Warming shelter appropriation up for Assembly action

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Topping the agenda of the Assembly's regular meeting Monday evening is a $75,000 appropriation to fund a warming center for the homeless. It is part of the recommendations made by the Assembly's Homeless Task Force.

    Assemblymember Loren Jones said on Action Line Friday that he believes it will pass.    "I think the Assembly knows we need to do something."

    At last report, City Hall was considering locating the facility in the old Public Safety Department Building on Whittier Street.

    Funding would come from the  Tobacco Tax fund.

    There are a series of other ordinances up for action related to the federal funding for Juneau Airport operations that require Assembly approval.

    A resolution up for action would authorize the manager to apply for community development block grants from the state Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.  

    The city and borough proposes to use the grant to fund an accessibility upgrade project for AWARE's emergency shelter.

    Another resolution calls for granting the State Department of Transportation and Public Facilities a series of easements across CBJ property to facilitate its reconstruction of Egan Drive between Tenth and Main Streets.  According to the city manager's report to the Assembly, the project will include the widening of sidewalks to ADA standards, adding bike lanes when appropriate and updating intersections and pedestrian facilities.

    Involved are eight permanent  and ten temporary easements.  DOT,in return,would pay $38,190, which is the fair market value as determined by an appraisal.

    The Assembly will also receive an update on the 2nd and Franklin Streets project.

    The meeting is scheduled to convene at 7 p.m. Monday in Assembly Chambers at City Hall.


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