In a new weekly serial, we’ll cover things that may have not gotten their time in newsprint, but get all the glory of online pixel space. This is CC METRO IN REVIEW for the week of June 23rd, 2013:
City Attorney John Hartle has retired after 20 years with the city and was thanked for his service to the municipality. Mayor Merrill Sanford: “This is an appreciation night for John, and a thank you to all of your years of service.”
JoAnn Lockwood started an investigation of her own into permitting surrounding the Downtown Snow Storage Site Facility project. What she found, after requesting public records, was that there were no files at the Community Development Department. Lockwood thought the project should be “red tagged” until proper permits were obtained.
Swimmers from the Glacier Swim Club came out to support Sara Mertz who spoke on behalf of her teammates against Monday closures of the Dimond Park Pool. Five hundred students will be affected with the $39,000 cut.
And in the most endearing public comment at this week’s Assembly meeting, Don Kussart missed Concerts in the Park at Marine Park. So do we, Don. So do we.
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PUBLIC HEARINGS – A Special Assembly meeting in the City Hall conference room 224 on July 8 at 5:30 p.m. will hear public comment on an ordinance 2012-20(AJ) appropriating to the manager the sum of $1,969,325 as additional funding for the Juneau International Airport Runway Safety Area Capital Improvement project, grant funding provided by the FAA and the Juneau International Airport.
Also, in the Regular Assembly Meeting on July 15 at 7 p.m., public comment will be heard on an ordinance to amend the Land Use Code regarding area flood hazard zones and definitions. For more information click HERE.
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An ordinance appropriating to the City Manager the sum of $16,164 as funding for the Law Enforcement Liaison Program, grant funding provided by the State of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities and Alaska Highway Safety office was adopted as corrected. This program was created by the Alaska Highway Safety Office to increase and stimulate the planning and development of aggressive, highly visible state and local enforcement efforts in the area of impaired driving and seatbelt enforcement.
An ordinance appropriating to the City Manager the sum of $300,000 as additional funding for the Capital City Fire/Rescue, emergency services program for fiscal year 2013 operating budget provided by the General Fund was adopted. Though Capital City Fire/Rescue FY13 general operations expenditures are within the approved budget, two issues resulted in the needed supplemental: Unanticipated ambulance revenue collection shortfalls from prior and current years ($250,000) and replacing two rescue boats with the understanding that the costs would be eligible for federal Secure Rural Schools Title III funding ($50,000).
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A resolution authorizing the City Manager to apply for and enter into a loan agreement with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Alaska Clean Water Fund State Revolving Loan Fund for facility plan updates to the Juneau Douglas Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Mendenhall Wastewater Treatment plant was adopted.
A resolution de-appropriating $2,238 from the Ski-to-Sea and Dive Park Underwater Trails and $325 from the Juneau Nordic Ski Trails capital improvement projects was adopted.
A resolution de-appropriating $168,270 from the Cruise Ship Berth Enhancement Capital Improvement Project was adopted.
A resolution de-appropriating $22,406 from the Taku Harbor Transient Moorage Facility Capital Improvement Project was adopted.
A resolution ratifying the labor agreement between the CBJ and the Public Safety Employees Association, AFSCME Local 83, AFL-CIO was adopted.
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And since you’ve read this far, here’s a video of cats helping a man juggle.
And a bird defending a keyboard.
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Meanwhile, over at Bartlett Regional Hospital ...
The hospital received some new equipment:
A Glidescope GVL for $24,504.50 funded by a State Trauma Grant.
Jim Strader, BRH public relations: "GVL stands for Glidescope Video Laryngoscope and is a first alternative airway management device widely adapted into emergency care setting and used with rapid sequence intubation. It augments our present equipment in the Emergency Department."
And a MRI coil for $88,115 funded through the BRH capital budget.
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A recommendation for Assembly to adopt new flood maps, study and regulations was approved for recommendation.
Construction of a seawalk between Miners Cove building and Franklin Dock restrooms. Approved.
SMF2013 0002 & SMF2013 0003
A combined preliminary and final plat approval to adjust lot lines of Lots 1‐10 Block C and Tract D‐1 of Vintage II Subdivision for acquisition of Right of Way for the Brotherhood Bridge replacement project; Amend the site plan entitled "Vintage Business Park" referred to in ordinances 84‐03(am), 84‐35(am), 85‐33, 85‐55, 85‐89, 86‐54(am), and 86‐72 as provided by Attachment A Section H of 86‐54(am). Approved.
Conditional Use to place coffee stand on industrial lot. Approved.
Conditional Use to allow Emergency Generator for Centennial Hall. CBJ Engineering Dept. Approved.
Replace attached 50’ tower at UAS Recreation Center. Approved.
A Variance request to reduce the setback from 5' to 1' to allow placement of new Emergency Generator within Centennial Hall's property lines. Approved.
An appeal of a Director's Determination requiring an electrical easement for a proposed subdivision that would result in two lots. Continued to July 9 meeting.
Brotherhood Bridge replacement and related improvements, including revisions to Industrial Blvd. Vintage Blvd., and trailhead parking lot intersections and separated path to Engineer's Cutoff. Approved with amendment condition.
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