THE CITY AND BOROUGH OF JUNEAU, ALASKA

APRIL 20, 1998

MEETING NO. 98-12: 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, and Koelsch

    Assembly Absent: None

    A quorum was present.

    Staff Present: Marian Miller, Municipal Clerk; Donna Pierce, Deputy City Manager; John Corso, City Attorney; Craig Duncan, Finance Officer; Cynthia Johnson, Lands & Resources; Steve Gilbertson, Lands & Resources; Joan Wilkerson, Personnel Director; Joe Buck, Engineering Director.

  5. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
  6. 1. 03/16/98 - Regular Meeting No. 98-09

    MOTION - by Kibby, to approve the minutes of Regular Meeting No. 98-09, held March 16, 1998, and he asked unanimous consent. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

    SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS - None

  7. MANAGER’S REQUEST FOR AGENDA CHANGES
  8. Deputy Manager Pierce noted there were two Manager Action items, one a briefing from outside counsel on the Riverbend revetment litigation and the other was consideration of the PSEA collective bargaining status report. She stated both items would require the Assembly to go into Executive Session. There was no objection to moving this portion of the agenda to the end of the meeting.

  9. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS
  10. H. Everest Wilhelmsen, P.O. Box 2547, testified he has been doing research and has found out that the patents that the State issued in the transference of the rock dump to AJ Industries in 1967, and then the year after to the CBJ, are invalid. The patents were wrongfully issued to both entities. He encouraged the Assembly to check into it as currently the Sewage Plant is on State land and does not belong to CBJ, not the surface rights or any of it. He said it had to do with the fact that the transfer to the city was done by using a federal definition of tide submerge lands instead of the State definition and the law required that they use the State definition. There is a possibility that this will be taken to court and the CBJ will be asked to vacate the land because it is State land.

  11. CONSENT AGENDA

Members of the audience asked for the removal of A2 and E2. Ms. Muñoz asked for the removal of item D1 and item E1. Mr. Kibby asked for the removal of item C1. Mr. Garrett requested the removal of item B1.

MOTION - by Garrett, to adopt the Consent Agenda as amended by the removal of items A2, B1, C1, D1, E1 and E2, and he asked unanimous consent. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

A. Ordinances for Introduction

1. Ordinance No. 98-13

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MANAGER TO NEGOTIATE AND EXECUTE AN EXTENSION OF A LEASE OF APPROXIMATELY 0.36 ACRES WITHIN TRACT A, ALASKA TIDELANDS SURVEY NO. 556 TO GENERAL COMMUNICATION CORPORATION FOR A COMMUNICATION EARTH STATION LOCATED AT THE ROCK DUMP.

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

    1. Ordinance No. 97-17 (AV)
    2. AN ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING TO THE MANAGER THE SUM OF $203,438 FOR THE NORTH TERMINAL ACCESS REHABILITATION AND ACQUISITION OF SECURITY ACCESS CONTROL SYSTEM. SUCH FUNDS, $196,875, PROVIDED BY THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION AND $6,563, BY THE ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC FACILITIES.

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

    3. Ordinance No. 97-17 (AW)
    4. AN ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING TO THE MANAGER THE SUM OF $19,000 FOR GRANTS TO OFFSET WATER AND WASTEWATER CHANGES FOR THE AWARE SHELTER, THE GLORY HOLE, AND THE EMERGENCY HOUSING UNIT AT ST. VINCENT DE PAUL. SUCH FUNDS, $5,500, PROVIDED BY THE WATER FUND RETAINED EARNINGS AND $13,500 PROVIDED BY THE SEWER FUND RETAINED EARNINGS.

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

    5. Ordinance No. 97-17 (AX)
    6. AN ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING TO THE MANAGER THE SUM OF $3,900,000 FOR THE PURCHASE OF LAND LOCATED AT LENA POINT. SUCH FUNDS, $1,160,000, PROVIDED BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE SOUTHEAST ALAKSA ECONOMIC RELIEF FUNDS (SAEF), $170,000 FROM INTEREST EARNED ON THE SAEF FUNDS AND $2,570,000 FROM THE SALES TAX BUDGET RESERVE.

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

    7. Ordinance No. 98-17
    8. AN ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING MONEY OUT OF THE TREASURY FOR FY99 CITY AND BOROUGH OPERATIONS.

      Administrative Report: Attached. The Deputy Manager recommended that this ordnance be introduced and set for public hearing on April 29 and referred to the Assembly Finance Committee for review.

    9. Ordinance No. 98-18

AN ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING MONEY OUT OF THE TREASURY FOR FY99 SCHOOL DISTRICT OPERATIONS.

Administrative Report: Attached. The Deputy Manager recommended that this ordnance be introduced and set for public hearing on April 29 and referred to the Assembly Finance Committee for review.

B. Resolutions

    1. Resolution No. 1926
    2. A RESOLUTIN AUTHORIZING THE MANAGER TO NEGOTIATE AND ENTER INTO A LEASE OF 0.41 ACRES OF LAND TO THE BARTLETT REGIONAL HOSPITAL FOUNDATION FOR PATIENT FAMILY HOUSING.

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

    3. Resolution No. 1927

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MANAGER TO ACCEPT THE DONATION OF 14 ACRES OF LAND AT PEARL HARBOR FROM MS. CAROLINE JENSEN FOR USE AS AN ARBORETUM, AND THANKING MS. JENSEN FOR HER GENEROSITY.

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

C. Bid Awards

2. Bid No. 98-297: CBJ ROADWAY PAINTING FOR CBJ STREETS DIVISION.

Administrative Report: Attached. The Deputy Manager recommended award of this project to Alaska Striping and Painting, Inc. in the amount bid for a total award of $52,558.83.

  1. Liquor Licenses:
  2. Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity

A2. Ordinance No. 98-14

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE TRAFFIC CODE TO PROHIBIT OPERATION OF SKATEBOARDS IN MARINE PARK, AND AMENDING THE SCHEDULE OF FINES TO INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF THE PENALTY FOR VIOLATION OF ORDINANCES APPLICABLE TO SUCH DEVICES GENERALLY.

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

Public Testimony

Caroline Spaulding, testified that she thinks the ordinance is an over-reaction and that there are other ways to solve the problem She would like to see this ordinance not be introduced.

Mr. Powell asked Mr. Corso to make a distinction when ordinances are introduced and when they are up for public hearing. Mr. Corso stated the general idea is that the question before the body is whether or not the ordinance should be introduced and if so, when. It is possible to deal with the issue without getting into the substance of the ordinance. If it appears the body would be better served by a more detailed discussion, the rules could be suspended by six votes.

Mr. Powell withdrew his objection to introduction stating that it would be okay to hear more discussion about the substance of the ordinance.

Assembly Action

MOTION – by Garrett, to introduce ordinance 98-14 and set it for public hearing at the next regular Assembly meeting. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

B1. Resolution No. 1924

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MANAGER TO NEGOTIATE AND ENTER INTO A LEASE OF LAND TO THE ST. NICHOLAS ORTHODOX CHURCH.

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

Public Testimony: None

Assembly Action:

MOTION – by Garrett, to move resolution 1924.

Mr. Garrett asked if the Lands Committee spoke about just giving them the land. Mr. Kibby indicated no.

MOTION – by Garrett, requested the resolution be amended to allow the Manager to enter into a lease or outright disposition of this land to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church.

Ms. Pierce respectfully requested the resolution be sent back to committee as she was not sure what the implications might be for the Park itself. Mr. Garrett thought that if it has been used as a parking space and it is going to continue to be used as a parking space, the city should just give them the land and get out of the lease business. Ms. Pierce indicated that would require an ordinance. Mr. Kibby did not remember why city staff wanted to retain this property but said he would take it back to committee for review. He suggested that this resolution be moved on.

Ms. Muñoz stated she thought the church owned the park land. Ms. Pierce said the particular subject of the lease is city land.

Ms. Cynthia Johnson, Lands and Resources Officer, testified that this parcel was acquired by the city in the 1980’s from an adjacent private property owner for purposes of keeping it in its undeveloped state.

Ms. Muñoz clarified the understanding was to maintain the existing park and she stated it was a good deal that in exchange for park maintenance, the church was getting free parking.

Mr. Garrett withdrew his amendment because the Lands Committee agreed to look into the possibility of disposing of the property outright.

There being no objection to the motion to move resolution 1924, it was so ordered.

C1. Contract No. E98-282:

BEHRENDS AVENUE AND WILLOW DRIVE RECONSTRUCTION.

Administrative Report: Attached. The Deputy Manager recommended award of this project to Coogan Construction Company in the amount bid, for a total award of $774,497.00.

Mr. Kibby indicated a conflict of interest due to the fact that his employer, Cave Electric, may be a subcontractor for Coogan Construction. Mr. Corso verified that that has historically been a reason for permission to step down. Mr. Kibby stepped down.

Public Testimony: None

Assembly Action:

MOTION by Hagevig, to move contract E98-282 and she asked unanimous consent. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

Mr. Kibby returned to his seat.

D1. Frontier Suites Hotel; Hospitality Group LLC; Managing Member/Donald Madsen;

Member/Martin Madsen; Member/Esther Epperly; Member/Jo Ann Sidney; 9400 Glacier HWY; Mail: P.O. Box 32399, Juneau, 99803

Administrative Report: Attached. The Deputy Manager recommended the Assembly adopt the Human Resources Committee recommendation. The Human Resources Committee met today and agreed to waive its right to protest.

Public Testimony: None

Assembly Action:

MOTION – by Muñoz, to move the liquor license for Frontier Suites and she asked unanimous consent. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

E1. Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity:

ALASKA NATIVE TOURS, INC.

Administrative Report: Attached. The Deputy Manager recommended that Goldbelt, Inc, d/b/a Alaska Native Tours, Inc. be granted a For-Hire Vehicle Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity.

Ms. Muñoz indicated the owners of Island Waterways, a competing shuttle service, contacted her. They are concerned that the proposed certificate would be for an operation with the same color scheme.

Public Testimony

Eric Kueffner, 302 Gold Street, representing Alaska Native Tours (ANT), testified that ANT is a wholly owned subsidiary of Goldbelt. He urged the Assembly to approve the certificate and stated that the color scheme that ANT is using is the same one they have been using for the last three years, which is actually different from Island Waterways.

Mr. Garrett clarified that ANT has been operating for the last three years under a existing Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. Mr. Kueffner indicated yes, they have had an annual permit as long as it has been required. There has not been a change in ownership, the company is the same. The owner of the company has changed and the shares have transferred. He feels the ordinance is unclear as to who owns the permit in regards to corporations. It is hard to figure out what a corporation should do if it has a certificate.

Mr. Garrett clarified they are planning to use the same color they have been using.

Ms. Muñoz asked if the previous operation was a different service, a tour operation versus a shuttle operation. Mr. Kueffner indicated they did do shuttle service as well. He was unclear as to what the previous people did and there may be some expansion with this current application. Ms. Muñoz said her understanding is they are a new shuttle service. Ms. Kueffner indicated yes, they are going to provide shuttle service and he knew that ANT did not previously provide a shuttle service between the airport and the Goldbelt Juneau Hotel because the Goldbelt Juneau Hotel did not exist. Ms. Muñoz asked if they would include other hotels. Mr. Kueffner had no knowledge that they would. Ms. Muñoz indicated the concern was that Island Waterways shuttles from hotels to the airport. They drop off at the Baranof Hotel and they are concerned that the competitor, with the same color scheme and operation, will pull up in front of the hotel.

Assembly Action:

MOTION – by Garrett, to approve the amended application for Public Convenience and Necessity to Alaska Native Tours and that the clerk convey to them the concerns raised by Ms. Muñoz and that they should be distinctively different enough that the problems raised will not occur. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

E2. ERLINDA’S GIFT SHOPPE

Administrative Report: The Deputy Manager recommended that Erlinda A. & Jose S. Ferrer, d/b/a/ Erlinda’s Gift Shoppe, be granted a For-Hire Vehicle Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity to operate as provided on the application.

Ms. Miller indicated that she had received a call from Mr. Ferrer indicating that he was not well. She was not sure if he was in the audience but she had impressed on him the importance of his presence to address concerns that have been raised.

Public Testimony:

Shane Williams, Juneau Independent Drivers Association Board Chairperson, P.O. Box 211245, Auke Bay. Mr. Williams testified that the Assoc. feels this permit, and the way it is listed, is nothing more than a cab in a sheep’s disguise. There is no scheduling listed, the fare does not show a embarkation point or terms schedule. He read a portion of the ordinance, under 20.40.052 (3), with regards to a van endorsement. The file for Goldbelt clearly shows that they are making an outward effort to operate as such. They have posted a fee schedule. The season shuttle that Erlinda’s is applying for is similar to two others that continually infringe and go outside of the ordinance. They operate basically as a cab but on a limited hour basis with no meter or top light. The cab/taxi industry considers this an extreme infringement if it continues to be allowed.

Ms. Muñoz commented that that is one of the central concerns of the re-write on the commercial passenger vehicle code that is being undertaken in committee. Mr. Williams said the HRC’s work in this area is focusing into that but further issuance of permits in this area, the way it is listed, is tough for them to address.

Mr. Perkins said looking at the application, it says the color scheme is burgundy. He noted the dark red colors of Island Waterways could be cause for concern.

Ms. Hagevig asked Mr. Williams how many shuttle services there are operating in town. Mr. Williams said there are five addressed shuttles. Ms. Hagevig asked if they were all red or burgundy red. Mr. Williams indicated no, but they are all Ford Econoline vans, and all the burgundy shades look very similar to Taku Taxi. Ms. Hagevig asked that if the certificate is approved tonight, would this become another grandfathered company since the HRC does not plan to be done until fall with their re-write work.

Mr. Powell suggested that the Assembly go against the recommendation of staff because the taxi industry, which operates 12 months of the year, must be considered for fairness. He noted that this should be considered in the HRC along with the policy and other issues that are being considered for the For-Hire vehicles.

Ms. Muñoz questioned if that would be dealing equally with Alaska Native Tours, as it is a very similar application. Mr. Powell said his suggestion was only for no. 2, Erlnda’s Gift Shoppe. Mr. Muñoz stated that ANT would be the same company with a different owner, but they will begin a new operation as a shuttle vehicle. Mr. Powell thought the only difference for ANT is a different owner, the business has been in operation. Ms. Muñoz reiterated they have been operating, but not as a shuttle service.

Ms. Muñoz recommended that at this point, the color scheme be identified as the central issue and she recommended that the applications be passed as long as the color schemes were different. She also recommended that the shuttle service publish their routes and fares with the clerk’s office.

Mayor Egan asked Mr. Corso if the Assembly could approve this, stating that it could be disapproved pending the outcome of the HRC recommendations. Mr. Corso suggested that if the Assembly proposes to limit the permit, it be limited to some specified period of time. Mayor Egan thought that was the intent of the HRC. Mr. Corso indicated the ordinance does not provide for rejection of an application on the grounds that there are too many other operations in town. The issue has been raised whether or not the application has sufficient detail in it to determine whether or not the service is a van providing limited hour chartered service, scheduled service or both. The Assembly could find that the existing application does not provide sufficient detail to make that determination or it could find that the application does have sufficient detail, but for whatever reason, the Assembly proposes to limit the permit to a specific period of time so that the general issue of for-hire vehicles can be taken up without worrying about a vested right.

Mr. Powell responded that the issue is serving the public interest, which is keeping commercial/public taxis year round, and having seasonal vans erodes that and jeopardizes the industry itself. The color, to him, is not a big issue but what is at issue is the fairness. He is uncomfortable approving this at this time.

Mr. Koelsch asked that if this is not introduced, the applicant would have an opportunity to bring it back. Mayor Egan stated that if it is not introduced, it can be reintroduced. Mr. Koelsch suggested making comments and not introduce the certificates.

Ms. Muñoz did not think that one business was eroding another business necessarily, but that they need to make sure that a shuttle operation is indeed a shuttle operation and not a taxi service.

Assembly Action

MOTION – by MacKinnon, to defer action on the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, pending a complete application including schedule and route.

Ms. Hagevig said she is hesitant that both applications are being dealt with significantly differently. She agrees with Ms. Muñoz that some of these issues could be dealt with in committee. Mr. MacKinnon clarified that his intent with the motion was to defer action on the certificate and that the clerk contact the applicant for a complete application.

Ms. Muñoz asked about the issue of color. Mr. MacKinnon said if color is a problem because of the code, then the Assembly has the right to turn it down and the applicant should be made aware of that.

There being no objection to the motion to defer, it was so ordered.

Ms. Hagevig commended Mr. Williams and his board of directors for working very cooperatively and extensively with the Tourism Advisory Committee in a way that the committee had never had a opportunity to work with cab companies before. She felt their presence was very well received and the TAC appreciated their cooperative and constructive comments.

Mayor Egan added that the Assembly has received positive comments from people throughout the community that are appreciative that the Association is working with the TAC. Ms. Hagevig asked if Mr. Williams has received the letter from Sheila Dodd, the Director of Tourism and Economic Development for the City of Whitehorse, who had a very unfortunate experience. He will be provided with a copy of that letter.

  1. ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING

1. Ordinance No. 98-15

AN ORDINANCE OF THE ASSEMBLY OF THE CITY AND BOROUGH OF JUNEAU, ALASKA, PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE AND SALE OF GENERAL OBLIGATION TECHNOLOGY BONDS OF THE CITY AND BOROUGH IN THE AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF $3,383,000 FOR THE PURPOSE OF FINANCING CERTAIN SCHOOL TECHNOLOGY CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PURSUANT TO AN ELECTION AUTHORIZING THE SAME; PROVIDING THE DATE, FORM, TERMS AND MATURITIES OF THE BONDS TO BE ISSUED AND FOR THE UNLIMITED TAX LEVIES TO PAY THE PRINCIPAL THEREOF AND INTEREST THEREON; APPOINTING A REGISTRAR AND PAYING AGENT FOR SUCH BONDS; AUTHORIZING A PRELIMINARY OFFICIAL STATEMENT; UNDERTAKING TO PROVIDE ONGOING DISCLOSURE AND APPROVING THE SALE OF SUCH BONDS.

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

Public Participation: None

Assembly Action:

MOTION – by Hagevig, to adopt ordinance 98-15, and she asked unanimous consent. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

    1. Ordinance No. 97-17 (AT)
    2. AN ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING TO THE MANAGER THE SUM OF $140,000 AS PARTIAL FUNDING FOR THE TRAFALGAR STREET SEWER EXPANSION PROJECT. SUCH FUNDS PROVIDED BY THE SEWER EXTENSION FUND UNRESERVED FUND BALANCE.

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

      Public Participation: None

      Assembly Action:

      MOTION – by Garrett, to adopt ordinance 97-17 (AT) and he asked unanimous consent. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

    3. Ordinance No. 97-17 (AU)

AN ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING TO THE MANAGER THE SUM OF $67,318 AS PARTIAL FUNDING FOR THE JUNEAU TRANSPORATION ASSESSMENT REPORT. SUCH FUNDS PROVIDED BY THE ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC FACILITIES.

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

Public Participation: None

Assembly Action:

MOTION – by Garrett, to adopt ordinance 97-17 (AU), and he asked unanimous consent. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

  1. UNFINISHED BUSINESS - None
  2. NEW BUSINESS

    1. Howard Hayes’ appeal of Planning Commission Approval of Application for Allowable Use Permit (USE98-00006).

Mr. Kibby was excused from discussion of this appeal.

Administrative Report: Mr. Corso reviewed the staff report. He indicated he spoke with Mr. Hayes and his lawyer prior to this meeting and Mr. Hayes pronounced himself unfamiliar with the agreement to proceed directly to the superior court. Mr. Corso suggested that he may benefit from the opportunity to discuss it with his lawyer. Mr. Corso further suggested that the Assembly continue the matter until its next meeting.

Assembly Action

MOTION – by MacKinnon, to continue any action on the Howard Hayes appeal to the Planning Commission until the next regular meeting. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

  1. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS

    1. Manager’s Report - Action Items

Deputy Manager Pierce restated that the two action items were for executive session. It was agreed to hold these topics until the end of the meeting.

B. Manager’s Report - Information Items

    1. Areawide Transportation Plan
    2. Mr. Joe Buck, Engineering Director, came forward to provide an update on the plan. There are currently five members on the Steering Committee and they have met twice. They have been working on the scope of the Transportation Assessment Report and hope to have an RFP ready for the street within two weeks. The report must be completed by the end of September of this year and will be looking at identifying the current system status based on existing studies; identifying deficiency in transportation data and what additional information will be needed; and will also be tying in closely with DOT’s stiff planning elements.

      Mr. Powell asked about the last sentence in the Manager’s Report, which states "This planning effort is expected to involve conceptual designs for a parking facility or facilities". He asked if there were other expectations and why already, not having done the study, is the expectation to build a parking lot. He wants to make sure that all other options are being looked at and he asked if this was based on another study or expectation.

      Mr. Buck stated the downtown parking issue is being looked at in two different ways. There is an immediate need for parking in the downtown area. The RFP that is on the street is looking at dealing with that immediate need. There is also the long-range consideration that ties into the areawide transportation study. There are issues of other modes of transportation.

      Mr. Powell complemented the start of the areawide plan idea and the work with DOT. He is glad it is a balanced approach.

    3. Deadlines for the October 6 Municipal Election

Ms. Miller announced that the regular municipal election would be Tuesday, October 6. She stated there was a memo in the packet outlining other deadlines.

C. Attorney’s Report - None

R E C E S S

8:00 p.m. – 8:10 p.m.

  1. MAYOR’S REPORT ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS

    1. Revised Pending Items
    2. Unappropriated General Fund Unreserved Fund Balance
    3. Assembly Contingency Fund Balance

  1. COMMITTEE REPORTS ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS
  2. A. Committee Reports

    1. Committee of the Whole

    Mr. MacKinnon announced there would not be a meeting next Monday.

    2. Finance Committee

    Mr. Perkins announced there would be a meeting on Wednesday the 22nd, at 5 p.m., to discuss the school district budget; FY99 increments for Engineering, Parks and Rec., including Centennial Hall, and the Law Dept.; and the compensation committee’s recommendation on Attorney and Manager cash out leave policy.

    3. Committee on Committees

    Mr. Powell had the following appointments for confirmation:

    MOTION – by Powell, to confirm the appointment of Betsy Longenbaugh to the Advisory Committee on Housing. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

    MOTION – by Powell, to confirm the appointments of Jeff Armstead, Ron Gillette and Stephanie Gillette to the Citizens’ Advisory Committee on Waste Management. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

    MOTION – by Powell, to confirm the appointment of Freda L. Rogers to the Health Care Coordinating Council. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

    MOTION – by Powell, to confirm the appointments of Annie Calkins, School District; Ian Fisk, Public; and Mo Hicks, World Affairs Council, to the International Relations Advisory Committee. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

    4. Human Resources Committee

    Ms. Muñoz announced there would be a meeting on the Commercial Passenger Code re-write on May 18th. They will be looking at an enabling ordinance to deal with issues of safety and the many other issues involved. Their intention is to have an ordinance before the Assembly and for staff to begin working on the regulations for public comment.

    5. Lands & Resources Committee

    Mr. Kibby said the meeting of Wednesday the 8th was rescheduled to be combined with the meeting on the 29th. He reported the Household Hazardous Waste RFP bid was opened on the 10th and the selection process started today. On the West Juneau neighborhood park, staff is working with the Catholic Church, the lot looks favorable and the PRAC has approved it. The committee will continue to look at options of acquisition. Regarding the sale of the 14 lots in the Thunder Mountain area, agreements need to be drawn up and staff should be getting in touch with Tlingit and Hiada for an update, as he has received requests from the High School for a lot to build a house on, and Habitat for Humanity. Regarding the rock dump campground, a proposal will be reviewed again at the meeting on the 29th. The department is still reviewing the 270 acres municipal land selection. Regarding the Mental Health Land Trade, a deed has been conveyed to the National Guard. Staff will be getting with Mental Health this week for the selection of property from the CBJ’s pool. Mr. Kibby said on the 29th they will also be reviewing a timeline for the recreational planning. They are conceptually looking at defining all the recreational projects most desired by the community, using existing information in-house, by April 30. He has been working with the Harbor Dept. and Parks and Rec. By May 30th the packet will go to the rest of the committees or groups involved. By June 20th, the funding plan will go to the different community groups for their thoughts and consideration. The packet should be back before the Assembly by June 30th.

    6. Public Works & Facilities Committee

    Mr. Garrett said it will be a busy construction year. They have asked Mr. Buck to have project signs for the different municipally funded projects which will state the term of the project, start and end dates, who is working on it, how much it costs, the funding source and contact information. Work will be proceeding rapidly on the Linnellen Heights LID.

    Ms. Hagevig added that the Public Safety Building Oversite Committee will be meeting at 5 p.m. on the 21st in the meeting room at the downtown library to get an update on the contracts or bids that will be let for site preparation and also to hear a report of the two day activities that were just completed today with respect to the 50% review.

    7. Strategic Policy Committee

    Ms. Hagevig had nothing to report.

    B. Board Liaison Reports

    Mayor Egan announced there would be no Alaska Committee Meeting on Wednesday.

  3. ASSEMBLY COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS
  4. Mr. Koelsch reported that on the 21st, the Assembly representatives on the High School project would be meeting at noon, and on Monday, April 27th at 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall, there would be the second community dialog on the High School.

    Mr. Perkins commented that he received a call today on the work that is being done on the expressway at Main Street. The concern was about the traffic flow funneling into one lane. He asked if there was any possibility of a flashing light by the sub-port with signage notifying that it is a merging lane. Mr. Perkins asked about the delegation meeting and Mayor Egan reported the meeting would be on the Wednesday the 29th.

    Ms. Hagevig stated she had received several inquires about the Public Works Dept. filling the usual number of potholes this spring. Ms. Pierce did not have the schedule with her but said there is a systematic effort every year for striping and potholes. She will provide specific information to the Assembly.

    Mr. Powell stated at a delegation meeting several weeks ago, the City Manager was asked the status of the $100,000 given to Ketchikan for the Regional Transportation Study. Mr. Powell would like a report on that money. There was a proposal by two members of the delegation to give Ketchikan another $25,000.

    Mayor Egan said the $100,000 to the Ketchikan Gateway Borough was for the socioeconomic study, not only of Ketchikan, but of the entire region. The Southeast Mayors met, including Mayor Shay from the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, and concern was expressed from Wrangell and Sitka that Ketchikan had not implemented the study. Mayor Shay will be talking with his Assembly and corresponding back to Juneau with an update. One of the suggestions from certain Assemblymembers of the Gateway Borough was to change the focus of the $100,000. Mayor Egan explained to him that this Assembly was adamant about the scope of the study, the ordinance was very specific on how those monies could be spent, and other communities in Southeast Alaska, including this community, are looking forward to the results of that study.

    Mayor Egan agreed with Mr. Perkins that it was an excellent construction project out in front of the City Building but the other day he was walking with the Mayor of Angoon who got splashed by a dip that is collecting water.

    The entire Assembly is invited to Marine Park at 8:30 a.m. on the 21st for SAGA’s Annual Youth Orientation Day. It is only expected to last for 15 minutes.

    Mayor Egan continued there was an item in the red folder relating to the Salmon Treaty Coalition, which was discussed by the Southeast Mayors. It is a request from the Pacific Salmon Treaty Coalition for funding to get the word out about what is happening to the Southeast Alaska Fishery. Sitka, Ketchikan and Wrangell have committed $20,000, and Petersburg has committed $25,000. The Canadians have gotten very nasty about what the Alaskans are doing to desolate the Canadians Fishery.

    Mayor Egan added that Debra Lyons, who is a very articulate individual, originally from Petersburg and now living in Sitka and who is the co-chair of the Pacific Salmon Treaty Coalition, presented this in a very easy to understand way. He felt it would be well worth while to schedule this request at a Finance Committee meeting or COW and to get Ms. Lyons to explain the issue.

    Mr. MacKinnon asked the time frame. Ms. Pierce said that if it is the Assembly’s intent to use better capital monies, there is no need for an appropriation ordinance, just a motion. Mr. Perkins suggested a lunch Finance Committee. Mayor Egan suggested inviting members of the public. Staff will check the calendar and plan a lunch meeting for the first part of next week.

    Mayor Egan received a request from the City and Borough of Sitka which is a resolution supporting the City and Borough of Sitka as a location for a forest products development center. It is nothing that would go against Juneau or what Juneau is trying to do for the region. The Forest Service and Secretary Glickman have spoken favorably to this. Mr. Powell asked if there was competition for the center with Ketchikan. Mayor Egan did not know, but knew that the City of Wrangell has passed a resolution in support of this. Ms. Hagevig asked if there was any one present at the meeting from Prince of Wales Island. Mayor Egan said this is for the research lab and would have nothing to do with value added, other than trying to develop value-added products. Currently the lab is in Madison, WI and they are trying to separate the lab and move it where the timber is.

    Assembly Action

    MOTION – by Garrett, to have a resolution prepared along these lines, for action at the next regular Assembly meeting. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

    Mayor Egan commented that he has the first final draft of the Southeast Alaska Transportation Study, which was presented to the Southeast Mayors. The plan is 170 pages long and he asked which Assemblymembers would like a copy. DOT will be contacted to make copies.

    Mayor Egan reported discussions at the Southeast Mayor Conference included the Transportation plan, the Malaspina Ferry, Education funding, the Pacific Salmon Treaty, and they received a presentation from Tom Garrett, Director of Tourism and fellow Assemblymember. Mr. Garrett presented their new commercial, which is geared to the independent traveler.

    MOTION – by Garrett, to recess into Executive Session to discuss two items, a report on the Riverbend Elementary revetment litigation and also negotiating strategy with the Public Safety Association, immediate knowledge of which would have detrimental impact on the CBJ's finances. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

    E X E C U T I V E S E S S I O N

    8:45 p.m. – 9:55 p.m.

    Mr. Garrett reported in the executive session, in regards to the Riverbend Elementary revetment litigation, the Assembly recommended the attorney proceed with litigation. In regards to the Public Safety Association, the Assembly recommended the City Manager and Personell Director proceed with negotiations as discussed during the Executive Session.

  5. CONTINUATION OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS - None
  6. ADJOURNMENT - There being no further business to come before the Assembly, and no objection, the meeting adjourned at 9:58 p.m.

 

Signed: ________________________________

Mayor Egan

 

Countersigned: ________________________________

Marian Miller, Clerk