Submitted by: _____________________________
City & Borough Manager
I. FLAG SALUTE
II. ROLL CALL
III. PUBLIC HEARING
A. Resolution 2442
An Emergency Appropriation Resolution Appropriating $3,250,000 to the Manager For a Grant to the United Way of Southeast Alaska, and a Loan to the Juneau Economic Development Council, for Energy Assistance to Residents and Small Businesses, and For Energy Conservation Measures, Funding Provided by the Budget Reserve.
This emergency resolution would appropriate $3,250,000 to the Manager to address Juneau’s electrical energy crisis. It would give the Manager authority to negotiate and execute a grant to the United Way of Southeast Alaska and a loan to the Juneau Economic Development Council. The United Way grant would provide the capital to make loans to persons having difficulty paying the added cost of electricity. The JEDC loan would make funds available to small businesses for the same purpose. The resolution also includes an appropriation of $250,000 to the Manager to implement energy-conservation measures for the CBJ. In addition, it would authorize the Manager to make available to United Way and/or JEDC an amount not to exceed one percent of the loan and grant to help defray added administrative costs to establish these energy emergency programs.
I recommend this resolution be adopted.
[Packet item - Charter Section 9.10]
IV. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
A. Resolution 2441(2nd am)
An Emergency Appropriation Resolution Appropriating $3,250,000 To The Manager For A Loan To Alaska Electric Light And Power, And For Energy Conservation Measures, Funding Provided By The Budget Reserve.
The CBJ Charter, Section 9.10(b), provides in part: “Upon declaration by the assembly that a public emergency exists and describing the emergency in clear and specific terms, the assembly may make emergency appropriations. Such appropriations may be made by resolution...” This resolution would make appropriations under the emergency as declared by the Manager and Assembly regarding Juneau’s loss of hydroelectric power. The measure would appropriate $3 million to the Manager for a loan to Alaska Electric Light and Power (AEL&P), the terms of which are to be negotiated by the Manager. The purpose of the loan was amended at the continuation of the April 28, 2008 Special Assembly meeting to “provide AEL&P with working capital to allow residential and business customers to set up voluntary repayment plans with AEL&P, and to protect Juneau’s most vulnerable citizens.” The resolution also provides minimum loan terms, providing that, if the loan term does not exceed 12 months, it shall not bear interest. To the extent the loan does exceed 12 months, it shall bear interest at the CBJ cost of funds rate as calculated by the Finance Director. In addition, the resolution would appropriate to the Manager $250,000 to implement energy conservation measures for CBJ.
Pursuant to public comments and testimony received on this proposed resolution at the last Special Assembly meeting, the Assembly deferred action on this resolution to this meeting.
I recommend this resolution be tabled indefinitely.
V. ASSEMBLY COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS
VI. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS
VII. EXECUTIVE SESSION
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