CBJ Assembly: Two ordinances concerning cruise ship passenger fees lawsuit, more

    JUNEAY Alaska (KINY) - Two ordinances related to the cruise ship association's lawsuit over CBJ use of marine passenger fees tops Monday night's Assembly agenda.

    City Manager Rorie Watt talked about that on Action Line Friday:

    "We're appropriating money for the cost of that litigation and putting money into reserves to use by the city attorney and the direction of the assembly."

    Between the two ordinances, over $290,000 is earmarked.

    Watt says the city and borough is balancing two issues here:.

    "One is we've been sued. We're going to defend that and we're going to defend that well. We think we have a good program and good legal use of those fees. We've got a legal team and they're dead serious on how they're taking on that litigation. On the other side, we are a good cruise ship port and I think we have lots of great stuff going on in the community and we have lots of support from our visitor industry. We think we have a good thing going and I think we have a lot of good stories to tell with success in that industries. But we have to defend a lawsuit and that's what we're doing."

    The proposed Equal Rights Ordinance is up for public hearing and Assembly Action:

    "It basically makes discrimination illegal in borough as a borough ordinance. There are laws at the state level, federal level, and now we're going to have one at our local level as well. We've been getting a lot of emails of support. I think really it's a pretty simple idea - discrimination is not good and how you put that in place. There's always details and issues but I expect that to pass without too much comment."

    The ordinance would make discrimination based on race, color, age, religion, sex, familial status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or national origin against the law.

    Another measure up for action would convey two lots in the Renninger Subdivision to the Alaska Housing Development Corporation.  The ordinance allows the City Manager to finalize negotiations and enter into an agreemetn with the corporation for the sale of the lots at fair market  value.

    There's a measure up for action amending the sales tax code with respect to the senior sales tax exemption  to require the taxation of marijuana and marijuana products the same way as alcohol sales.

    The Assembly will decide whether its wants to object to a state marijuana cultivation facility license  granted to  Top Hat, LLC.
    The manager is recommending that the body waive its right to protest the issuance of the license.

    The Assembly is scheduled to convene in Assembly Chambers at 7 p.m. tonight.   (Monday)

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