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Jerry Nankervis

Posted: September 21, 2012 - 9:52am
Jerry Nankervis  Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
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Jerry Nankervis

Resident of Alaska since Fall 1984, Juneau since Spring 1987. Born in Michigan on June 22, 1962.

Education: BS - Conservation, Northern Michigan University 1984.

Occupation(s): Retired, Juneau Police Department.

Family: Wife, Lisa Golisek-Nankervis, two adult sons, Ian and Elliot.

Community Service: 24 years community service to Juneau via JPD, youth baseball and hockey coach, current President, Juneau Hockey Officials.

Other Experience: Past President, JPDEA, past President, APOA Capital City Chapter, past board member, C.I.S.M. team Juneau, past board member, Juneau Douglas Ice Association.

1. What is your highest priority for the CBJ to accomplish during your term in office? Explain why this is a priority and how you would facilitate this change.

Of all the cost of living issues that cause problems for Juneau residents, “affordable housing” remains the most challenging. It has been studied for several years. The issue has its own committee and still we don’t seem to have anything in place yet to make it happen. It is time to take action and move forward. I will review what has been done so far and work with the other members of the assembly to make progress on this issue.

2. What would you suggest to maintain or increase the year-around vitality of the downtown area, given the decreasing number of stores supplying basic needs?

A solution would have to address several items; expensive business rent downtown, expensive purchase price for real estate, little space for anything new, big box competition in Lemon Creek and the Valley, and probably several other reasons. Perhaps it is time to review our business tax rates or even look at temporary tax waivers for new businesses and residents to relocate downtown.

3. What responsibility does the CBJ have in coordinating public health efforts for such issues as homelessness, the burden of drug and alcohol abuse, and other factors that affect public health?

Coordinating with other entities (State of Alaska) to address the issues of homelessness, and drug/alcohol abuse is much different than being responsible for addressing these things. I am not sure I would label these as “public health” issues. I believe they are “personal health” issues that can and do affect the quality of life for everyone. Anchorage and Fairbanks recently adopted new methods to address the homeless/public inebriate issues they have had. Juneau is sending CBJ staff to Minneapolis to examine their model first hand. If appropriate, Juneau might adopt a similar approach. We should try something different, because our current approach isn’t working.

4. What is your position on the proposed five-year extension of the 1 percent special sales tax and the $25 million infrastructure bond issue, both of which are set to appear before the voters in October?

I am not comfortable with the way the sales tax money has been allocated for the ballot. Nor am I comfortable with the bonding proposal. I believe the assembly is trying to address some pressing and overdue needs with these proposals, such as the overwhelming deferred maintenance projects, however I am not yet convinced all of these projects or a bond are the best way to go. I haven’t decided yet whether I will vote for the tax proposals.

5. What is your position on reopening the AJ mine? Please briefly explain why you do or do not support this project.

The AJ mine belongs in part to the CBJ. If the city water supply issue can be addressed via improvements to the Salmon Creek portion of our water supply, which it can, then I believe we would be remiss if we didn’t examine the feasibility of opening the mine. There are processes in place that would have to be followed, and steps taken to mitigate the potential impacts, but I believe the more diverse our CBJ economic base is, the more fiscally healthy we are.

6. What steps can the Assembly take to ensure that the capital remains in Juneau?

Keeping the capital in Juneau. I think the assembly needs to continue supporting better and less expensive access – including the road, working on the housing issue, and meeting with the legislators to determine their needs and what we can do to meet those needs.

7. What can the Assembly and CBJ do to increase voter registration, voter turnout, and participation in issues of government?

This year, because of redistricting, many of the polling places have changed. The CBJ should continue advertising where the polling places are and even increase advertising this year due to the changes. Residents of Mt. View Senior Center should be able to vote in their building, as should other facilities like Fireweed Place. Perhaps even allow free bus service on Election days for passengers who show a voter registration card.

8. What measures should the CBJ take to increase the municipal’s water supply sources?

I think the City should continue to pursue the upgrades to the Salmon Creek water supply. This project will allow us to meet our current and future water supply needs and address water concerns with the AJ mine.

9. What steps can the CBJ take to strengthen local economic diversity and stabilize the local population, given the recent Census population figures?

Many of the things I have mentioned answering the other questions speak to this question as well. Attracting and keeping year round businesses and having affordable places for people to buy/rent are just a few of the things that we can do to make Juneau an even more attractive place to live and work than it is right now.

10. What do you think the CBJ should do, if anything, to address housing issues in the Juneau area?

As mentioned earlier, this is one issue that I believe the CBJ has to begin making some real progress on. We (CBJ) should examine easing some of the requirements on developing, such as paving the streets, curbs, lighting and sidewalks, to encourage building. Maybe give tax incentives with a sunset clause for developing properties with homes that would initially list under a specified dollar amount. If there are undeveloped CBJ properties in appropriate locations for affordable housing, maybe the city could sell the properties to prospective developers with certain guidelines in place to encourage affordable housing construction.

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