Action on school district budget highlights Assembly agenda

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Highlighting the Juneau Assembly's agenda Monday evening is an appropriation ordinance that funds the local school district for Fiscal Year 19.

    The Assembly Finance Committee recommended funding to the local cap and what may be a record amount outside the cap.  That constitutes about $1 point 4 Million to will go toward activities, pupil transportation and the food service program.

    The Assembly Finance Committee last week voted 3 to 6 to not fund the Best Starts program that was aimed at providing child care and preparing pre-school age children for kindergarten....

    Assembly member Maria Gladziszewski talked about that on Action Line Friday with host Pete Carran.  "I feel super bad we couldn't fund it be cause it is a worthy thing.  I just don't think we can add one, two  to three million ongoing cost of our budget for this without broader discussion about how we're going to pay for it."

    An ordinance up for action clarifies provisions of Title 49 related to variances.

    There are a number of appropriation ordinances up for action.

    One provides $100,000 to the Juneau Community Foundation that will flow to Trail Mix for repair work on the Treadwell Ditch Trail.  Another earmarks $50,000  to the Juneau Community Foundation's Park Program.  And there's another that appropriates a $20,000 grant from the State Department of Environmental Conservation for Capital City Fire Rescue.

    City Manager Rorie Watt is recommending that the Assembly reject an ordinance that outlines the funding of the Riverbank Stabilization Program along the Mendenhall River.  Each affected property owner would be on the hook for $80,000.  Watt feels that is too much of a burden to place on the property owners.

    He said on Action Line recently that it will be  back to square one on that matter if the Assembly embraces his recommendation.

    The Assembly will be asked to okay a bid award for the rebuild of Project Playground.

    The city manager is recommending awarding the bid to Carver Construction LLC in the amount of $1,420,671.  That's about $540,000 below the architect's estimate.

    An executive session is planned to update the Assembly on the lawsuit filed by the cruise ship industry in Alaska over use of Marine Passenger fees by the local government.

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


    The Assembly Human Resources Committee meets prior to this evening's regular Assembly meeting where it will take up matters relating to several of the city and borough's boards and commissions.

    Maria Gladziszewski chairs the panel.  She encourages citizens to apply to serve on one of these panels..

    Gladziszewski says applications for positions on the Airport, Docks and Harbors and Eaglecrest Boards are due by June 4th.

    The Human Resources Committee is scheduled to convene at 6 p.m. in Assembly Chambers at City Hall.



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