appropriation resolution to appropriate $1.06 million for a child care relief program.

    A policy discussion on how best to spend the $53 million by the end of December will be an agenda item during the Committee of the Whole Meeting Monday night.

    The assembly is expected to consider a resolution that opposes a proposal to merge the University of Alaska Southeast with either the University of Alaska Anchorage of the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  They will take up the resolution during a special assembly meeting Monday.

     

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