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Assembly approves funding for two projects

Posted: December 17, 2013 - 12:07am

The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly on Monday voted unanimously to approve funding for a pair of city projects.

The first authorized the purchase of six Nikon DSLR cameras for the Juneau Police Department Criminal Investigations Drug Unit, as well as an additional sniper rifle for the JPD SWAT team. The funding for those purchases comes from asset forfeitures and seized monies the police department obtained through investigations.

The second project is a $100,000 security camera system upgrade for the cruise ship dock area downtown. A quarter of that amount has already been budgeted and will come from the city’s Docks Fund. The other $75,000 is coming from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Port Security Grant Program.

It was also announced that a consulting firm has been chosen to head up the city’s economic plan development. The firm’s name was not revealed as the city manager’s office is still finalizing the selection.

Assembly member Kate Troll mentioned that Juneau’s three high schools will be taking part in an “honorary mayor” program beginning early next year.

At the beginning of the meeting, an Animal Control representative fielded questions from the governing body regarding two recent dog attacks. Assembly member Karen Crane recommended the city evaluate the issue of dangerous animals in Juneau in light of those incidents.

The body went into executive session at the end of the meeting to discuss parking management, and also to receive an update on the criminal case involving former Juneau School District Coach John Wahl. Wahl is accused of punching out an incoming freshman during a boxing match at a summer 2012 football camp in Gold Beach, Ore. Wahl is facing criminal charges out of Oregon in connection to the incident.

The Assembly is reconvening Tuesday night to interview applicants for Planning Commission openings.

• 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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