Three Juneau Assembly committees scheduled to meet Monday

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Three topics are up for discussion at Monday evening's Assembly Committee of the Whole meeting, according to Mayor Beth Weldon while a guest on Action Line.

    One is the annual report from the Juneau Coalition of Housing and Homeless.   

    The panel will be updated on Capital Civic Center.  The alliance of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce, Travel Juneau, the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, and the Partnership Board have been working on a plan for the project.

    The project is conceived as an expansion of Centennial Hall.  Staff estimates the cost at $77 Million.  

    Also up for discussion are the tourism survey and recommendations of the Mayor's Visitor Industry Task Force.
    The Committee of the Whole meeting convenes at 6 p.m. Monday.

    The Lands, Housing and Economic Development Committee meets at 5 p.m.   Topping that agenda is funding recommendations from the Juneau Affordable Housing Fund.

    In a memo from Chief Housing Officer Scott Ciambor the recommendations include $150,000 for the AWARE Cordova Street Project and $150,000 for two St. Vincent DePaul projects.  Its Channel View project would receive $50,000 and the Teal Street project, $100,000.

    Further consideration of the Gastineau Lodges Apartments loan is also recommended.
    Projects not recommended for funding at this time include the Bergman Hotel and the former Glory Hall facility downtown on North Franklin Street.  

    The Assembly earlier this year authorized an expenditure of $700,000 for affordable housing projects.

    The  panel will also be updated on the status of housing initiatives and updates to Title 49, the  Land Use Code,

    The Public Works and Facilities Committee meets over the Noon hour Monday.   The proposed new city hall will be taken up for discussion.  The mayor says that process is moving along very well.

    That committee will also look at capital project funding.   Staff is recommending that $2.5 Million be added for the Augustus Brown Pool renovation and $500,000 to the Centennial Hall renovation project.  In both cases, cost estimates have gone up.

    The bid opening for the pool project is set for December 7.  An appropriation ordinance will be introduced at the Assembly's meeting on December 13 with a public hearing set for January 10.

    The design and bid process for the Centennial Hall project is proceeding, according to the staff memo.

    Members will also review Assembly goals, listen to a presentation on the Waste Management quarterly report, and take up a proposal to expand the Junk Vehicle Program.


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