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Assembly to examine draft water study

Response to Petersburg Borough proposal also on agenda

Posted: September 25, 2011 - 11:28pm  |  Updated: September 26, 2011 - 10:01am

The City Assembly’s Committee of the Whole will take a first look at a draft outline for a comprehensive water study on Monday.

It also will hear an update on city plans for a response to the City of Petersburg’s proposal to create a borough.

The COW meets at 6 p.m. Monday in Assembly Chambers.

City Engineering Director Rorie Watt has drafted an outline for what the water study could look like. Currently it has four main categories: Gold Creek- Existing Situation, Water System Expansion Feasibility, Current Risks to Gold Creek and Future Risks to Gold Creek (AJ Mine related).

Those categories are set to include study of 27 factors, such as analysis of water rights, current water quality and quantity, the cost of improving Salmon Creek, the cost of including Thane on the municipal water system, effects of an AJ drainage tunnel, natural hazards, effects of sediment in Gold Creek and risks different mining activities would have on different aspects of Last Chance Basin.

Watt wants both Assembly and public input on the outline of what is to be included in the study.

For the full outline see: http://bit.ly/ojKFlP.

The committee may then move from water quality to land rights issues.

The Assembly approved a resolution at it’s Sept. 19 meeting for the city manager to submit a petition to the Local Boundaries Commission in response to Petersburg’s petition to dissolve and form a borough — incorporating lands Juneau had long-term plans to incorporate.

Juneau’s petition is expected to seek annexation of lands south of the borough’s current boundaries to the point recommended in the “model borough boundaries” developed by Alaska in 1991.

The city has until Oct. 26 to file a petition or comment on Petersburg’s petition. The city is contracting with the Juneau Economic Development Council to work on factual arguments for the petition, and the law department is working on the legal arguments supporting Juneau’s case.

The Assembly also will hear a review of the JEDC’s Economic Indicator’s report.

To view the report see: http://bit.ly/qJ4Cd4.

For a full agenda see: http://bit.ly/qDuIeZ or visit one of Juneau’s municipal libraries.

The Assembly is also scheduled to meet in special session following the COW meeting.

It will consider a resolution supporting a Southeast Alaska Sustainable Communities regional planning grant application.

The application would be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The city would participate in conjunction with JEDC, the Tlingit and Haida Central Council, and other Southeast communities. It will require a 20 percent financial match, which the city intends to use in-kind staff support to match.

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

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