THE CITY AND BOROUGH OF JUNEAU, ALASKA

January 5, 1998

MEETING NO. 98-01: The Regular meeting of the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly, held in the Assembly Chambers of the Municipal Building, was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Dennis Egan.

  1. FLAG SALUTE was led by Mayor Egan.
  2. INVOCATION was not offered.
  3. ROLL CALL
  4. Assembly Present: Garrett, Kibby, MacKinnon, Perkins, Powell, Mayor Egan, Hagevig, Muñoz, Koelsch

    Assembly Absent: None

    A quorum was present.

    Staff Present: Marian Miller, Municipal Clerk; Dave Palmer, City Manager; John Corso, City Attorney; Ernie Mueller, Public Works Director; John Kern, Capital Transit Manager; Dave Miller, Airport Manager; Mary Norcross, Controller; John Leque, Municipal Prosecutor; Melanie Flamenbaum, CBJ Law Intern; Joe Buck, Engineering Director.

  5. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
  6. 11/17/97 - Special Meeting No. 97-38

    11/17/97 - Regular Meeting No. 97-39

    11/19/97 - Special Meeting, No. 97-40

    12/01/97 - Regular Meeting, No. 97-41

    MOTION - by Kibby, to approve the minutes of Special Meeting No. 97-38, held November 17, 1997, Regular Meeting No. 97-39, held November 17, 1997, Special Meeting No. 97-40, held November 19, 1997 and Regular Meeting No. 97-41, held December 1, 1997, and asked unanimous consent. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

    SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS - None

  7. MANAGERíS REQUEST FOR AGENDA CHANGES
  8. Mr. Palmer asked to add a red folder item, resolution 1913, to the Consent Agenda. There was no objection to adding this resolution to the consent agenda.

  9. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS
  10. Bill Leighty, Gastineau Avenue, testified that he would be working the next four months out of town and has resigned from the Energy Advisory Committee effective today. He thanked the Assembly for the honor of serving on that committee. Two days after the resolution about Juneau Access, the Conference to the Parties to the Framework on Climate Change in Kyoto Japan closed. This country agreed to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions 7% below 1990 levels

    by the year 2012. He stated our emissions are now about 5% above 1990 levels and if present trends persist, we will be about 25% above 1990 levels by the year 2012. A 25-30% use adjustment will be required in our use of fossil fuels if we are to abide by the agreement. The climate change scientists say we need about a 60% reduction in our use of fossil fuels in order to stabilize the climate. We are likely to sort this out but the problem will not go away and we will be under pressure in the U.S. and in Juneau to reduce our fossil fuel emissions. Mr. Leighty presented a chart which shows that 75-80% of the energy used in this community is fossil fuels from imported petroleum. Mr. Leighty is on the Police Station Committee and attended the peer review on November 6-7. Previous to that, $20,000 was spent on an energy analysis of the building. There were 21 conservation measures provided and the Energy Advisory Committee went through the numbers prepared by the engineer. All the technical parties agree that the current design is an eminently energy efficient building; daylighting, southfacing, passive solar heating. One primary energy saving feature that did not make the cut was ground source heat pump which was carefully calculated and considered by the Energy Advisory Committee. It was rejected because the best information possible showed it would cost about $200,000 to couple that system into the earth. That is about what AEL&P paid for 100 holes drilled into the ground next to their building to couple into the earth to bring that energy inside. AEL&P is getting a coefficient performance of about 4. That means $1 of energy into running their buildings heating system returns $3 worth of energy out of the ground, replenished by the sun, for free. We assume at the police building we would have to drill 100 holes in the ground. The best way to couple into the earth would be by the pond which people assumed was unavailable. Mr. Leighty took it upon himself to determine if that was possible and talked to all the parties to the pond. There is no compelling reason for the CBJ not to make use of the pond for coupling. A preliminary response from the contractor who installed the system for AEL&P, says coupling into the pond may cost about $75,000. Now it becomes the more economical system to install in upfront costs, and a more economical system in life cycle cost. Mr. Leighty will spend the next two weeks trying to convince the Energy Advisory Committee and the Police Station Building Committee and requested help from the Assembly.

    Mr. Powell asked if it would be too late at this stage to consider ground source heating and suggested continuing on with that as an option.

    Mr. Leighty stated there is a several month hiatus in the design cycle. The designers say we would have to spend some redesign money in order to consider this now.

    Ms. Hagevig stated she would like to meet with Mr. Leighty to obtain any new information. She asked if he was referring to the pond that CBJ does not own of which the dike would have to be breached and permits would have to be obtained from the Corp of Engineers.

    Mr. Leighty stated he has spoken with the Corp and all the parties to the pond. The way to do it is to cause the little pond, on CBJís side of the property line, to become a bay of the big pond. There would then be thermal access to all 15 acres of the pond but all the equipment coupling to the building could be on the CBJ side of the property line. That would be fine with Charlie Snyder as long as it does not cost anything now or ever.

    Ms. Hagevig asked if he had explored any reclamation issues. Mr. Leighty explained that the preference of Fish and Game and Mr. Snyder, under any scenario, is that the pond remains. There is no objection to taking heat out of it.

  11. CONSENT AGENDA

Mayor Egan requested the removal of Resolution 1913.

MOTION - by Garrett, to adopt the Consent Agenda as amended with the removal of Resolution 1913, and asked unanimous consent. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

A. Ordinances for Introduction

    1. Ordinance No. 98-01

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MANAGER TO DONATE FILL MATERIAL TO HABITAT FOR HUMANITY.

Administrative Report: Attached. The Manager recommended this ordinance be introduced and set for public hearing at the next regular meeting.

    1. Resolutions Ė None
    2. Transfer Requests:

1. Transfer No. T-639: Transfers a total of $106,762 from the following projects:

CIP

 

A345-03

Airport Waterline Alternative 1

$ 737

CIP

 

A345-09

Taku Room/Flight Standards District Office Remodel

689

CIP

 

A345-18

Terminal Carpet Replacement

1,459

CIP

 

D374-30

Energy Efficiency Improvements

4,047

CIP

 

R181-89

Area-wide Storm Drainage Master plan

7,185

CIP

 

D94-89

Davis Log Cabin Foundation

5,542

CIP

 

D374-38

Marine Park Loading Zone Expansion

4,003

CIP

 

H354-61

Cruise Ship Passenger pedestrian Improvements

3,621

CIP

 

D374-14

Fire Training Center - Roof Repair

1,397

CIP

 

P396-04

Savikko Park Restroom Renovation

1,982

CIP

 

R412-15

Reconstruction of Douglas Drainage

1,675

CIP

 

R412-20

Calhoun Avenue Sidewalk Repairs

1,051

CIP

 

R412-44

Judy Lane/Coleman Street Reconstruction

2,422

CIP

 

R412-34

Nowell Avenue Reconstruction

733

CIP

 

U484-47

Lawson Creek Lift Station

12,219

CIP

 

U484-49

Douglas Highway Sewer Line Improvements

16,271

CIP

 

U484-52

Sewer Lift Station/Louver Upgrade

4,983

CIP

 

W494-09

Comprehensive Water and Sewer Facility Plan

1,136

CIP

 

W494-14

Greenwood Subdivision

20,115

CIP

 

W494-11

Auxiliary Power Lemon Creek Shop

15,495

to the following projects:

CIP

 

A345-15

Gate 6 Ground Access Stairs

2,885

CIP

 

E486-33

Centennial Hall Energy Efficient Controls

4,047

CIP

 

D374-29

Parking Garage Corrosion Prevention

458

CIP

 

D374-45

Dimond Park Master Plan

7,185

CIP

 

D374-41

Cruise Ship Terminal Master Plan

10,814

CIP

 

H354-58

Intermediate Vessel Float Shore Power Upgrade

743

CIP

 

H354-59

Municipal Wharves - Water Systems Upgrade

1,333

CIP

 

H354-60

Intermediate Vessel Float Gangway Upgrade

276

CIP

 

F413-10

Lynn Canal Fire Station

1,397

CIP

 

P374-18

Savikko Park Repairs

1,982

CIP

 

R412-33

Alder/Seater Street Reconstruction

2,106

CIP

 

R412-37

James Boulevard Reconstruction

80

CIP

 

R412-40

Brandy Lane Drainage

1,685

CIP

 

R412-46

Glacier/Willoughby Reconstruction

48,232

CIP

 

W493-86

Basin Wells 3 and 4

1,852

CIP

 

W494-03

Mountainside Estates Pump Station Reconstruction

1,414

CIP

 

W494-15

Aspen Avenue/Pinewood Drive Waterline

158

     

Sewer Extension Fund

20,115

Administrative Report: Attached. The Manager recommended that this transfer be approved.

2. Transfer No. T-640: Transfers $30,000 from Essential Building Repairs (CIP

P396-06) to Juneau Fire Station Repairs (CIP F412-12).

D. Bid Awards:

1. Bid No. E98-086: Towing Services Contract for Various City Departments.

Administrative Report: Attached. The Manager recommended award of this bid to Glacier Muffler & Towing, as having the lowest responsive bid, for a total bid award of $20,430.00.

2. Bid No. E98-117: Bonnie Brae Pump Station Improvements.

Administrative Report: Attached. The Manager recommended award of this bid to Hulegaard Construction in the amount bid, for a total award of $62,000.00.

E. Liquor Licenses:

1. Transfer of Ownership:

Goldbelt Juneau Hotel; Goldbelt Enterprises, Inc.

2. Liquor License Renewal:

Valley Liquor Mart

Administrative Report: Attached. The Manager recommended the Assembly adopt the Human Resources Committee recommendations and waive its right to protest the licenses as reported.

B.1. Resolution 1913

A RESOLUTION EXPRESSING CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF KEVIN LAMM, THE FAIRBANKS POLICE DEPARTMENT, AND THE PEOPLE OF FAIRBANKS.

Ms. Miller read the resolution into the record.

Mayor Egan requested a copy of the resolution, in addition to being sent to Fairbanks, be sent to Chief Lamm in Sitka and the Sitka Assembly.

Assembly Action:

MOTION - by Garrett, to adopt resolution 1913, and asked unanimous consent. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

  1. ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING
  2. 1. Ordinance No. 97-49

    AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE LAND USE CODE TO CHANGE THE DEFINITIONS OF "ADDITION", "GROSS BUILDING AREA", "GROSS LEASABLE FLOOR AREA", "HOME OCCUPATION", AND "NET FLOOR AREA"; TO ADD A DEFINITION FOR "GROSS FLOOR AREA"; AND TO MAKE CORRESPONDING CHANGES TO SECTIONS IN TITLE 49 USING THESE TERMS.

    Administrative Report: Attached. The Manager recommended that this ordinance be adopted.

    Public Participation: None

    Assembly Action:

    MOTION - by MacKinnon, to adopt Ordinance 97-49, and asked unanimous consent. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

    2. Ordinance No. 97-50

    AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CRIMINAL CODE TO PROHIBIT URINATING OR DEFECATING IN PUBLIC.

    Administrative Report: Attached. The Manager recommended that this ordinance be adopted.

    Public Participation:

    Dave Miller, 9361 North Douglas Highway, Juneau resident for 34 months. He understands the spirit and intent of the ordinance but pointed out that it applies to all public land. He has enjoyed his walks in the woods and stated his walks will become mighty short or miserable or he will come back in violation of criminal code.

    Mr. Corso stated the definition of the ordinance addresses streets, sidewalks, alleys, plazas, parks, public building, public property. The term public property is modified by the preceding usages that make it reasonably clear that this is some place open to the public view. The current ordinance, strictly read, would also apply to the woods. It is not enforced that way and this ordinance will not be either.

    Assembly Action:

    MOTION - by Hagevig, to adopt ordinance 97-50, and asked for unanimous consent. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

    3. Ordinance No. 97-51

    AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE TRAFFIC CODE TO REVISE SPEED LIMITS.

    Administrative Report: Attached. The Manager recommended that this ordinance be adopted.

    Public Participation: None

    Assembly Action:

    MOTION - by Muñoz, to adopt ordinance no. 97-51, and asked for unanimous consent.

    Mr. Garrett asked a person was stopped if driving down Egan Expressway at 60 m.p.h, under whose law are you written the ticket.

    Mr. Corso stated the speed limit on Egan Expressway is controlled by the posted signs so that would be the basis for writing any citations issued. There is almost no place in town that is not covered by a posted sign or is not on a state highway controlled by state law. The provision before the Assembly is pure housekeeping and will probably not make a difference but may avoid some argument by defense counsel that takes advantage of what is not in ordinance.

    Mr. Garrett asked where, in the rest of the code, it says that this only applies in areas where there is posted speed limits. Mr. Corso recalled the phrase as "except as otherwise posted, the speed limit is . . ." He pointed out where it states "except when a special hazard exists that requires lower speed for compliance with subsection A of this section."

    Mr. Garrett asked about Riverside Drive being posted at 35 m.p.h. and this saying it should only be 20. Mr. Corso stated that 35 m.p.h. controls. Mr. Garrett clarified that posted speed limits could raise or lower the speed limit controls and if the state decides to raise the speed limit on Egan Drive, it does not matter what is in this ordinance. Mr. Corso stated that would be correct.

    Assembly Action:

    There being no objection to the motion as stated by Ms. Muñoz, it was so ordered.

    4. Ordinance No. 97-52

    AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING THE OFFENSE OF VIOLATING CONDITIONS OF PAROLE, AND PROVIDING A PENALTY FOR VIOLATIONS THEREOF.

    Administrative Report: Attached. The Manager recommended that this ordinance be adopted.

    Public Participation: None

    Assembly Action:

    MOTION - by Garrett, to adopt ordinance 97-52, and asked unanimous consent. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

    5. Ordinance No. 97-17 (AC)

    PURCHASE OF FOUR REPLACEMENT TRANSIT COACHES FOR THE PUBLIC TRANSIT SYSTEM. SUCH FUNDS PROVIDED BY THE ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC FACILITIES.

    Administrative Report: Attached. The Manager recommended that this ordinance be adopted.

    Public Participation: None

    Assembly Action:

    MOTION - by Garrett, to adopt ordinance 97-17 (AC).

    Mr. Garrett clarified that the grant agreement states that our share of this federal highway money match will be provided by in-kind match funds for the project. He asked why we would be appropriating money that is in-kind. John Kern, Capital Transit Manager, responded that the grantee in this instance is the State of Alaska. The CBJ is the sub-grantee. The in-kind is from the State.

    Ms. Muñoz stated in the Public Works Committee last year, there was discussion of putting bike racks on some of the newer vehicles. She asked if that was possible with these new coaches. Mr. Kern stated the type of vehicle will not affect the ability to handle bikes on buses. It is an issue of having the time to deal with them. This equipment will be just as able to handle bikes as the current equipment.

    Mr. Garrett clarified the new bus will have the ability to handle bikes but they will not carry bikes; they will not come with racks. Mr. Kern stated the racks are mountable on all the currently available equipment.

    Mr. Powell asked if there was any plans for mounting bike racks on the city buses. Mr. Kern stated they are considering putting bike racks on the express bus, which operates from downtown on Egan Drive to the Nugget Mall and then to the UAS campus, this summer. That would provide a level of experience with bike racks on buses.

    Mayor Egan asked Mr. Kern if he had any idea how much this would slow the bus down. Mr. Kern stated one of the reasons they have not put racks on all the buses is that there currently is a problem with crowding on the buses and a problem with performing the route in the time allowed. That would be, and continues to be, an obstacle to providing bicycle transportation on the buses. In the case of the express route, it is fairly unencumbered by the peak hour traffic and has a limited number of stops which might be conducive to using the bicycles and would limit the impact on the system from the bicycles.

    Ms. Hagevig asked Mr. Kern if he had opportunity to gather information from other communities who have the same or similar type of geographic configuration as Juneau, providing the benefit of their experiences on whether or not this is ultimately beneficial or not. Mr. Kern stated in terms of communities similar in size, there is a lot of experience with them. One question to consider is whether or not they will be used in the wintertime and if they will be removed during the wintertime.

    Assembly Action:

    There being no objection to the motion by Mr. Garrett, it was so ordered.

    6. Ordinance No. 97-17 (AD)

    AN ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING TO THE MANAGER THE SUM OF $2,500 FOR THE ROPE RESCUE TEAM. SUCH FUNDS PROVIDED BY A DONATION FROM BAYWATCH.

    Administrative Report: Attached. The Manager recommended that this ordinance be adopted.

    Public Participation:

    Doug Wesson, 638 Seward Street, spoke in favor of the ordinance. He is a member of the rope rescue team and also works as a guide for Temsco Helicopters. He helped organize the agreement with the Baywatch Production Company. He reported there was generally two lifeguards on duty whenever the Production Company did shooting in California. Given the terrain on the Glacier, there was 7 volunteers working with the film units for the day to provide safety and precautionary measures so the folks from California who have never been on a Glacier, did not get into any trouble. One benefit was that they did a short film strip with the volunteers which may get included in the program.

    Assembly Action:

    MOTION - by Hagevig, to adopt ordinance 97-17 (AD), and asked for unanimous consent. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

  3. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
  4. 1. Ordinance No. 97-17 (Y)

    AN ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING TO THE MANAGER THE SUM OF $833,600 FOR THE JUNEAU ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCILíS (JEDC) SOUTHEAST ALASKA REVOLVING LOAN FUND. SUCH FUNDS PROVIDED BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE - ALASKA ECONOMIC DISASTER FUND.

    Administrative Report: Attached. The Manager recommended that this ordinance be adopted.

    Public Participation: None

    Assembly Action:

    MOTION - by Perkins, to adopt ordinance 97-17 (Y), and asked unanimous consent.

    Ms. Muñoz offered corrections to the MOA. On page 5, spelling of Manager is incorrect in the first paragraph. On page 4, insert in the sixth line "be" before "considered". On page 2, first paragraph, she is concerned with the last sentence in the paragraph "in addition, from time to time, the CBJ may approve additional indirect or direct funding for deposit into the Juneau segment of the SEAK-RLF." She feels the JEDC should be given an opportunity to be successful with the fund and it is not necessary to make a statement that the city will be adding to the fund at anytime in the future. It is already implied in the third sentence that it may not be limited to loans that have already taken place. She is bothered that at this point there is already discussions about future deposits into the fund before it is even in operation.

    Mr. Palmer stated that sentence could be removed without any effect on the ordinance.

    Assembly Action:

    Mayor Egan asked if there was any objection to removing the last sentence starting with "In Addition". There being no objection, it was so ordered.

    Mayor Egan asked if there was objection to the MOA and ordinance 97-17(Y) as amended. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

  5. NEW BUSINESS - None
  6. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS
  7. A. Managerís Report - Action Items

    1. Scheduling Hearing on Resolution No. 1912, Confirmation of Assessment Roll

    for Local Improvement District No. 81.

    Administrative Report: Attached. The Manager recommended that the Assembly schedule Resolution No. 1912 for public hearing on February 9, 1998.

    Assembly Action:

    MOTION - by Garrett, to adopt the Managerís recommendation and schedule resolution 1912 for public hearing at the meeting on February 9, 1998. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

    2. JEDC Memorandum of Understanding

    Administrative Report: Attached. The Manager recommended that the JEDC Memorandum of Understanding be approved.

    Assembly Action:

    No action, as this item was covered in discussion of Ordinance No. 97-17 (Y).

    B. Managerís Report - Information Items

    1. State request for Information

    Administrative Report: The state is proposing to issue a Request for Information. The Manager would like to make the request joint between the city and the state, asking for ideas and suggestions with regard to downtown parking. The Mental Health lands at the subport are starting to cost the state money so they are looking at alternatives to parking. The city also recognizes the need for parking so the request would be asking for any proposed ideas. Mr. Palmer suggested this information be referred to one of the standing committees.

    Mayor Egan clarified that this would not commit the city or the state and is only a Request for Information. He feels it would be too early right now to appoint a committee.

    Mr. Garrett stated the Assembly adopted, through the Capital Budget last year, an appropriation of money for an area wide transportation plan which included the downtown parking. The DOT committed money to this plan. The city is currently headed down the path of studying this problem through DOT, Engineering, and CDD.

    Mr. Palmer stated the city is doing a study which will give a lot of number in terms of demand and traffic. He understands the request is to float the idea to the private sector side and see what ideas come in. That could be incorporated into the work that is happening.

    Mayor Egan stated what concerns the Department of Administration is that they are being charged $360,000 a year while the study is going on from another agency and they would like to see ballpark figures. CBJ needs the numbers to help determine what the city should commit to and what the state should commit to.

    2. Accident at City Hall

    Administrative Report: Mr. Palmer reported that a truck fell over and hit the city canopy. The canopy is solid concrete and put a hole in the truck. The cleanup of snow and oil is complete. There is damage to the flashing on the canopy where the truck hit but the repairs are minor.

    Mayor Egan thanked all involved for their clean up efforts.

    Mr. Perkins asked if Mr. Palmer had any ideas how much oil went down the storm drains and if there was any chance the storm drains could be plugged along the way.

    Mr. Palmer stated DEC was on the scene. Due to the cold, the oil was not moving very fast. The estimate he heard was maybe 10 gallons into the catch basin and it will be a while before it reaches the channel. The harbor boat was at the passenger float watching and placed booms around the area.

    C. Attorneyís Report

    Mr. Corso noted the presence in the audience of the Criminal Prosecution Intern, Melanie Flamenbaum.

  8. MAYORíS REPORT ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS - None
  9. A. Revised Pending Items

  10. COMMITTEE REPORTS ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS
  11. A. Committee Reports

    1. Committee of the Whole

    Mr. MacKinnon reported a meeting scheduled for Wednesday at 5:00 in Chambers to discuss Dimond Park and the High School.

    2. Finance Committee

    Mr. Perkins reported all should have received a status report on the external investment managers selection process which was an agenda item for the Finance Committee. The report gives a historical overview of what has happened since spring 1996. He asked if the body wanted a verbal status report or if this would suffice and if this item should be removed from the agenda.

    Mr. Kibby suggested Mr. Palmer figure out how to provide the Assembly with the portfolio through the selection process and implementation.

    Ms. Hagevig concurred with Mr. Kibby in that some of the items on the list would be lame reasons why activities did or did not occur. She would like to have a better feel for the direction, timing and outcome as soon as possible.

    There was no objection to Mr. Perkins scheduling the Finance Director to a Finance Committee meeting to explain and discuss the memo.

    Mr. Perkins stated he passed out a letter received from Mr. Northrip to Mr. Legere at KTOO regarding TV coverage. Mr. Perkins appointed Mr. Garrett to head up the sub-committee for TV coverage. Mr. Garrett reported there will be a meeting at noon on Wednesday in room 211.

    3. Committee on Committees

    Mr. Powell offered the following names for consideration on various boards and committees:

    ADA Committee - Cheryl Hall

    Commission on Aging - Jennifer Kline

    Douglas Service Area Advisory Board - Mala Reges

    Energy Advisory Committee - Milt Barker, Lawrence Woodall and Dick Bevens

    Continuing Fisheries Development Committee - Richard Folk, Charles Polk and Duff Mitchell

    Bartlett Regional Hospital Board of Directors - Ed Flannigan, Ron Lorensen, and Beverly Reaume

    Juneau Public Libraries Endowment Board - John Chenoweth

    Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee - Ken Dean, James King and Paul Brase

    Personnel Board - Douglas Gardener, Hugh Grant and Ken Corean

    Sales Tax Appeals Board - Tim Cottongim and Karen Shoemaker

    Wetlands Review Board - Terry Brock, K.V. Koski and Chris Rowe

    Womenís Council - Norma Strickland

    1% for Art Panels - for the Riverbend School project: Assembly nomination: Melanie Lesh and Mimi Walker; Managerís nomination: Michael Griffin; Arts & Humanities nomination: Natalie Rothhaus; Facility nomintion: Glenda Lindley; Project Manager/liaison: Catherine Fritz.

    The Public Safety Building: The Assembly nominations: Janet Lown, Mark Kelly; Arts & Humanities nomination: none at this time; Managerís nomintion: Travis Miller; Facilities nomination: Richard Gummow; Project Manager/Liaison: Catherine Fritz.

    Mayor Egan stated, except for the 1% for Art, these names will be presented before the full Assembly on the 12th. There was no objection to the nominations for the 1% for Arts Panel.

    Ms. Hagevig reported there are a couple of committees lacking applicants, particularly the Womenís Council which has an additional vacancy.

    Mr. Powell stated there was a number of people who applied for three or four Boards and there was more names than there was positions for. He encouraged those who applied to stay on the list as there is a lot of turn over.

    4. Human Resources Committee

    Ms. Muñoz stated on the 12th, at noon, there is a short meeting scheduled. There is one liquor license. On the 26th, at noon, there is continuation of the For Hire Vehicle ordinance and they will adopt a time line for implementing various changes to the ordinance and for presenting the ordinance to the Assembly.

    5. Lands & Resources Committee

    Mr. Kibby stated there will be a meeting on the 14th, in room 211, at noon. The agenda has not been set as of this time.

    6. Public Works & Facilities Committee

    Mr. Garrett stated there will be a Thursday meeting on the 15th, at noon, to discuss the Point Stephens water project. He encouraged all concerned to attend.

    7. Strategic Policy Committee

    Ms. Hagevig stated there were not any meetings over the holiday season. They will be meeting to do their final work on the Community Visioning Project and will be bringing it back to the Assembly for final action in the near future.

    The Police Station Oversight Committee will make every attempt to have a meeting sometime before Mr. Leighty leaves town so there is an opportunity to hear, in more detail, the research he has been able to provide to us.

    B. Board Liaison Reports

    Mayor Egan stated the Alaska Committee will meet in the old AEL&P building at 7:00 on Wednesday.

    There will be a lobbyist meeting with the Assembly at 7:30 Wednesday.

  12. ASSEMBLY COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS
  13. Mr. Kibby commented further on his dissatisfaction with the investment portfolio. It has been two years since the Assembly asked for an investment portfolio. In those two years, there has been some of the highest money markets perhaps ever to been seen. It came back to us months ago that this could earn us $250,000 a year. In two years that is $500,000. In addition, it takes approximately 500-600 hours of staff time to implement the process that is currently in place for investment portfolio. That is a considerable sum of money. In good conscience it is hard to sit by and watch a process that takes so much time to get through and at what cost. When he sees something come out of the department, he does not want excuses.

    Mr. Garrett stated the Public Works Committee, at the last meeting, had the issue of what capital projects should be listed as CBJ priorities for the legislative session. They requested the potential list of projects to be considered be forwarded to the legislative delegation and for that to be a discussion item at the meeting on the 7th.

    Mr. Garrett also commented that the letter from NOAA was very odd. He does not know the next step and thought the proposal advanced by the Manager was very good and had a very easy, steady tone that was not threatening or mean. He thought the response from NOAA was unbelievable rude. The city has gone a long way and is making a huge effort to help make this work for everyone.

    Mayor Egan agreed and thought it would be better to leave sleeping dogs lie and not respond to the letter. It is not because of lack of initiative that this Assembly and the City Administration has taken in trying to get this project to move forward.

    Mr. Powell stated he liked the tone the Mayor used in another letter stating in no uncertain terms we need to keep folks working in our community and not moving to Anchorage or outside of the community when the job that needs to be done is in this community. The NOAA letter was not surprising to him as this letter is very consistent with the attitude experienced all along. He feels the hardhandedness is inappropriate.

    Ms. Miller stated the 13th Annual Community Reception is Tuesday the 13th at 5:30 p.m. at Centennial Hall. She asked each Assembly member to donate one half hour of time to greet our legislators.

    Mayor Egan reported the Attorney Compensation Committee met, Mr. Powell, Mr. Perkins and himself, with Ms. Miller and Mr. Corso. They discussed the evaluation that Mr. Corso received and would like to recommend a 2.5% increase to Mr. Corsoís salary. That would mirror what occurred earlier with employees and the Manager. There have been discussions about leave buy out that will need to be discussed with the Finance Committee.

    Mr. Perkins added the buy out portion of the annual leave is based on the fact that Mr. Corso has only had nine days off this past year. Whether or not the Attorney and Manager should be able to get that time in the form of a paycheck needs to be discussed in Finance and he will put it on the agenda.

    Assembly Action

    MOTION - by Garrett, to approve the recommendation of the Attorney Compensation sub-committee. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

  14. CONTINUATION OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS
  15. Mr. Palmer reported the total number of meetings at year end, including Assembly meetings, Committee of the Whole meeting and Finance meetings added up to 100 meetings last year. That does not count the Special meetings or Board Liaison meetings.

  16. ADJOURNMENT - There being no further business to come before the Assembly, and no objection, the meeting adjourned at 8:12 p.m.

 

Signed: ________________________________

Mayor Dennis Egan

 

 

Countersigned: ________________________________

Marian Miller, Clerk