Juneau Assembly meets

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly introduced $19.6 million in improvements to the Juneau International Airport and took steps to assist the homeless population at their regular meeting Monday night.

    One airport project was approved last night.  This calls for $2 million to rehab and design taxiway A and realign and design taxiways E and D.  The FAA provided $1.98 million and $31,938 came from the Airport Fund's fund balance.

    The airport improvements being considered at future committees included $281,020 to design and construction the North West Quad at the airport.  The city could use money from the passenger facility charges for this project.  Another project would spend $816,000 to improve a float pond at the airport.  The Federal Aviation Administration provided $765,000 for this project.  The remainder of the funds came from city sales taxes.  Another $11.2 million could be spent on the North East and North West Quad Apron Construction Project.  The FAA provided $10.13 million for this project.  The city provided $1.08 million in sales tax revenues.  The city also introduced an ordinance that purchases $5.15 million in airport snow removal equipment to replace again equipment.  The FAA provided a grant of $4.82 million for the equipment and the city provided $321,570 in sales tax revenue. 

    The city will spend $75,000 to provide a warming shelter this year when temperatures reach 32 degrees or lower. The City Committee of the Whole will meet October 23 to discuss the issue further.

    The Assembly honored Debbie White for her three year term on the Assembly.  She was defeated in the Municipal Elections October 3 by Robert Edwardson.  Mr. Edwardson was sworn into office along with returning Assembly members Maria Gladziszewski and Jessie Kiehl.  The Assembly elected Jerry Nankervis as Vice Mayor.

    In other business actions the Assembly...

    -will consider the expenditure of $256,000 from a State of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities grant to purchase a 3D scanner, software, radar guns provide training, and purchase speed boards that will be placed along the roads to alert motorists when they're driving at unsafe speeds.  The local contribution totaled $23,600.

    -will consider the purchase of new security fences for the Emergency Operations Center and Police Department for $40,000.  The fencing will provide better protection for facilities in case of breaching and increase security.

    -will consider a request to fund $10,037 in overtime needed to support the US Coast Guard District 17 Maritime Security Exercise.  The primary purpose of the exercise is to allow Juneau to conduct a full scale Mass Casualty Incident exercise. 

    -the Mayor Ken Koelsch honored Rudy and Judy Ripley for 40 years of service to the city through the Friends of the Flag Initiative.  They were heavily involved in the placement of the flags of the 50 states along Egan Drive since 1977.

    -The Assembly also honored all those involved in  helping with the Lemon Creek Cleanup Event.

    -The Assembly also did not contest marijuana license renewals for Rainforest Farms which operates at cultivation facility at 5763 Glacier Highway and a retail store at 216 2nd Street.

    -The city also received a $100,000 grant from the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority.  The funds allow the city to hire a housing and homelessness service coordinator.

    -The city also approved a supplemental agreement that will increase the West Douglas Pioneer Road construction contract by $600,000.  The city saved this money from the first phase of the project.  They plan to extend the road by 1.1 miles to Middle Creek with work to be completed next summer.  This money came from a $3 million legislative grant funded by the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.

    -the Assembly also approved a letter of support for Senate Bill 54 to increase penalties for certain crimes and add dollars for drug treatment of offenders.

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