Watt to recommend Assembly Scrub River Erosion Plan and Reduce Proposed Airport Parking Fine

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Several matters of consequence are before the Juneau Assembly during its regular meeting this evening.

    One is an ordinance up for action that calls for the Assembly to adopt a recommendation from the Airport Board of Directors dealing with parking violations in the staging area.  The airport board is recommending a $100 fine, but City Manager Rorie Watt will call on the Assembly to reduce that to $50.

    Watt said he from members of the public that the proposed $100 fine was sending the wrong message to our gateway of the city.

    Another  ordinance up for action seeks to establish a Riverbank Stabilization Project along the Mendenhall River that impacts 26 property owners.

    The project's total cost is 11 million 425 thousand dollars.  The National Resources Conservation Service Emergency Watershed Protection Program would fund the design, inspection and construction administration, plus 75 percent of the estimated construction costs.

    Watt says the local government's estimated contribution would be just over $3 Million.  The combined contribution by property owners would be two million, 80 thousand dollars or $80,000 per property.

    Watt is recommending the Assembly reject the ordinance.

    In his report to the Assembly. Watt calls it, "A life changing financial event."

    A change in state law relating to criminal offenses and penalties for criminal mischief is the subject of another ordinance up for action that brings CBJ code into compliance.

    Offenses involving damage to public or private property would require a penalty of at least 25 hours of community work service.

    The Assembly will be asked to okay two bid awards.  One is for repairs to Taku Harbor.  The city manager is recommending that the contract be awarded to Trucano Construction in the amount of $115,993.  An ordinance up for action accepts a State Fish and Game grant for the project.

    The other bid award is for paving and drainage improvements on Birch Lane from Julep Street to the Mendenhall Boulevard Intersection.  It's recommended that the award to to Admiralty Construction in the amount of $1,253,052.

    The Assembly will be asked to protest the renewal of a liquor license to Tides Complex, Incorporated, doing business as Dragon Inn Chinese Cuisine, Incorporated, located at 5000 Glacier Highway in the Lemon Creek area.

    The Fire Marshal's office says the kitchen fire suppression system does not meet the fire code.

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


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