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Juneau, state projects awaiting review by Parnell

Posted: May 29, 2011 - 9:09pm

The capital budget passed by the Alaska Legislature and awaiting transmittal to Gov. Sean Parnell for his signature — or possible vetoes — officially totals $3.18 billion.

Some, however, say the sum is actually about $4 billion when additional money for an in-state natural gas pipeline and scholarships is included.

For Juneau, the budget contains $77.5 million in specific projects, as well as additional money for the region or state that was also a high priority for the Juneau legislative delegation.

“If you go through the projects, there’s a lot of benefits for Juneau, there’s some great harbor projects, including the cruise ship dock project and DeHart’s Marina,” said Rep. Cathy Muñoz, R-Juneau.

The city’s cruise ship dock project downtown will get $7.5 million, while DeHart’s, now owned by the city, is in line for $5 million to replace failing docks there, she said.

In addition to big projects such as the $17 million Brotherhood Bridge replacement and numerous small grants to community groups, there are also regional projects such as the $10 million Southeast Energy Fund.

That’s a small amount compared to big energy projects in Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka in recent years that cost tens of millions each, said Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau.

But it can go far in neighboring communities were people are hurt and business development is hampered by a reliance on diesel fuel for electrical generation, he said.

The delegation also got funding for the Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Southeast Alaska Native Cultural & Visitor Center downtown on the former Skinner Building site.

Sealaska expects the project to cost $16 million, of which the state money would just be a part, Muñoz said.

“That’s the end of the state money they are requesting, they are going out to foundations” for additional support, she said.

After the Legislature formally transmits the budget to Parnell, he’ll then have 20 days to sign it our use his line-item veto to remove or reduce dollar amounts in it.

Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, predicted “deep” vetoes, but said she hoped that she and other members of the Juneau delegation, as well as community members, had made strong cases for the projects they supported.

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Proposed budget items for Juneau:


  • $2M: Snettisham transmission line avalanche mitigation

Juneau International Airport

  • $1M: Snow removal equipment facility

City and Borough of Juneau

  • $5M: Auke Bay Harbor improvements
  • $1M: Centennial Hall roof replacement and emergency improvements$
  • 50K: Juneau Arts & Culture Center lighting upgrades
  • $90K: Affordable housing
  • $7.5M: Cruise ship dock improvements

Juneau School District

  • $275K: School technology upgrade

Catholic community services

  • $50K: Site acquisition and building design for Bring the Kids Home program

Community in Schools

  • $190K: Drop-out prevention pilot program

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 4

  • $30K: American Legion building repair and kitchen remodel

Douglas Island Pink and Chum

  • $1.25M: Snettisham hatchery maintenance

Filipino Community, Inc.

  • $50K: Critical building repairs

Hank Harmon Rifle Range, Inc.

  • $45K: New bathroom installation

Juneau Cooperative Christian Ministries

  • $50K: Glory Hole shelter energy efficiency and heating improvements

Juneau Family Health and Birth Center

  • $50K: Electronic health record software system

Juneau Pioneer Home Foundation

  • $10K: Juneau Pioneer Home planning and design

Juneau Youth Services

  • $85K: Emergency shelter repairs
  • $51K: Vehicle purchase

Perseverance Theatre, Inc.

  • $33K: Audio system upgrade and replacement


  • $40,100: Facility upgrades


  • $50K: Repair and restoration of Juneau Historic Site

Sealaska Heritage Institute

  • $5M: Native Cultural Center

Southeast Alaska Independent Living

  • $13,500: Adaptive vehicle

Southeast Regional Resource Center, Inc.

  • $70K: Heating system replacement

Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium

  • $75K: Planning and design for relocation

The HUB Youth Center

  • $30K: After school program

Alaska Department of Administration

  • $500K: Non-public building fund deferred maintenance
  • $4.515M: Public building fund Juneau facilities deferred maintenance

Alaska Department of Corrections

  • $135K: Lemon Creek Correctional Center project

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

  • $803,844: Juneau Pioneer Home
  • $115,780: Johnson Youth Center
  • $57,890: Juneau Public Health Center

Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

  • $10K: Juneau LED lighting
  • $10K: Juneau armory deferred maintenance

Alaska Department of Natural Resources

  • $14,200: Eagle Beach snow grooming equipment
  • $100K: Eagle Beach state recreation site campground improvements
  • $250K: Juneau historical sites renovation and habitability

Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

  • $1.2M: Auke Lake trail and wayside
  • $17.5M: Brotherhood bridge and Industrial Blvd. improvements
  • $4M: Fritz Cove Road rehabilitation and repair
  • $11.3M: Glacier Highway widening and resurfacing from Eagle Beach to Bessie Creek
  • $2M: Mendenhall Valley Street dust control

University of Alaska Southeast

  • $204K: Juneau campus mining workforce development
  • $4M: Banfield Hall dormitory addition
  • $1,620,500: UAS main Campus deferred maintenance

Source: Alaska Legislature


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