Project funding moves forward

Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2010

More than $5.2 million was approved in both grant and City and Borough of Juneau funds for several projects throughout the city at the City Assembly meeting Monday evening.

The Assembly approved appropriating $2.2 million as additional funding for the Juneau International Airport runway safety area Phase 1 project. The grant funding is provided by the Federal Aviation Administration and comes as an amendment to the airport improvement program.

It also approved $950,000 for renovations to the radio room at the Juneau Police Department, with grant funding of $600,000 provided by the Alaska Department of Military Affairs. The remainder comes from the equipment replacement reserve fund balance. The renovation includes four new radio consoles and an upgraded air handling system.

The Assembly also unanimously approved $1.7 million for State Designated Legislative Grant Projects provided for by the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. The funds go to six projects:

• School district technology infrastructure - $26,000 to help the video club build a control room for Juneau-Douglas High School's JDTV Channel 6, which would be available to all grade levels at the school.

• School district safety upgrades - $116,000 to allow the school district to install surveillance cameras to stave off vandalism and prevent damage and theft.

• Melvin Park playground improvements - $25,000 for the purchase and installation of new playground equipment for the park.

• Capital Park playground improvements - $25,000 for the purchase and installation of playground equipment and related improvements.

• Sewage system major repairs and expansion - $1.5 million, which will allow major repairs for the Juneau-Douglas Wastewater Treatment Plant incinerator and collection system.

• Juneau Arts and Culture Center facility upgrades - $50,000 for renovation, upgrades or replacement of existing electrical services and related components to comply with modern electrical codes and increased capacity.

The Assembly also approved spending $45,000 in partial funding for a Safe Routes to Schools Plan, with grant funding provided by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

It also approved $300,000 as a loan to East End Associates for the refrigerated seawater system at Taku Fisheries coming from funding from the marine passenger fees. This will allow for a seawalk project near Taku.

• Contact reporter Sarah Day at 523-2279 or at sarah.day@juneauempire.com.



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