Discussion on new City Hall the focus of Assembly meetings Monday

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Juneau Assembly gathers for a couple of meetings Monday evening.

    Mayor Beth Weldon said they will talk about the proposed new City Hall during the Committee of the Whole meeting and where they are going from there.

    During a noontime meeting, the Public Works and Facilities Committee will take up a site for a new city hall.   The choices have been narrowed to two:  atop the Transit Center at Main and Egan and on Whittier Street across from the State Museum, the site of the previous State Department of Public Safety Building.

    There's a July deadline for the introduction of an ordinance to consider putting a bond on the ballot this October.  The goal for a final site selection is pegged for April 11th at the Committee of the Whole meeting that day.  Public Works and Facilities is asked to make a recommendation or forward the decision to the COW, or make an alternative recommendation.

    Meanwhile, Monday's COW meeting will follow a special assembly meeting at 6 p.m. when members will conduct joint meetings with the School Board and then the Airport Board.

    During a meeting of the Lands, Housing, and Economic Development Committee that convenes at 5 p.m. members will take up the proposed purchase of the Family Practice Building at 10301 Glacier Highway by Bartlett Regional Hospital.

    The fair market value has been pegged at $2,409,000.  The hospital board voted last month to authorize the purchase and an additional $50,000 for inspections, surveying, and appraisal among other tasks.

    The Assembly will entertain a staff request to allow the hospital to expend its funds for the purchase.

    An amendment to the Memorandum of Agreement between the local government and the Cruise Lines International Association will be taken up.  The proposed change adds language to allow CBJ to fund renovations to Centennial Hall with Marine Passenger Fees up to $10 million over five years.  

    The panel will also receive an update on the implementation of Visitor Industry Task Force recommendations.


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