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Assembly to hear details of memorial issue, act on Petersburg proposal

Posted: August 27, 2011 - 10:42pm

The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly will take up a few big issues on Monday as it meets both as its worksession/discussion body — the Committee of the Whole — and as it holds a special meeting. The topics include the AJ Mine, Fishermen’s Memorial and the proposed Petersburg Borough formation.

COW meets at 6 p.m. in the Assembly Chambers and is expected to begin with a presentation from the Association for the Education of Young Children regarding childcare, as it was one of the Assembly’s top 10 goals for the year.

The group will propose a plan to help create sustainable childcare offerings in Juneau.

It will then take on the issue of moving the Alaska Commercial Fishermen’s Memorial with reports from departments and the memorial board. The Assembly will lack a decisive recommendation from Docks and Harbors, as that board couldn’t come to consensus on the matter.

The COW could either send it back to different committees or make a recommendation to the Assembly’s action body.

It also will hear from Engineering Director Rorie Watt on more of the AJ Mine Advisory Committee Report.

Watt plans to go over how the city will have to define its regulatory and ownership role should mine development go forward, a sequence of events, how a lease would be drafted, and how and when the Assembly would place restrictions on development.

The Assembly generally does not take public testimony during COW meetings.

Immediately following the end of the work session, the Assembly will convene to it’s action role in a special meeting.

On the consent agenda is an issue that failed a motion for reconsideration at the last meeting — the Atlin Drive/Mendenhall Loop Road rezoning. The Assembly narrowly passed a rezoning change from residential to light commercial for a property at that intersection. Later in the meeting Assemblyman Peter Freer called for a notice of reconsideration for the decision. At the last Assembly meeting, the reconsideration request was called, but must have a majority vote. It failed.

Now the rezoning is on the agenda as a consent item for introduction. Typically the Assembly passes the consent agenda without comment and the matter will be brought up for public hearing at the following meeting.

The notice says the Community Development Department and the city attorney “made clear that the comprehensive plan maps would in fact limit the uses in this case” and that by changing the zoning it would be in violation of city code. So the resolution is asking for a recall of the ordinance that approved the rezoning.

The Assembly isn’t scheduled to meet again until Sept. 19, when the matter would likely be scheduled for public hearing and Assembly action.

The Assembly is expected to take action on Monday on the Petersburg Borough formation attempt. Mayor Bruce Botelho points to the city Annexation Study Commission 2007’s final report and findings. It can be found at http://bit.ly/ntGtYj.

The city will draft a response to the proposal.

The Assembly also will review Bartlett Regional Hospital’s management contract request for proposals.

For full agendas and related documents on the COW meeting see: http://bit.ly/mPFHbI and for the Assembly special meeting see: http://bit.ly/pCFsvz.

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

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