Regular Assembly meeting and two committee meetings to take up a variety of issues

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The proposed move of the City Museum highlights the agenda of the Assembly's Committee of the Whole this evening. (Monday)

    Mayor Beth Weldon talked about that on Action Line.  She said members will discuss the process for implementing the idea put forth by City Manager Rorie Watt.  

    That idea is to move the museum to the Archipelago Project area so its closer to the waterfront and more foot traffic than it receives now.

    The mayor figures it to be an $8 Million to $9 Million project. She figures it would be paid through a blend of cruise ship taxes, private sector donations, and city funding.  

    The Affordable Housing Fund process will be up for discussion.    The mayor says there's about $1.3 Million in the fund now.  The goal for use of those monies is earmarked for the financing of projects to help with the lack of housing in Juneau.  Accessory apartment grants and mobile home loans among programs aided by the fund.

    A request from the owner of the Franklin Dock is on the agenda.  The owner wants to place a floating berth on the dock, according to the mayor, which would involve leasing CBJ owned tidelands.  Franklin Dock owns tidelands that city needs to extend the seawalk to the National  Guard Dock.  The company would like to exchange the value of tidelands that CBJ desires for use of the dock.

    A letter from Morris Communications in regard to parking will be discussed.  The company does not want to provide parking as part of the Archipelago Project.  The request to the Assembly comes after the Planning Commission turned down its request for a parking variance.  City Manager Rorie Watt is recommending that the Planning Commission consider amendments to the parking code and to look at changes for the entirety of downtown and not just the Archipelago development.  Mayor Weldon said payment in lieu of parking may be the answer.  The level of payment would need to be negotiated, she added.

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

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    The Assembly Public Works and Facilities Committee takes up a joint letter from the Juneau Chamber of Commerce, Travel Juneau and The New JACC Partnership that calls for exploring the possibility of connecting a new arts and culture center with Centennial Hall.

    A joint letter from the Juneau Chamber of Commerce, Travel Juneau, and the New JACC Partnership to City Manager Rorie Watt states that the organizations have met to discuss a single facility that would merge the needs of the arts and culture center with those of Centennial Hall.

    Travel Juneau Chair and Chamber board member Richard Burns talked about that on Action Line.  "I think the idea of it is something worth exploring," he said.  

    The letter to City Manager Rorie Watt  states that, and we quote, "....we're happy to report that all three organizations would like to explore a CBJ-owned facility that merges convention and art spaces."  It calls on the Assembly to retain professional services to evaluate such a merged project."

    During last Fall's local election, the chamber's preference was for the city and borough to fund needed renovations to Centennial Hall rather than a grant to the new JACC.  Voters approved the renovation funds, but in an advisory vote, put thumbs down on a grant.

    The original design of Centennial Hall did include a performing arts component.  

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    The Assembly panel will review a request for $30,000 to fund the design and planning of a biathlon facility that would be adjacent to the Hank Harmon Rifle Range in the Montana Creek Natural Area Park.

    The committee will listen to an update on PFAS contamination in Juneau as the result of the use of fire fighting foam at the airport and Hagevig Fire Training Center.

    A memo to the committee from the Public Works Department informs members that CBJ staff will meet with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Thursday in regards to wastewater effluent violations that occurred over a five year period of the community's two treatment plants.

    The state notified the city and borough last July that intended to seek violations for the violations of the Clean Water Act.  The city has since hired a consultant to prepare a report on the causes and recommend corrections.  That report will be presented to D-E-C at this week's meeting

    The panel will also listen to an update from the Juneau Commission on Sustainability.


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    The Assembly Lands and Resources Committee will look at a plan to increase the inventory of housing downtown that includes abatement of taxes as an incentive to property owners.

    A request for the sale of city-owned sand and gravel at a reduced rate for development of private housing proposed by Chilkat Vistas, LLC is up for discussion.

    The committee will hear of plans by the Parks and Recreation Department to relocate the Thane Campground closer to town.   AJT Mining properties is willing to lease the property for that use, according to a memo from the department to the committee.

    The committee meeting is scheduled to convene at 5 p.m. in Assembly Chambers at City Hall.

     

     

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