Assembly COW to take myriad of issues, Human Resources to deal with appointments

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Assembly Committee of the Whole will take up a draft ordinance for review that deals with essential public facilities proposed by City Manager Rorie Watt during its meeting Monday evening.

Watt  said on  Action Line Friday that other communities have given their elected officials the authority to determine a facility to be essential and that they can place it where ever the want no matter the zoning rules.  Watt said he brought the idea up about a year ago when they were trying to figure out answers to some of the homelessness issues. He said a decision on the ordinance is not imminent.

The Mendenhall River bank stabilization project is on the agenda.  Watt said they've been talking to the federal government about a program that could 75 percent of the cost.  He said that still would leave around $2 Million for the neighborhood.  He explained that they're providing an update since the federal government informed them  that we were taking too long to make a decision.  Watt said they requested a time extension and received another 90 days."

"I think the neighborhood is still not on the same page.   Some people think its a good idea.   Some people think its not a good idea.  That's a tough one, no easy answers."

The panel will take up the draft Juneau Renewable Energy Strategy which Watt says the Commission on Sustainability has labored over it for a long time.   

An update on the recycle works land will also be taken up.  Watt says they're talking Alaska Brewing about a three way land deal where they would sell city property to the brewery and then the city would purchase an industrial lot and move hazardous waste there and eventually consolidate the recycling center with hazardous waste.

The Assembly Committee of the Whole meeting convenes at 6 p.m. Monday in Assembly Chambers at City Hall.

The body's Human Resources Committee meets at 5:15 p.m. Monday in City Hall Conference Room 224 to interview applicants for three seats to the Bartlett Regional Hosptial Board of Directors and also applicants for three seats on the Planning Commission.



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