Key decisions made in three different Assembly meetings

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - There's plenty of Juneau Assembly activity to report from Thursday evening between a Finance Committee meeting, a meeting of the Committee of the Whole, and a special meeting.

    Assembly Finance took up an additional appropriation for Capital City Fire Rescue to help it keep up with an ever increasing work load.

    City Manager Rorie Watt  said on Action Line Friday that the committee approved a motion to boost the dollar amount to allow for the 24 hour staffing rather than the original 12 hour staffing plan.

    The appropriation amount was increased from $350,000 to $361,000.  Watt indicated  the appropriation level will increase further later on.

    A proposed bond package and increase in the hotel - motel tax were taken up during the special meeting.  Watt said it was decided that those matters will be decided during a Committee of the Whole meeting and separate special meeting on the evening August 20th.  It will be decided during the special meeting on whether those matters will be advanced for voter approval during the October 2 election.

    The Committee of the Whole took up a funding  request from Housing First for phase two of its project.  The request was made of the Assembly after Housing First learned of a grant opportunity offered by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation.   The request in local funding amounts to $1.8 Million.

    The Assembly ordered an ordinance for introduction during its meeting August 20 with a public hearing and final action scheduled for September 17.


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