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Assembly fully funds Auke Bay Elementary renovation

Posted: September 24, 2013 - 12:01am

Assembly members appropriated the final $7.4 million of an $18.7 million Auke Bay Elementary School renovation project Monday.

The renovation project was approved by voters in the 2010 municipal election along with a $1.4 million project to update the school’s heating system. Assembly members also unanimously appropriated the final $700,000 of that project at the regular meeting.

The $1.4 million heating project funds a new ground-source heating pump for the school, and the larger project covers renovations to improve the school’s entryway, classrooms, music program, library and administrative space, among other things.

“It’s a major renovation and very much needed — that’s why voters approved it,” Assembly Member Jesse Kiehl said.

The project also qualifies for a 70 percent state reimbursement.

Assembly members also moved through approving several other appropriations ranging from $433.50 to nearly $4.8 million. Those projects are:

• $4.79 million to fund the City and Borough of Juneau’s 2013 public employee retirement system contribution.

• $586,600 as a partial funding for the Statter Harbor new haul-out ramp and float.

• $67,000 for the remodel of the Zach Gordon Youth Center kitchen.

• $19,018 for the Local Emergency Planning Committee.

• $20,000 for the purchase and installation of an aquatic climbing wall at the Augustus Brown Swimming Pool.

• $290,000 for facility plan updates to the Juneau-Douglas and Mendenhall wastewater treatment plants.

• $45,858 as additional funding for the state Homeland Security program.

• $433.05 for the Local Emergency Planning Committee.

• $1.2 million for the Juneau International Airport design runway rehabilitation capital improvement project.

• $726,562 for the Juneau International Airport master plan study capital improvement project.

Contact reporter Matt Woolbright at 523-2243 or at matthew.woolbright@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/reportermatt.

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