Juneau Assembly committees to meet Monday

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Three Assembly committees meet Monday, with the first meeting kicking off at noon.

    The Assembly Public Works and Facilities Committee meets over the noon hour Monday.

    The committee will be asked for its input on the process for establishing the list of CBJ legislative capital project priorities.

    Members will receive an update on the Centennial Hall.  A staff memo says ballroom renovations should be ready to bid in May with construction beginning in early August.  Completion is pegged for June of 2023.  That would impact use of the facility for next year’s public market and the Folk Festival in April of 2023.

    The committee will also receive an update on the clean up of junk vehicles at River Road.

    The Assembly Lands, Housing and Economic Development Committee meets at 5 p.m.

    A request for a negotiated property exchange in Auke Bay is on the agenda.

    According to a Memo from the CBJ Lands and Resources Manager, the owner of 11930 Glacier Highway, Karla Allwine, requested to purchase property from the City in order to gain enough property to meet the minimum size for a rezone. Lands manager Dan Bleidorn said that Allwine is agreeable to a fair market value land trade that would provide the City access, as long as it also provides the necessary minimum lot size for a rezone.

    The Mendenhall Valley Air Quality Program will be discussed. CBJ City Manager Rorie Watt said the valley sometimes fails to meet air quality requirements.

    The status of housing initiatives and Land Use Code updates are planned. Watt said the city has affordable housing grants currently out for solicitation, he thinks the grants will come back to the committee at the end of November. Watt said the group may get a report from the special housing and development task force, which is tasked with looking at ways to help the permitting process.

    Travel Juneau will also provide the committee with an update.

    The Committee of the Whole takes up a number of subjects during its meeting at 6 p.m.

    One deals with cruise dock electrification. Watt said there is a lot of community support for providing more shore power at the municipal docks. He said that electrifying two cruise ship docks will cost around $25 million.

    The panel will be updated on the acquisition of the downtown boatyard owned by the University of Alaska Southeast. The city rents the property, but Watt said that puts pressure on harbor rates. Watt said he thinks it's a good move for the city to figure out a way to purchase the property and own it as long term asset. The property purchase would be 2.9 million, which Watt said is based on an appraisal.

    An update on child care is also planned. CBJ provided grant funding for the Southeast Alaska Association for the Education of Young Children to support childcare providers. Watt said the organization asked for changes in the terms of the grant.

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