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City could repeal Wildflower Court rebonding

City Attorney says there was an appearance of a 'conflict of interest'

Posted: February 13, 2012 - 1:08am

The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly is slated to repeal an ordinance it passed last month, where it approved the rebonding of the Wildflower Court, because there is an appearance of a conflict of interest in the deal.

The Assembly could also decline the repeal, or repeal but not reapprove the rebonding.

The City Attorney has recommended the repeal and independent review of the merits of the proposal. Staff is recommending a “no” vote on the repeal, as well as a “no” vote on the subsequent reapproval.

“... it came to his attention that there is at least the appearance of a conflict of interest in the familial relationship between the CBJ finance director and the administrator of Wildflower Court and, that this circumstance had not been explicitly disclosed to the Assembly,” City Manager Rod Swope wrote in the agenda information. “Accordingly, in an abundance of caution, and in light of the high standards expected of CBJ employees, introduction of this ordinance will give the Assembly the opportunity to cure that oversight, and, after an independent review of the merits, determine whether to go forward with the proposed bond refinance as adopted, or start anew.”

The ordinance approved rebonding of $14.2 million for Wildflower Court. The rebonding is estimated to save the center $4.2 million due to lower interest, and it has proposed $1 million in construction upgrades and hardware/software updates to the facility.

In other business, the Assembly is scheduled to take action on amendments to the code regarding commercial passenger vehicle regulations. Proposed changes add a section for limousine service, allow for suspension of the permit of “any CPV driver charged with criminally offensive sexual behavior,” and reduces the penalty for operating without a certificate from a misdemeanor to an infraction. The infraction comes with a charge of $300 per day.

The Assembly also is slated to approve about $41,000 in funding from the Alaska Department of Military Affairs, Division of Homeland Security to the Juneau Police Department for police dispatch console upgrades. JPD has already received funding for $600,000 for the mandated upgrades.

To see the full agenda, visit bit.ly/wAOMfw.

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

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