Public works endorses Rotary donation

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - A trail designated as a safe route to school is getting help from Juneau Rotary clubs.

    The Committee learned from John Bohan, Chief Engineer for Capital Improvement Projects and Water Superintendent that insurance policies will reimburse the CBJ $96,000 for Project Playground, $570,000 for the force main on Maier Drive and $25,000 for the H Street Stairway.  The committee forwarded the appropriation of insurance funds to the full Assembly for a public hearing.

    The Committee also recommended acceptance of a $500,000 grant to plan and design the Crises stabilization project at Bartlett Regional Hospital.  The entire budget is $4 million.  Public Works Director Mike Vigue said the project has not gone out to bid and is not designed yet.  The hospital is also seeking additional grants.

    The Juneau Glacier Valley Rotary Club donated $6,345 to the CBJ to help continue improvements at the Switzer Creek Richard Marriott Trail.  In the past year, the Rotary Clubs in Juneau have donated volunteer time and materials to Trail Mix to make improvements to 1,900 feet of trail.  Three rotten bridges were replaced and old deteriorated boardwalk and steps were removed and replaced with a four-foot wide gravel path.

    The additional money will go toward the design and installation of trailhead and trail marker signs along the trail.  The committee recommended the donation be accepted and forwarded the recommendation to the full Assembly.

    The project involved all the Rotary clubs in Juneau and the Rotaract project and all clubs contributed financially to the project.

    The Parks and Recreation Department plans work this year on the Auke Lake Wayside master plan, removal of the Amalga Meadows Park Cabin, repairs to the Christopher Trail, redesign of Chicken Yard Park, and improvements to restrooms and concession stands at Adair Kennedy, Dimond, and Melvin Parks.  The CBJ recently learned they will receive $1.7 million in grants to work on the Kaxdigoowu Trail.  The grant is from the federal government.

    30 people attended a recent meeting on the future of Centennial Hall.  They have collected 20 questionnaires that asked what should be the priority focus for Centennial Hall.  Another public meeting is set for May 30.  The strengths listed were location, overall size, flexibility, staffing, pricing availability, available commercial kitchen, and parking.

    Weakness included poor layout, a need to modernize, making the exterior more attractive, the audio-visual systems, acoustics, and more restrooms,   Those interested in attending concerts there wanted improvements in seating and sight lines and a new sound system.


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