Assembly votes on avalanche funding

Posted: Friday, October 17, 2008

JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly is expected to consider funding for an avalanche forecaster at its regular meeting on Monday.

Board members will take public comment on a proposal to spend $55,000 this year to cover part of the costs of hiring an avalanche forecaster this winter. Grants will cover the rest of the cost of the program, which will provide residents who live in slide-prone areas online warnings of avalanche danger.

The city received an initial go-ahead last month from the Finance Committee, which is made up of all members of the Assembly, to begin the process of hiring someone to fill the position.

City Manager Rod Swope said Wednesday that nine applicants met minimum qualifications, and phone interviews were conducted to narrow the search to three candidates.

If the Assembly votes to fund the program Monday, an offer will be made to a top candidate next week, Swope said.

The city received 15 applications for the position, but no one from Juneau applied, Swope said.

The Assembly meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the City Hall Assembly Chambers.

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