Nuisance calls, senior housing and transit center to highlight COW agenda

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Several interesting matters are before the Assembly Committee of the Whole Monday evening.

    A proposal to deal with chronic nuisance calls is up for discussion, according to City Manager Rorie Watt, who said there are a number of properties that are the subject of many police calls.  So Watt says they want to start finding the property owners.

    Watt said on Action Line that they still have to come up with a fine schedule.  He said the proposed measure would probably be held in the Committee of the Whole for additional work.

    The purchase of land at Vintage Park to build senior housing is on the agenda.  Watt said they've long known that development of assisted senior housing is not economical.  He said four different developers have told them the same thing.  He told the Assembly if progress is to be made, then the local government should buy the land and have a competitive process for support for the project.  

    The Finance Committee has agreed to buy the land.  Up for discussion by the Committee of the Whole is creating a tax abatement incentive.  

    Locating a transit center in the Valley at the Mendenhall Mall is before the committee. Watt said it would be located on an empty lot between Heritage Coffee and the NAPA store. In addition to allowing the buses to swap out passengers at that location,  he said a park and ride could be created there which would help with the downtown parking problem.

    The panel will be updated by the Child Care Committee, listen to a presentation on the draft Parks and Recreation Master plan, and convene in executive session to receive an update on contract negotiations.

    The Committee of the Whole meeting is scheduled to convene at 6 p.m. in Assembly Chambers at City Hall.

    The Lands and Resources Committee meets beginning at 5 p.m.  

    Members will be updated on the upcoming sale of four city-owned lots at Lena Point and on a warming shelter for next winter.

    The Public Works and Facilities Committee meets beginning at Noon.

    Highlighting that agenda is an assessment update for renovations at Centennial Hall, an update on park and playground capital improvement projects and appropriation request of $500,000 from Bartlett Regional Hospital for the planning and design for the crisis stabilization project.

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