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Assembly to act on cruise ship docks, fiscal reporting rules

Posted: July 10, 2011 - 7:29pm

The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly will take on some high-dollar decisions Monday, including $8.7 million for the cruise ship docks and $4.5 million for the airport runway safety area project.

It also may decide whether to ask voters to eliminate state rules on public financial disclosure laws and let the city implement its own rules.

Monday’s meeting will be Assemblyman Bob Doll’s last, as he is resigning early to move to Washington to be closer to his grandchildren. At the close of the meeting, Peter Freer will be sworn in to take Doll’s seat for the remainder of the term, which ends this fall.

The Assembly will act on a proposed ordinance to put $8.7 million into the cruise ship berth CIP account. Of those funds, $4.7 million are grant dollars and $4 million come from the Docks and Harbors fund balance.

The Assembly Committee of the Whole recommended the proposal to the Assembly in April.

The Assembly also will take action on an ordinance approving $4.5 million to the Juneau International Airport for its Runway Safety Area Construction project. Those funds come as a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration and required matching funds will come from the Alaska Department of Transportation and airport royalty revenues.

The Assembly also may approve funding for sanitary pump system replacement and improvements. The ordinance seeks approval for $825,000 for the Twin Lakes lift station project, with funding coming from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Alaska Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund and approval for $1.3 million for the Salmon Creek Water Source Secondary Disinfection project, with funding coming from the Alaska Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund.

The Assembly also will take action on sending its proposal to opt-out of Alaska Public Offices Commission regulations on public official financial disclosure laws to the voters. This would ask the voters to end Juneau’s adherence to state rules, replacing those standards with the city’s own ordinance. The city’s proposal is on its third draft and has seen changes from public comments made during the recent League of Women Voters Juneau forum.

The city has modeled its version after one adopted by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, a measure which initially failed voter approval.

The changes from the state ordinance to the city ordinance include officials filing less specific information about their income sources.

For a full agenda, log onto http://bit.ly/q0kfXj.

• Contact reporter Sarah Day at 523-2279 or at sarah.day@juneauempire.com.

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