CBJ Assembly holds special meeting

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) On the agenda were future plans for Juneau's waste stream and a couple of grant applications

    The Assembly approved an ordinance that starts the process of location of all of the waste programs at the privately owned and operated Waste Management landfill.  First they will execute a 10 year contract with four five year renewals that will result in construction of a recycling building.  The City Manager was also authorized to negotiate a lease of land from Waste Management at fair market value and construct a purpose built household hazardous waste collection center.

    The city also plans to develop a composting or other organics management program at the landfill, again on leased land.

    In other actions the Assembly;

    -approved a grant application for $25 million in the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development Transportation Discretionary program.  These grants were previously called Tiger grants.  The money would go towards the Docks and Harbors Department for the Juneau downtown harbors plan from Bridge Park to Norway Point.  There is no local match required for the grant application. The Juneau Marine Service Center project is estimated to cost $31 million.

    Port Director Carl Uchytil said the project could be done in phases.  One of the suggestions in the master plan is a move for the Juneau Yacht Club.  Assembly member Loren Jones said the Yacht Club has concerns over this possibility.  The grants are funded by the federal government.  Mr. Uchytil said he did not think the grant would be successful.  "We won't get three grants.  The best was the one proposed at the last Assembly meeting."  That grant would add a drive down slope, extend moorage, focused on serving commercial fishing at the Juneau Fisheries service yard.  "It is a better return on investment is how the Department of Transportation will review these applications."

    -approved a resolution of support for a grant application for the Auke Bay non motorized coastal transportation link.  The CBJ will apply for $12 million in the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development Transportation Discretionary program.  The money would help build a 1400 foot long bay walk that connects the Statter Harbor parking lot to the newly acquired CBJ Auke Bay Marine Station.  The grants are funded by the federal government.  "We want to provide water access for NOAA, fish and game, and UAS," Uchytil added.

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