Fire department funding, Best Starts to highlight Assembly agenda

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Extra funding for Capital City Fire Rescue is up for final action at Monday evening's regular meeting of the Juneau Assembly.

    The body's Finance Committee took up that matter during a meeting late last week, according to City Manager Rorie Watt.

    He said the panel decided to give the department more resources.  The appropriation now totals at $361,000 and could increase from there, according to Watt.  The original amount was $350,000.

    Watt says the extra funding will allow 24 hour staffing of another ambulance rather than the original 12 hour proposal.

    The Best Starts proposal is on the agenda as a resolution.  If approved, it would go on the October 2 local election ballot as an advisory question.  The public will be asked if the Assembly should fund this kind of program knowing that it would result in an increase in property taxes.

    The two pronged approach calls for providing child care while at the same time preparing children for kindergarten.

    The program is expected to cost $2.8  Million in the fifth year of its existence when it is fully implemented.

    The long deliberated revision of the CBJ Mining Code is up for public hearing and final action.  Watt believes the measure will be approved with out much comment.  He attributes that to the work by the special mining committee and the review by the Planning Commission.

    Another ordinance up for public hearing and action would authorize the sale of the CBJ property at 9290 Hurlock Avenue to Alaska Legacy Partners for $350,000.  The organization plans to develop a senior assisted living housing project there which was the former home of Juneau Youth Services.

    The search for a new CBJ attorney will also be discussed in the wake of Amy Mead's appointment to a vacancy on the Juneau Superior Court.  Watt said members will start to look at the application pool.

    The regular Assembly meeting is scheduled to convene at 7 p.m.

     

     

     

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