City and Borough of Juneau
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Assembly of the City and Borough of Juneau

ASSEMBLY AGENDA/MANAGER’S REPORT
THE CITY AND BOROUGH OF JUNEAU, ALASKA
Monday, November 8, 2010, 7 p.m.
Assembly Chambers – Municipal Building
Regular Meeting No. 2010-27

 

I. FLAG SALUTE

II. ROLL CALL

III. SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS

A. Outgoing Assemblymember Recognition – Randy Wanamaker and Jeff Bush
B. Juneau Arts and Cultural Center – Recognition of Jim Herr
C. Zach Gordon Youth Center ARPA Recognition

IV. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

A. October 25, 2010 – Regular Assembly Meeting 2010-26

V. MANAGER’S REQUEST FOR AGENDA CHANGES

VI. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS.
(Not to exceed a total of 20 minutes nor more than 5 minutes for any individual).

VII. CONSENT AGENDA

A. Public Requests for Consent Agenda Changes, Other Than Ordinances for Introduction

B. Assembly Requests for Consent Agenda Changes

C. Assembly Action

1. Ordinances for Introduction

a. Ordinance 2010-34
An Ordinance Amending The Sales Tax Code Regarding The Senior Citizen Sales Tax Exemption To Provide The Spousal Exemption For Same-Sex Domestic Partners.

The Uniform Sales Tax Code currently allows spouses of qualifying senior citizens to obtain a senior citizen sales tax exemption card. This ordinance would extend the same benefit to same-sex domestic partners of qualifying senior citizens. This amendment is intended to bring the exemption ordinance into compliance with the Alaska Supreme Court’s decision in Alaska Civil Liberties Union v. State of Alaska and Municipality of Anchorage, 122 P.3d 781 (Alaska 2005).

I recommend this ordinance be introduced and set for public hearing at the next regular meeting.

2. Resolutions

A. Resolution 2546
A Resolution Adopting Amendments To The Personnel Board Rules Of Procedure And Repealing Resolution No. 2471.

Exhibit A                          Memorandum

This resolution would approve changes to the Juneau Personnel Board Rules of Procedure, which outline the procedures that govern the Board’s interactions with labor organizations and management representatives in labor-management disputes. The rules also outline procedures related to appeals and employee grievances. The proposed changes are primarily housekeeping in nature and have been reviewed by the Human Resources Committee. The Human Resources Committee recommended the adoption of these changes at its October 25, 2010 meeting.

I recommend this resolution be adopted.

VIII. PUBLIC HEARING

A. Ordinance 2010-31
An Ordinance Amending The Airport Code Regarding Domestic Animals On Airport Premises.

This ordinance would amend the current Airport code regarding animals on the Airport premises to bring it in line with the Parks and Recreation Code, Code 08.05.010, which defines “competent voice control,” and adds additional defining language concerning animals in the airport terminal. This change would align the Airport Code with the common practices on the airport, in CBJ parks, and is designed to clarify the rules for the public and Animal Control.

This ordinance was recommended by the Airport Board at its September 8, 2010 meeting.

I recommend this ordinance adopted.

B. Ordinance 2010-32
An Ordinance Amending The Sales Tax Code To Remove The Single-Item Cap On Jewelry Purchases.

This ordinance would amend the Sales Tax Code to narrow exemption #21 by excluding the sale of jewelry from the cap on the tax for the sale of a single item. The current exemption is very broad, the tax is on the first $7,500 of a tangible, single-item sale; any amount of the purchase price over $7,500 is exempt from the sales tax. The CBJ has exempted, on average per year for the past four years, just over $2 million in jewelry gross sales. In 2009, CBJ exempted $114,659 in sales taxes. The vast majority of these sales (99.58%) occurred in the second and third quarters.

The Assembly Finance Committee, at its September 22, 2010 meeting, recommended moving the ordinance to the Assembly for consideration.

I recommend this ordinance be adopted.

C. Ordinance 2010-33(d)
An Ordinance Amending The Real And Personal Property Tax Code Relating To Exempt Property And Providing The Surviving Spousal Exemption To Surviving Same-Sex Domestic Partners, And Providing For The Establishment Of Baseline Criteria For The Application Of The Hardship Exemption Authorized By State Law.

This ordinance would narrow the eligibility for the hardship exemption, which is a property tax exemption available to qualifying senior citizens and disabled veterans. Version (d) incorporates the changes recommended by the Committee of the Whole on November 1, 2010. The number of citizens applying for the hardship exemption has been expanding at a high rate, as its only requirement has been that the applicant’s property tax bill exceeds two percent of the applicant’s income. This ordinance retains the two-percent limit and adds other limiting criteria.

As recommended by the Committee of the Whole, the ordinance sets an income maximum at 400% of the federal household poverty guidelines for Alaska. Unforeseen extraordinary or extenuating circumstances may be taken in to consideration in determining whether an applicant meets the income eligibility requirement. The ordinance also authorizes the Assembly to increase the amount of the exemption granted to a qualifying applicant up to 100% of the applicant’s tax bill upon a showing of extreme hardship.

Finally, to comply with the Alaska Supreme Court decision in Alaska Civil Liberties Union v. State of Alaska and Municipality of Anchorage, 122 P.3d 781 (Alaska 2005), this ordinance extends the Senior Citizen/Disabled Veteran exemption available to eligible surviving spouses to eligible surviving same-sex domestic partners.

[NOTE: The hardship exemption is applied to qualifying taxpayers in addition to the Senior Citizen/Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption, which exempts the first $150,000 of value for all disabled veterans and all homeowners over age 65, regardless of hardship or income.]

I recommend this ordinance be adopted.

D. Ordinance 2010-11(U)
An Ordinance Appropriating To The Manager The Sum Of $13,700 As Partial Funding For A Cold Storage Feasibility Study, Funding Provided By Fiscal Year 2011 Sales Tax Reserve.

Economic Impact Note

The Fisheries Development Committee recommends completing a Cold Storage Feasibility study. This ordinance would appropriate $13,700 from the Sales Tax Budget Reserve to the Manager to provide partial funding for a Cold Storage Feasibility Study. Additional funding, in the amount of $11,300, would be provided by donations from private fisheries businesses.

The Public Works and Facilities Committee recommended this action at its September 10, 2010 meeting.

I recommend this ordinance be adopted.

E. Ordinance 2010-11(V)
An Ordinance Appropriating To The Manager The Sum Of $130,000 For Completion Of The Auke Bay Loading Facility-Phase I; Funding Provided By The Harbors Fund Balance.

Economic Impact Note

This appropriation would provide funding for final payment to the contractor and allow Phase I of the project to be closed out. As of September 30, 2010, the Harbors Fund Balance has approximately $2,600,000 in the account.

The Docks and Harbors Board recommended the Assembly approve this action at its September 30, 2010 meeting.

The Assembly Public Works and Facility Committee recommended this action at its October 11, 2010 meeting.

I recommend this ordinance be adopted.

F. Ordinance 2010-11(W)
An Ordinance Appropriating To The Manager The Sum Of $40,000 Additional Funding For A Camera System For The Capital Transit Buses; Funding Provided By The Bus Barn Maintenance And Site Paving Capital Improvement Project.

Economic Impact Note

This ordinance would appropriate $40,000 in additional funding for the Capital Transit Bus Camera System. Funding is to be provided by Bus Barn Maintenance and Site Paving Capital Improvement Project.

Capital Transit is procuring a camera system for Capital Transit Buses. The system would document activities on buses and would substantially improve CBJ’s position with regard to accidents and insurance claims. This $40,000 appropriation would be added to the existing $80,000 in the Capital Transit Budget for this procurement.

The Public Works and Facilities Committee recommended this action at its September 10, 2010 meeting.

I recommend this ordinance be adopted.

G. Ordinance 2010-11(X)
An Ordinance Appropriating To The Manager The Sum Of $939,400 As Funding For The CT Scan Renovation Capital Improvement Project; Funding Provided By Bartlett Regional Hospital Fund Balance.

Economic Impact Note

This ordinance would appropriate $939,400 to the CT Scan Renovation Capital Improvement Project, funding provided by the Bartlett Regional Hospital Fund Balance.

The scope of work includes two separate, but related, phases. The first phase consists of renovation of the existing file room for a smaller backup Siemens CT scan. The second phase will not commence until after the first phase is complete and the backup CT scan is fully operational. The second phase consists of removing the existing Philips CT scan and related equipment and installation of a new Siemens CT scan and related equipment.

The Hospital Board recommended this appropriation at its September 28, 2010 meeting.

The Public Works and Facilities Committee recommended this action at its October 11, 2010 meeting.

I recommend this ordinance be adopted.

IX. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

A. Ordinance 2010-30
An Ordinance Authorizing The Manager To Convey Lot 10, Block L, Pinewood Park 2, To Juneau Housing Trust, Subject To Certain Conditions, In Support Of The Juneau-Douglas High School Home Building Program.

This land sale would support continuation of the High School Home Building Program. The Assembly has supported the Program for a number of years by conveying land at no less than fair market value. CBJ recently purchased the property at the request of the Juneau School District. Juneau Housing Trust is partnering with the School District and will purchase the lot from CBJ to facilitate development of two affordable residences. An appraisal of the property was performed for the acquisition, which concluded that the fair market value is $72,500. The appraisal and closing costs for the acquisition of the property were $1,278.42. CBJ intends to recover these costs as well as the purchase price of the lot.

The Assembly authorized the Manager to negotiate the sale of the property to the Juneau Housing Trust at its August 23, 2010 meeting. The Lands Committee recommended the conveyance at its August 23, 2010 meeting.

I recommend this ordinance be adopted.

X. NEW BUSINESS

XI. STAFF REPORTS

XII. ASSEMBLY REPORTS

A. Mayor’s Report
B. Committee Reports
C. Liaison Reports
D. Presiding Officer Reports

XIII. ASSEMBLY COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS

XIV. CONTINUATION OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS

XV. EXECUTIVE SESSION

XVI. ADJOURNMENT

Note: Agenda packets are available for review online at www.juneau.org.

ADA accommodations available upon request: Please contact the Clerk’s office 72 hours prior to any meeting so arrangements can be made to have a sign language interpreter present or an audiotape containing the Assembly’s agenda made available. The Clerk’s office telephone number is 586-5278, TDD 586-5351, e-mail: city_clerk@ci.juneau.ak.us

 

 



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