City committees will look over recommendations this week

City Finance and Mining Commitees meet this week

Mining Committee will discuss mining ordinance


The City and Borough of Juneau Mining Subcommittee is meeting to discuss the mining ordinance at Assembly Chambers 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Cit Attorney Amy Mead was tasked with making the ordinance easier to understand by the committee at the Jan. 25 meeting. Mead provided a version that showed the changes she made — mostly wording and structure — during the committee’s Feb. 8 meeting.

The committee will listen to Bob Loeffler, the author of the Jade North Analysis of the CBJ mining ordinance.

The ordinance has been open to to public testimony as a group of local businessmen have proposed changing the ordinance and removing the socioeconomic study requirement.

Public comments were taken by the committee March 1. More than 30 people testified that evening and of those people, the split was nearly even on what to do with the ordinance.

The committee has said it will look over everything they were presented and make a decision on what to recommend to the CBJ Assembly. The committee has not yet announced if the final ordinance recommendation will be decided during Monday’s meeting.

Finance committee will take recommendations

The CBJ Finance Committee will here recommendations from the Aquatics Board and Parks &Recreation Director Kirk Duncan at Assembly Chambers 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Duncan’s recommendation was unveiled during the Aquatics Board meeting on March 6. Duncan said he would recommend dissolving the Aquatics Board in May and let Parks &Recreation be the controlling power.

Aquatic Board Chair Max Mertz said his group would be working toward possibly recommending the Assembly extend the board for another year so they can decide between becoming an “empowered” board, which would allow it to hire and fire its own Aquatics Director or have a third-party, like a YMCA, take over the area pools.

• Contact reporter Gregory Philson at or call at 523-2265. Follow him on Twitter at @GTPhilson.


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