City Hall request for additional attorney to help prosecute criminals before the Assembly

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Juneau Assembly takes up an ordinance for action Monday that's aimed at helping deal with the community's rising crime rate.

    City Manager Rorie Watt was a guest on Action Line Friday. "When people commit crimes, we've got to have the resources to  track them down and prosecute them."   He says they want to add another attorney position who will handle both criminal and civil cases

    Watt's requesting $109,800 in supplemental funding for the position.

    An ordinance up for introduction appropriates funding aimed at helping solve Juneau's homelessness problem.  Watt says the $100,000 grant from the Alaska Mental Trust  Authority would cover the cost of a homeless services coordinator position.  Watt says that person would work will all of the community's social services providers to develop a coordinated entry system.  

    If the program proves successful, Watt says its anticipated the trust would grant an additional two years of funding.

    Another ordinance up for introduction amends the Uniform Sales Tax code to expand the senior citizen sales tax exemption. The proposed expansion  would include prepared foods, household supplies, and personal care items.  Another provision calls for reducing the rebate paid to seniors below a certain income level from $325 to $300.

    There's a resolution that calls on the Assembly to ratify a labor agreement between the city and borough and the International Association of Fire Fighters.  The cost to the city and borough over the life of the contract is about $100,000.

    Another resolution expands the fees for animal control and protection services. The Gastineau Humane Society requested that impound fees moe closely mirror fees charged in other Alaska communities.

    First time fines would increase from $30 to $50 and from $50 to $60, the second time.  Gastineau projects the changes would result in $4,250 in additional revenue per year.

    The society is recommended eliminating the $2.50 license transfer fee for regular dog licenses.  It feels the fee is an administrative burden and discourages people from transferring licenses.

    Another resolution calls on the Assembly to request that the governments of the United States and Canada work to resolve Transboundary issues between British Columbia and Alaska.

    Two ordinances for introduction deal with the conveyance of lots from the Renniger Subdivision.  One lot would go to the Alaska Housing Development Corporation.  Two others would be sold through a sealed competitive bid process.  If that is not successful, then the losts would be offered through an over the counter sale.  

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



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