Smacking of a sweetheart deal

Posted: Sunday, November 19, 2006

"Amen" to the letter by Kathleen Wiest in the Nov. 10 edition of the Empire regarding the proposed North Douglas sewer expansion schedule.

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I am both angry and disappointed that the city of Juneau seems poised to go ahead with its construction schedule for the North Douglas sewer despite the widespread and reasonable opposition voiced at the public meeting on Oct. 24 - namely, that the least populated area is to be completed first, primarily allowing for commercial development that will further impact downhill residents. The city's argument is that the purpose of the voter-approved sales tax was "to promote development;" and that the most densely populated and most polluted areas are scheduled for completion last, "provided that grant monies are sufficient."

This smacks of a sweetheart deal and does little to promote faith and confidence in local government.

I urge the Assembly Public Works and Facilities Committee not to approve the proposed construction schedule, but to serve the older and more densely populated areas first.

Richard L. Dauenhauer


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