Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2001

Block party ordinance to be reviewed

JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly on Monday deferred action on an ordinance that would establish procedures to close streets for block parties, festivals and commercial events, referring the proposal to an Assembly work session for additional review.

As proposed, the ordinance requires permit applicants to provide information about the event, secure approval from 85 percent of the street's residents and obtain liability insurance. The police chief would review applications, and the city manager would consider appeals.

Southeast Alaska Gay and Lesbian Alliance President Jeremy Neldon said his group obtained a special permit last year to close part of Second Street for a pride festival.

"There was no such procedure to address it other than a parade permit, which it wasn't. There was confusion on what exactly to do," he said.

Neldon said the new ordinance would provide a decision-making process for community groups, the police department and the city manager's office. The group has scheduled this year's pride festival on June 2.

Business owner Samra Green said because of limited parking she is worried about closing downtown streets. She said the ordinance wouldn't limit how long a street could be closed and wasn't clear on how neighborhood approval would be determined.

Assembly member Jim Powell suggested saving the ordinance for a work session to work out the bugs.

Little Theatre looking for venue

JUNEAU - The Juneau Douglas Little Theatre will discuss the problem of new accommodations at its meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Juneau Adult Education Center at 210 Ferry Way.

The theater company has been forced to move from the Palace Theatre in downtown Juneau because of concerns over the structural safety of the building, board member Dotty Davis said.

"We're calling it 'Venue Quest,' " she added. "We've looked at a couple of buildings in town, but there have been no decisions made, no offers made, no negotiations. At this point, we are venueless."

With this in mind, the brainstorming of new shows will be limited to productions that can be performed on the go.

"We will need to look at shows that can be done easily in the nomadic style," Davis said. "At this point, we are extremely flexible."

The election of new board members also will be discussed at the meeting.

Easterwood plans job change

JUNEAU - City Community Development Director Cheryl Easterwood is resigning to take another job with the city, according to City Manager Dave Palmer.

Easterwood submitted her resignation effective June 30 to take a job as the city's emergency services coordinator and public information officer. The new position will allow her to spend more time with her family, according to a press release.

Easterwood has been the director the Community Development Department for five years, joining the department in 1990. She has supervised mining permits, the city's comprehensive plan revision and the Area Wide Transportation Plan, along with flightseeing and tourism issues.

In her new position she will oversee the city's emergency planning efforts, avalanche response and community incident training. She also will be the city's spokeswoman and a contact for public information and outreach efforts.

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