Hospital appropriation and emergency ordinances related to COVID-19 highlight Assembly agenda

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - There are a number of action items on the Assembly's regular meeting agenda Monday evening.

    Mayor Beth Weldon said one is an ordinance appropriating $425,000 for Bartlett Regional Hospital.  The funding would allow design to begin for an addition to the Emergency Department.  Ventilation and related improvements in adjacent areas of the hospital are part of the project.  

    The entire project is estimated at $7 million and is part of Bartlett’s long-range plan of improvements to the hospital campus.

    Funding for the project would come from the hospital's fund balance.

    Another ordinance amends the Land Use Code relating to floodplain regulations.  The changes would allow private property owners to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program,

    The mayor says the CBJ must adopt and enforce a floodplain management ordinance, which includes updated floodplain maps.  The measure would update the Title 49 provisions to be consistent with the floodplain maps and policies of the insurance program.

    Currently, Juneau has a local travel mandate in place that requires testing and strict social distancing which is set to expire May 1.  An emergency ordinance up for action would amend the mandate to remove the strict social distancing and generally require testing for all travelers except for travelers that are fully vaccinated.

    Another emergency ordinance reestablishes CBJ COVID-19 mitigation strategies.  It is in response to amendments proposed by the CBJ Emergency Operations Center to the existing strategies.  Manager Rorie Watt wrote in his report to the Assembly that the amendments reflect the community’s progress in getting COVID vaccinations.

    The body will also take up a proposal to conduct future local elections by mail.  The proposal was forwarded to the full Assembly by its Finance Committee.

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

    A Human Resources Committee meeting gavels an hour earlier at six.

    Members will take up an appointment to the Juneau Commission on Aging and a resolution to expand the membership of the Juneau Human Rights Commission.  The proposal calls for expanding the five-member commission to seven.


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