Three Assembly committees to take up a wide range of issues

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Three committees of the Juneau Assembly are scheduled to meet Monday.

    The Committee of the Whole will take up solid waste plan recommendations, receive an update on services to the homeless and be briefed on a revised method for mapping landslide hazards.

    The meeting is scheduled to convene at 7 p.m.

    The Lands, Housing and Economic Development Committee meets an hour earlier at 6 p.m. An update from Travel Juneau highlights that agenda.  

    Members will take up an ordinance that calls for the rezoning of lots along Honsinger Drive from industrial to general commercial.  It's recommended that the measure be forwarded to the full Assembly.

    The committee will take up a request from David McCasland of Franklin Foods LLC, the owner, and operator of Deckhand Dave's, to purchase CBJ property at 139 South Franklin Street known formerly as Pocket Park.   Franklin Foods leases the property currently.  A memo to the committee says McCasland has a contract to purchase the former Gastineau Apartments property which is adjacent to where his restaurant is located.    The staff recommendation is to forward the matter to the full Assembly.

    Members will also be updated on the status of housing initiatives and updates to the Land Use Code.        

    The Public Works and Facilities Committee meets over the noon hour.  Highlighting that agenda will be a discussion on proposed Marine Passenger fee projects.

    The panel will take a proposal for a $150,000 expenditure to dispose of contaminated soil discovered in Capital Avenue during the reconstruction of the byway this summer.

    Another funding request calls for use of $200,000 from the Water Utility fund to replace the Hospital Water Main.

    Both proposals would be forwarded to the full Assembly for action if the committee concurs with staff recommendations.

    Engineering and Public Works Director Katie Koester informs the committee in a memo that material shortages have caused a delay of projects originally scheduled for completion this year until next year.  

    Material shortages have been a significant challenge for CBJ’s 2021 construction season.  A number of the
    projects already bid and scheduled for 2021 construction have been delayed because of issues obtaining
    construction materials and getting them delivered to Juneau in a timely manner.

    Those projects include sewer pump station upgrades for Channel Drive and Channel Vista; a sewer pump station replacement for Gruening Park; phase one of the Tongass Boulevard reconstruction; and reconstruction of Crest Street.


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