Juneau residents will be able to express their thoughts as the City and Borough of Juneau considers entering into an agreement with the Juneau Arts & Humanties Council (JAHC) to manage day-to-day operations of Centennial Hall.
Public comment will be taken at 4:30 p.m. March 19 during the Assembly Public Works & Facilities Committee meeting in City Hall Chambers. Comments may also be emailed to BoroughAssembly@juneau.org.
Currently, Centennial Hall is currently managed by the Parks & Recreation Department. JAHC manages the adjacent Juneau Arts and Culture Center.
The goal of joint management of Centennial Hall and the Juneau Arts and Culture Center is closer operational coordination between the two facilities, as well as furthering the Assembly’s Economic Development goals related to arts, culture and being a travel destination for larger conventions and meetings.
If management were to go to the JAHC, it would either be cost neutral or a cost savings to CBJ, according to a letter sent by City Manager Rorie Watt to the Assembly. The intent is to continue to keep Centennial Hall available to the community for emergency management purposes as needed.
The push for public comment comes after the Assembly discussed the agreement during its Feb. 26 meeting. The committee agreed that evening there needed to be more discussion and work done before an agreement could be reached.