New Juneau Assembly set for busy Monday

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The new Juneau Assembly conducts several meetings Monday.

    A special meeting is scheduled to convene at 6 p.m.

    Mayor Beth Weldon talked about that agenda on Action Line.  

    She said there's a supplemental agreement involving wastewater crossings of the Mendenhall River which have been comprised by erosion.   The agreement would authorize installation of a second river crossing near the Kaiser pumping station.

    Also up for approval is a resolution calling for the ratification of the tentative agreement with the International Association of Fire Fighters  for an economic reopener provided for in the current collective bargaining agreement.

    The terms of the economic reopener include a 2% general wage increase, retention of  incentive bonuses, and an adjustment to the wage rate for captains. The total cost of the provisions over the life of the contract is projected to be approximately $204,000.

    Association members have approved the agreement.      

    During the  Committee of the Whole meeting, the mayor said the body will take up draft regulations proposed by the Marijuana Control Board for on-site consumption of marijuana products.

    In addition to authorizing an onsite consumption endorsement to a marijuana retail store, the proposed regulations allow for a local option to prohibit onsite consumption.

    The Assembly will debate how it should proceed. In his recommendation, Manager Rorie Watt said CBJ's position should be neither for or against on-site consumption, although its critical that the local option remain in the regulations.

     Written comment is due by November 1.

    Also on the agenda is the state's new smoke free workplace law.  Right now city code allows smoking closer to doorways.  The state law increases the distance from 10 feet to 20 feet.

    The state law does not have a small employer exception, while city code does.

    The state law also allows a local option to make the state law nor enforceable, although a public vote would be required.

    Watt is recommending that the local code be brought into conformance with the state law.  He thinks it will be less confusing and easier to enforce.

    The body will be updated on the Affordable Housing Fund; take up a resolution in support of the Alaska Salmon Hatchery Program; as well as an ordinance amending the Land Use Code relating to alternative residential subdivisions.

    Two other Assembly committees meet Monday.  Public Works and Facilities is scheduled at Noon and Lands at 5 p.m.

    Lands will take up an application from Deckhand Dave's to purchase Pocket Park located at South Franklin and Front Streets.

    The application states that the area will be used for a food court area to foster economic development for new business opportunities as
    well as displaced existing (businesses) from Archipelago lot.

    Also on the agenda is an application from Juneau Compost to lease city land adjacent to the South Lemon Creek gravel pit.  The application states that the purpose is to help conserve limited landfill space and help promote recycling.

    In addition to the Mendenhall River wastewater crossings,  Public Works and Facilities will take up the recommendations of the Juneau Coordinated Transportation Coalition for the funding of Fiscal Year 20 grants from the state.

    All of the Assembly meetings will be held in Assembly Chambers at City Hall.

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