Annexation resolution tops agenda of Juneau Assembly

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Juneau Assembly Monday night will consider a resolution authorizing the filing of an annexation petition with the state's Local Boundary Commission.

    Mayor Ken Koelsch explained on Action Line Friday that they are looking at four areas.

    One area designated "A" is a triangular region on the mainland between Juneau's southern boundary and the northern boundary of the Petersburg boundary. 

    Area "B" includes Pack Creek, Oliver's Inlet, and the Glass Peninsula.

    Area "C" is south of the Greens Creek Mine and includes all lands that drain into Wheeler Creek and lands to the west of the Wheeler Creek basin that drain directly into Chatham Strait.

    Area "D" is the northern portion of Admiralty Island including Funter Bay, as well as Horse and Colt Islands.

    The mayor was asked why CBJ is moving to annex those areas now.  "It's a process that needs to be done.  It needs to be done basically since we became a borough and pushing out to our model boundaries.  It would be nice to have it once and done and not have to continuously go back and forth on should we or shouldn't we."

    Action Line Host Pete Carran asked what impact the annexation of lands south of Juneau  by the Petersburg Borough had on the decision to proceed with this annexation action now.  The mayor agreed that Petersburg beat Juneau to the punch.  "It was a little bit of a wake up call.  They pushed into what was designated as our model boundary and was able to give a very good argument obviously with the Local Boundary Commission to be able to annex it.  So, it's up to us to decide if we're going to be proactive or reactive.

    After a public hearing on the resolution, the Assembly will vote on whether to proceed.

    Another resolution on the agenda calls on the Coast Guard to homeport two of its new 154 foot fast response cutters in Juneau.  

    The Coast Guard is now deciding where to position four of the vessels.  Two have already been homeported in Ketchikan.

    The city and borough wants to participate in the state's Fiscal Year 18 shared fisheries business tax program.  A resolution up for action certifies that Juneau suffered significant effects during calendar year 2016 from fisheries business activities.  It's anticipated that the CBJ share will be about $5,610.

    An executive session is planned to take up the Gastineau Apartments matter.  The building downtown was torn down by the city after it was abandoned by the owner.  The mayor said he believes there's a proposal on the table and that is what will be discussed.  

    The local government tore down the building at its own expense after it was abandoned following two fires there.  The city and borough is attempting to recoup that expense.  

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


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