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Liquor, appeals and passenger ferries discussed at Assembly

Appeal of indoor gun range set for April 1

Posted: March 5, 2013 - 1:07am

Applications for two liquor licenses pending before the state’s Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development came before the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly Monday night. A license for Tripp’s Viking Liquor, owned by Jack Tripp and located on South Franklin Street, received Assembly approval of a license renewal. Haydar Suyun, owner of the Sprazzo restaurant on North Franklin Street, did not, and the city may send the state a protest.

City staff recommended the Assembly protest Sprazzo’s license renewal on two grounds. Juneau’s Capital City Fire/Rescue Fire Marshal Dan Jager reported to the city that the restaurant owner needed to have a current inspection of fire sprinklers on the site. Finance Department staff said Suyun owed the city sales taxes totaling $4,951 as of March 1.

The state sent the city an application renewal list in January listing businesses applying for license renewals. Cities may waive their right to protest, or send a protest, triggering state review and, if necessary, a hearing at which the city would have to defend its protest.

In other business, Mayor Merrill Sanford commented on the ongoing debate over the new design for an pair of Alaska Marine Highway System Alaska Class Ferry day boats.

Sanford said the city has interjected its stance into the conversation through letters to the Marine Transportation Advisory Board, along with face-to-face discussions at events such as the recent Southeast Conference Mid-Session Summit.

The city is pushing for safe operations of new ferries, Sanford said, and an economically-run ferry system.

However, “the open car deck thing is an issue,” Sanford said. “We haven’t taken any stance other than that.”

Assembly Member Mary Becker asked the Assembly to approve $5,000 to go to help pay for the Southeast Conference’s AMHS 50th Anniversary documentary. Assembly members voted to refer the request to city finance staff.

An ongoing appeal of a city permit to build an indoor retail space and gun range by the Juneau chapter of Veterans for Peace is scheduled for a hearing April 1 at 5:30 p.m. in the Assembly Chambers. Assembly Member Loren Jones is the appeal’s hearing officer.

• Contact reporter Russell Stigall at 523-2276 or at russell.stigall@juneauempire.com.

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