The City and Borough of Juneau received three community awards at the Alaska Municipal League's 60th Annual Local Government Conference awards banquet Thursday night.
"It's gratifying to have our colleagues from around the state recognize the outstanding performance of our city staff," said Mayor Bruce Bothelho. "There were many excellent submissions from around the state reflecting innovative practices in municipal government."
The Juneau Seawalk won in the category for education and local government. The Seawalk was selected for its provision of safe passageway for tourists while enhancing the local businesses. Assemblymember David Stone accepted the award on behalf of the city.
The next award was for land use and went to Eaglecrest Ski Area for its three-year improvement program to enhance its sustainability in the community. Among the improvements are a chairlift, a road, electrical conversion that saves more than 38,000 gallons of diesel fuel annually and electricity to the weather tower that's able to provide information to the Juneau International Airport. Assemblymember Ruth Danner accepted this award.
Juneau's other win was in public works for geothermal conversion at Juneau International Airport. This was for the airport's heat pump configuration for heating water and melting ice on the sidewalks using renewable energy. This award was accepted by Assembly member Mary Becker.
"AML always looks to find special projects that communities have undertaken, and, in general, Juneau has proven to be a very progressive and unique community. There were a lot of projects submitted, and it's gratifying to see ours chosen that were the improvements to our waterfront, to out airport and some innovative changes to our local ski area," said city manager Rod Swope.
The remaining community award went to Denali for its Derelict Dry Vehicle Drop Off Program. Denali Mayor Dave Talerico accepted the award.
The individual award winners include Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, who won Elected Official of the Year, Fairbanks North Star Borough attorney Ann Rene Broker, who won Municipal Employee of the Year, and former Assembly member for the Kenai Peninsula Borough, Pete Sprague, who won the Vic Fischer Local Government Leadership Award.
Contact reporter Jonathan Grass at 523-2276 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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