Juneau Assembly Meets

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) The Juneau Assembly held a moment of silence to honor US Army Chief Warrant Officer Jacob Sims, whose parents live in Juneau.

    The Assembly also held a moment of silence for the victims of a gunman in Sutherland Springs Texas. At least 26 were killed and 20 more seriously wounded in the shooting at the 1st Baptist Church on Sunday.

    Family Promises said they continue to work to find housing for 70 grade school students and 165 school kids in Juneau.

    The Assembly introduced ordinances for consideration that include $1.51 million as funding to replace buses for three buses and four Care-A-Van vehicles for capital transit. The federal government provided $12 million in funds and the local match was $302,745. This item will be reviewed by the Assembly Public Works and Facilities Committee on November 20th.

    Other ordinances to be considered at future meetings included $2.15 million to replace three buses and three electric support vehicles for Capital Transit, and $1.33 million to begin reconstruction of the project playground project from insurance funds,

    The Assembly also approved a grant application to the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development for the AWARE women's shelter. 

    The Assembly approved an ordinances to spend $75,000 for a warming center for the homeless to be placed at the former Public Safety Building.

    Other ordinances approved include $281,020 to fund the Juneau International Airport NW Quad Design and Construction Capital Improvement Project, these funds come from passenger facility charges.

    The Assembly approved $816,000 to fund the airport float pond improvement project, $11.2 million to fund the airport NE/NW Quad Apron Construction capital project, and $5.15 million to purchase snow removal equipment at the airport. The FAA will fund over 93% of the airport project.

    Juneau City Police were given authorization to purchase $226,300 in various equipment like $183,700 for a 3D Scanner, LIDAR guns for speed enforcement, and speed boards that inform motorists when they are driving at an unsafe speed. The city also received a grant for $40,000 to install security fences at the Emergency Operations Center and the Police Department.

    The Assembly voted (5-4) to give Eagle Rock six more weeks to finalize financing for a possible 40 unit apartment complex downtown.

    The Assembly also appointed Lauren MacVay and Brandon Cullum to the Juneau Economic Council.

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