Mayor Koelsch says the question of becoming landlords arose in discussion of the Renniger and Pederson Hill Projects. Plus in addition to a 300% increase in homicides, the mayor acknowledged increases in thefts, sexual assaults and other crimes, adding he believes addiction to drugs, such and heroin and alcohol, contribute to those crimes.
The CBJ Committee of the Whole will have a work session on several topics Monday night.
Those include a Parks and Recreation update, a potential ballot measure concerning extension of a 3% sales tax, a potential ballot measure on marijuana taxation, review of the proposed state marijuana consumption regulations, plus discussion of the Juneau Police Department's annual report. We had a double digit increase in the rate of crime in Juneau last year, nearly 40% in the more serious part one crimes.
Action Line Host Pete Carran asked new Mayor Ken Koelsch for his reaction to the increase in crime. "We had a 300% increase in homicides in this town.", said the mayor, explaining it went from one to four. "When you hear the statistics, understand that we're going from a very small baseline to an exploded baseline, and it skews the whole thing."
The mayor also acknowledged increases in thefts, sexual assaults and other crimes, adding he believes addiction to drugs, such and heroin and alcohol, contribute to those crimes. "Alcohol and drugs were suspected to be involved in the homicides we went to and I want to assure the citizenry that the police department is working diligently in having your back."
The Lands and Resources Committee also meets Monday to look at film regulations in Juneau, plus several items concerning housing: Financial Review of Renninger Subdivision and Jackie Street, Pederson Hill Subdivision Decision Making Milestones, and Discussion Concerning Hierarchy of CBJ Involvement In Housing Development.
Mayor Ken Koelsch was a recent guest on Action Line detailed their plan of discussion on housing issues and what's on the agenda for the Lands and Resources Committee. "There will be a Pederson Hill timeline, including decision making points from the Assembly. We'll recap the cost of Jackie Street, the Renniger Project, and the value of the lots created, and have a discussion about the Assembly's philosophical role in land development issues. After that, Affordable Housing Commission, on June 7th, will be reporting on the various potential housing programs." Mayor Koelsch says the question of becoming landlords arose in discussion of the Renniger and Pederson Hill Projects. "That philosophy hasn't been discussed that much and we need to do that first step before we deal with some of these projects.", said the mayor.
The Lands and Resources Committee meets at 5:00 p.m. Monday and the Committee of the Whole meets at 6:00 p.m. Both meetings are in Assembly Chambers.