Assembly discusses cell-phone charge
JUNEAU -- The Juneau Assembly has referred an ordinance that would impose a charge on cell phones to its Finance Committee for more discussion.
The city has charged a 75-cent surcharge per month on regular, or "wireline," phones since 1994, with the proceeds going to the 911 emergency service. Adding the surcharge to cell phones will cover the cost of consolidating and expanding police, fire and emergency dispatch services, according to the city.
Assembly member Dale Anderson suggested more discussion was needed to address such issues as non-Juneau phone use, exemptions and bills that cover more than one phone.
Currently, the surcharge generates about $212,000 a year for 911 services. Adding a charge on cell phones will generate another $40,000 to $45,000 a year, said City Manager Dave Palmer.
The Assembly Finance Committee meets at 5 tonight. Aircraft taxation and a proposal to decrease the current sales tax exemption cap and replace it with a motor vehicle registration tax also are on the agenda.
Dates of tourism polls pushed back
JUNEAU -- The city has moved the dates of its last two tourism Web polls.
The fourth and fifth polls were scheduled for December, but are being moved to January to incorporate results and comments, city Tourism Director Maria Gladziszewski said. The polls are part of work on the city's long-range tourism management plan.
The first of five polls ended last week with 1,300 adults and 200 students taking part. The second poll ends at 7 a.m. Thursday. As of this morning, 775 people, including 64 students, had participated, Gladziszewski said.
During public comment at Monday's Assembly meeting, two people said they were concerned about the wording of questions in the tourism polls. Gladziszewski said planners tried to anticipate concerns and are considering the comments.
People also can submit comments through the polling Web site at www.cbjtourism.com, she said. For more information, call 586-5240.
Flu shots offered
JUNEAU -- A number of organizations are offering influenza vaccine clinics. The state Section of Epidemiology recommends flu shots for healthy people age 50 to 64 and others who want to reduce their risk for influenza.
The pharmacy at Fred Meyer will hold flu clinics from 1-5 p.m. Nov. 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 10, and 7-9 p.m. Nov. 14.
Flu vaccine shots at Fred Meyer are $15. Pneumococcal vaccine is available for $25. The pharmacy can bill Medicaid or Medicare; bring proper identification. For details, call 789-6533.
The Juneau Public Health Center is taking appointments for a clinic on Nov. 13. For details, call 465-3353.
Hospice and Home Care of Juneau is sponsoring a flu shot clinic at the Juneau Senior Center from 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 8. Shots are free to seniors with Medicare Part B coverage, and $10 to all others. For details, call 463-3113.
Remember to go to school
JUNEAU -- The Juneau School District wants to remind students and parents that the school calendar was revised recently, and that Nov. 9, 12 and 13 are now full days of school for all students.
Parent conferences for elementary schools will be held in the afternoon of Nov. 14 and 15. Elementary students will attend school in the morning. Nov. 16 is a full day of elementary school parent conferences, so there will be no school for elementary students that day.
All secondary students have full days of school until the Thanksgiving holidays. The calendar is posted on the school district's Web site at www.jsd.k12.ak.us.