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City to consider designating 'Treadwell Mine Historic District'

Posted: December 19, 2011 - 12:04am

The section of Savikko Park where remnants of the Treadwell Mine can be found could soon get its own special designation as the "Treadwell Mine Historic District."
The park has a couple buildings left, though in dire need of upkeep and restoration, along with other remnants of the once bustling mining town.

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee approved the idea recently, which came to them from the Treadwell Historic Preservation and Restoration Society.

Currently, Robert Savikko Park has three sections — the recreation area, Sandy Beach and the Treadwell District.

The naming of the Treadwell portion formalizes its designation as the society is drumming up plans to enhance and restore what remains at the site.

Aside from restorative work on existing buildings like the five-stamp mill, the group has plans for an interpretive sign project and the renaming.

The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly will take on task of potentially formally naming the district at Monday's meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Assembly Chambers. The agenda item is a resolution under the consent agenda, which means there likely won't be any discussion on it unless the Assembly or public asks for it to be separated.

In other business, the Assembly will consider approval of a grant for almost $268,000 from the Alaska Department of Military & Veteran Affairs for Metropolitan Medical Response Systems. The city uses the funds for equipment purchases and training for situations like mass casualties, mass prophylaxis, and HAZMAT events.

The Assembly also will consider approving two late senior citizen and disabled veteran hardship exemption applications. The body has the ability to do so if the applicant can show "good cause" why they were unable to file on time. Both have cited medical reasons for not filing in time.

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

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