CBJ Committee of the whole meets

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) New flood maps and a presentation on the location of the borough wide recycling program highlighted the meeting of the CBJ Committee of the Whole tonight.

    Staff recommended an agreement with Waste Management to handle the recycling program.  The Mayor Ken Koelsch also moved to recommend to the full Assembly approval of the sale of the facilities that house the water utility and household hazardous waste to Alaskan Brewing Company.  He said he would like to see an agreement in place by May 25, in time for a CBJ Assembly meeting set for June 4th.

    The committee heard a presentation on consolidation of Recycle Works to include recycling, house hold hazardous waste, and composting at one location.  Staff deemed the recycling building at the landfill is unsafe.  

    Alaskan Brewing Company wants to purchase CBJ owned lots west of their property in Lemon Creek that measure 1.5 acres.  

    The CBJ considered two options for the facility, 1721 Anka street owned by CMI, and the Capitol Disposal Landfill owned by Waste Management.  The Anka Street property of 5.4 acres is appraised at $3.3 million.  Waste Management would construct a new recycling building under a 30 year contract.  The life span of the landfill is estimated at 23 years. 

    The CBJ Anka Street recycle works expenses would total $15.4 million from 2018-2023..  This includes $8.57 million for operations, $180,000 in increased cost for recycling, $3.3 million to purchase the property, $350,000 for moving and closing costs, $1 million for the house hold hazardous waste (HHW) facility, $1 million for the recycling facility and $1 million for composing and source reduction.

    An improved recycling program would increase the life span of the landfill.

    The proposed expenses for the Waste Management option would total $11.6 million total from 2018-2023.  This includes $8.6 million for operations, $630,000 in increased costs for recycling, $62,500  to lease HHW and compost property, $350,000 in moving and closing costs, $1 million for the HHW facility and $1 million for composting and source reduction.

    Manager Rorie Watt predicted that eventually the landfill will close and another landfill will not be permitted in the borough.  That would leave the borough with the option of shipping garbage to the lower 48.  He recommended an ordinance on June 4th to get an agreement with Waste Management in place. 

    Most of the recycling goods are shipped to China.  That could be impacted by trade agreements.  Mr. Watt said reuse, reduction and recycling are keys to the future. "If we don't have the place for construction and demolition waste to go in 20 to 23 years, the decision makers at that time will be sorely dissatisfied."

    Assembly member Loren Jones said he would like to see more of an effort to improve recycling programs.  He was the lone dissenter in the vote.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency will finish the revision of the flood maps this winter.  The CBJ will have six months after this decision to adopt the flood maps.  If the maps are not adopted the CBJ will be removed from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and will not be able to purchase federal insurance.  The CBJ would not be eligible for federal funds that come through federal disaster declarations in the event of a major flood.

    FEMA said of 8,430 parcels in the borough, 1,404 are in special flood hazard areas.  The new map would add 45 parcels but also remove 191 parcels.  8,194 parcels would see no change.   Duck Creek and Jordan Creek would see a decline in property in the flood zones while Tongass Boulevard would see an increase.

    The NFIP is a federal program is a federal program that enables property owners to purchase flood insurance in exchange for state and community floodplain management regulations that reduce future flood damage.  

    There were no changes to the Mendenhall River area.  NFIP insurance is more affordable and accessible than private insurance which can be rarely available.  A 1% annual flood, known as a 100 year flood doesn't mean the flood happens every 100 years.  It means there is a 26 percent chance of flooding within a 30 year mortgage period.  The risk of fire, by contrast, is only 10-percent.  Participation in the program is voluntary.  If a community participates, purchase of flood insurance is mandatory in a property in a 1 percent chance floodplain. 

    The CBJ has received only two comments on the proposed maps.  CBJ Manager Rorie Watt encouraged the community to go to the interactive site to examine property to make sure they are accurate.  "If there property shouldn't be in the flood zone we want them to figure that out now, not in August."

    Watt said the maps are much more detailed and accurate than previous maps.

    The interactive maps can be reached at http://www.juneau.org/cddftp/JuneauFloodZoneMap.php


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