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THE CITY AND BOROUGH OF JUNEAU, ALASKA

MAY 17, 1999

MEETING NO. 99-16: 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 by Mayor Dennis Egan.

 

     

  1. FLAG SALUTE was led by Mayor Egan.
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  3. ROLL CALL
  4. Assembly Present: Kibby, MacKinnon, Powell, Egan, Hagevig, Muñoz and Koelsch

    Assembly Absent: Garrett and Perkins

     

    A quorum was present.

     

    Staff Present: Marian Miller, Municipal Clerk; Dave Palmer, City Manager; John Corso, City Attorney; Mike Doyle, Fire Chief; Craig Duncan, Finance Director; Joe Buck, Engineering Director; Cheryl Easterwood, CDD Director; Kim Keifer, Parks and Rec. Director; Dave Miller, Airport Manager; Dave Boddy, Fire Training Captain; Robert Valliant, Hospital Administrator

     

     

  5. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

       

    1. 03-29-99 - Special Meeting No. 99-10
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    3. 04-05-99 – Special Meeting No. 99-11

 

MOTION - by Kibby, to approve the minutes of Special Meeting No. 99-10, held March 29, 1999, and he asked unanimous consent. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

 

MOTION - by Kibby, to approve the minutes of Special Meeting No. 99-11, held April 5, 1999, and he asked unanimous consent. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

 

Mr. Powell noted that the Wetland Review Board had not been informed about the outcome of the appeal so he asked staff to contact the chairman of the Board to let him know what happened.

 

SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS - None

 

     

  1. MANAGER’S REQUEST FOR AGENDA CHANGES
  2. Mr. Palmer noted that item B2, Resolution 1990 on the Consent Agenda would be removed until the meeting of June 7th. Mr. Corso requested that item C-1 under the Attorney’s Report be delayed until a future date.

     

     

  3. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS
  4. Myra Howe, representing the Mt. Roberts Stewardship Program, presented an update to let everyone know they were successful in getting a TRAC Grant in the amount of almost $5,000. It would require a match and the CBJ would be giving at least $1,000. Goldbelt, Mt. Roberts Tramway promised $2,000 and in fact gave $10,000 and then they had approximately $3,000 of their own money that they acquired from sales of the maps up at the nature center last season. They were in good shape as far as their project for signage and brochures. She said last Thursday they reviewed the draft Trail Plan and she would be putting an article in the paper to explain their priorities for the season on the Mountain, inviting public comment to make sure people that were not able to attend would have an opportunity for public comment. Their major proposed plan for the summer included a re-route of the switchback below the cross to get the traffic out of that area. Right now it is under snow, but last season there were a lot of short cuts made into that section and a number of people fell. They also have in mind additional observation platforms and a trail design to possibly loop around the cross area in an effort to herd traffic around that area instead of having them ambling around, trampling more plants up there. The whole focus was to not have a real improved trail above the cross, but to keep it in a primitive state but to afford as many panoramic views at lower levels and encouraging hikers to stay on the trails. They hope by having more attractive overlooks and things at a lower level, that people would not be as tempted to go up higher.

     

    Alice Rarig, 4425 Taku Blvd., also representing the Mr. Roberts Stewardship Program, a committee of Trail Mix. She said the effort in the past two years had been increasingly a collaborative effort in the grant project. They have been working with the state, the city, the Parks and Rec. Dept., Gastineau Guiding, the Trail Mix Board, and the Discovery Foundation has been participating with two of their staff designing interpretive signs. Because of the heavy snow, they were making every effort to keep activity near the buildings to prevent damage in the muddy areas as it begins to open up. There would be 12 interpretive signs between the Tram Building to just above the cross. The higher elevation ones would be very low profile and near the building and the signs would be placed on the railings. They would have brochures that will capture the information on the signs. There are also, in the works, directional signs that should improve the ability of hikers from down below to know where they are and how far they have to go to get to various destinations. Part of the TRAC Grant was to develop "Tread Safely, Tread Lightly" brochures for both people coming to Juneau on Cruise Ships and as independent travelers. They would be available, free, in as many locations and languages as possible.

     

    Mr. Powell thanked them for all their work and asked what was the biggest issue for the trail. Ms. Rarig said keeping traffic on the trail. The immediate need for the trail would be to move the switchbacks from where they were put by default when no one was really assuming responsibility for the trail. She felt all the interested parties were eager to move the route from the loop trail to the cross over to the ridgeline, having one large switchback there.

     

    Ms. Hagevig was glad the brochure would be done in multiple languages. She felt it was also important to find a way to distribute the brochures to local people in the community as well. She suggested taking them to the High School, to the science and social study teachers encouraging them to take some time in the classroom and present them as good local material. She felt it was protecting an ecosystem that everyone values.

     

    Ms. Muñoz asked if the money and volunteer efforts that were provided through Trail Mix was enough to maintain the Mt. Roberts Trail. Ms. Howe said not by any means and she felt it was very important that the collaboration was really emerging because the confidence of all the stakeholders had increased. The Tram was planning to fulfill its commitment to the trail maintenance effort. They had been hoping for more of a contribution from the State for the maintenance of the lower part of the trail. The city needs to appreciate that the contribution to Trail Mix to support an executive director is not paying for trail work. They need to obtain resources for trail projects as they come along as there will be expenses such as helicoptering in supplies and insuring that the signs and the observation decks are removable in winter.

     

    Dennis Harris, Vice President of the Juneau Free-Wheelers, invited everyone to ride their bike to work tomorrow. He thanked the Mayor for the proclamation that May 18 was Bike to Work Day in Juneau. Every year thousands of Americans save gas, lose weight and help the air pollution problem and the parking problem by riding their bikes to work. Everyone could meet at the Court House in the morning for a continental breakfast. He thanked Parks and Rec. for donating free showers for anyone that shows up at either the Pool or the Zach Gordon Youth Center with their helmet. He presented each of the Assemblymembers with a "I biked to work today" button. Next he asked when the racks would be on the rest of the buses. Mr. Palmer said that Capital Transit was not able to get a grant for them so they used operational money to order them. He was not aware of when they would be arriving.

     

    Joyce Levine, P.O. Box 21705, Juneau, 99802, again addressed the issue of half-hour service on Capital Transit. She said she had not been contacted by Capital Transit, or anyone from the city, regarding developments that were happening. She had been informed by one of the drivers that there was a possibility that, because of the budget cuts that are happening in the State Legislature, the whole idea of half hour service may not happen. She wanted to know what was happening and what, in the worse case scenario, the city was planning to do for half-hour service. She said she went to the Capital on Friday and was told that elderly people and disabled people could use Care-a-van. The problem with that is they have to make their reservations 24 hours ahead of time; they have to know when they are leaving and when they are coming back. She encourages the independence of elderly people and people who are disabled to get on the bus whenever they feel like it. They should not have to think 24 hours in advance about when they want to come and go. She wanted Capital Transit to show her which grants, in the past 15 years, they have applied for from the State and the Federal Government toward implementing the half hour service that the city has talked about for the past 16 years. Many people were against previous discussions about the head tax for tourists. The problem with the over crowding on buses is not because of the residents in Juneau but because of the tourists. The tourists that are coming in, 5-6,000 per ship, are the people that are having the impacts on these buses. She noted that when she goes to foreign cities she gets on buses, just to see what it would be like and to see how people there live. She knows many of the tourists that come into Juneau do that also. If the problem of overcrowding is because of the tourists and the crews, then part of the responsibility, if the state is going to cut the budget, should fall on their shoulders. To say we don’t want to tax the tourists because they bring their money into Juneau is not fair to the residents who live here. It is not fair to the elderly or disabled. She was lucky because she could get on a bike and ride all summer, but the elderly and disabled could not.

     

    Mr. Palmer said the proposal for half hour service had been presented to the Finance Committee. If the state cuts the revenues, it would be hard to increase service in one area without taking substantial hits in other areas. When he testified "on the hill" about the impacts of the complete elimination of municipal assistance and revenue sharing, he used Capital Transit as one of the examples of the scope of the cut they were talking about. The cut that was being proposed then would have eliminated all Capital Transit service entirely. He is hearing now only a 50-60% cut which is half of Capital Transit’s budget. Some people want to have cuts in services if the state cuts the funding and others want to have more service. The cost to increase Capital Transit service to half-hour service was before the Finance Committee. Through committee work they did with employees of Capital Transit, they came up with a proposal that would raise about $60,000 by increasing fees to some of the passes that are now given out for free. He has been holding off on introducing that to the Human Resources Committee until the budget goes through.

     

    Mayor Egan noted that tonight, the Conference Committee cut $16M of the $48M State Shared Revenue. Juneau factors different because of a number of scenarios, but Juneau has been cut at least 1/3. He hated to say it but he did not see any new programs, just cuts. There were 46 states in the Nation that provide Municipal Assistance and State Shared Revenue. Out of those 46 states, Alaska was now almost at the bottom. Unless the community wants to cut out something else and give it to Capital Transit, he said he did not see how anything could be done.

     

    Ms. Levine felt it was "none so blind as those who will not see". She said tourism was a major resource that was growing in this state. She felt the tourists could be charged money, because they are taking our buses and restricting our residents. Mayor Egan said this community is one of the few in the state that charges tourism, and he referred to the .23 cents a net registered ton. Ms. Levine suggested they could go someplace else but she did not think they would, they would still come to Juneau.

     

    Mr. Powell said all the Assemblymembers had tried to fight for more funds through its membership in the Alaska Municipal League. As far as tourism, the tonnage fee has increased from .21 cents to .23 cents and that was the first time in the four years he had been on the Assembly. He said they would have to look hard at all the programs because the money was decreasing. There was a lot of support for improving mass-transit but they need to look at all the programs and put it into context. By the end of the week they should know what the funding would be like, and he suspected it would not look good.

     

    Ms. Hagevig asked Mr. Palmer if it would be possible to give Ms. Levine a copy of any grant proposals that may have been submitted to the State or Federal Government, so that she could see what kind of work had been done in the past with respect to looking for additional funds. Mr. Palmer said they could sit with Mr. Kerns and figure that out. Mr. Kibby asked him to report back by the next meeting.

     

    Ms. Levine was amazed that if the city could not find the funding, they would turn people away at the buses even though an out could be a head tax. She suggested having people vote on the matter and she felt that people would agree. Mayor Egan noted that federal funds were involved and the tourists were citizens of the US, they were here in this community and they were paying $1.25 to ride that bus. The city makes a lot of revenue off those folks from out of town, which helps her and everyone else that rides Capital Transit to keep the fares down. Tourists benefit this community. Ms. Levine felt there should be little red carpets on all the buses then.

     

    Ms. Hagevig referred to Ms. Levine’s testimony in which she described herself as doing exactly the same thing that tourists who come to Juneau do. When she goes to other cities, she gets on the bus and looks to see what their community is like. Ms. Levine said that may be true but she does not go to cities with 6,000 people traveling with her on one big ship. Ms. Hagevig said she did not know how many people may be visiting that community in a given day.

     

    Mayor Egan said the entire Assembly appreciated the work that Ms. Levine has been doing for Capital Transit and he said if there was anyway to get half hour bus service, they would do it. Ms. Levine invited all the Assemblymembers to give up their cars for the summer and take the bus.

     

    Jeannette McLeod, bus rider. She testified that a single mother had to wait over two hours for a bus because they were crowded and she lost her babysitter. Another time, there was some 80 people packed into the bus that should only accommodate 40. It was extremely crowded and most people had to get off the bus and back on again whenever a passenger wanted off. She thought it would be nice if the Assembly would be able to ride the bus during peak hours. It is packed not only during the tourist season, but also during the winter season. She said if you get in at the Ferry Terminal or at the very end, you get a seat, otherwise you do not. A lot of riders do volunteer work and this was the only transportation that they have to get out the road. As more and more things are moving out the road, there needs to be transportation to get there.

     

    Ms. Muñoz requested an informational discussion on the issue of head tax, either before the Finance Committee or the Committee of the Whole. Mr. Palmer would discuss it with Mr. Perkins to see about getting it on the agenda for the Finance Committee.

     

     

     

  5. CONSENT AGENDA

A member of the audience asked for the removal of item A1, Ordinance 99-22. Mayor Egan removed item A2, Ordinance 99-23. Ms. Muñoz asked for the removal of item E1. Mr. Palmer had previously removed item B2, Resolution No. 1990, from the agenda entirely.

 

MOTION – by Kibby, to adopt the Consent Agenda as amended with the removal of item A1, A2, B2 and E1, and he asked unanimous consent. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

 

A. Ordinances for Introduction

3. Ordinance No. 98-17 (am)

AN ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING TO THE MANAGER THE SUM OF $19,300 FOR THE PURCHASE OF HIGHLY REFINED FUEL SPECIALLY FORMULATED TO REDUCE SMOKE GENERATED AT FIREFIGHTER TRAINING FACILITIES. SUCH FUNDS PROVIDED BY THE AREAWIDE FIRE TRAINING CENTER UNRESERVED FUND BALANCE.

 

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

 

B. Resolutions

1. Resolution No. 1989

A RESOLUTION DISESTABLISHING THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ADVISORY GROUP AND ESTABLISHING AN EMERGENCY PLANNING COMMITTEE AUTHORIZED TO MEET AS A LOCAL EMERGENCY PLANNING COMMITTEE AND REPEALING RESOLUTION 1443 AND 1830.

 

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

 

3. Resolution No. 1991

A RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO ENDORSE NAMING THE OFFICE CONSOLIDATION FACILITY OF THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION AND THE NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE IN HONOR OF SENATOR TED STEVENS.

 

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

 

C. Transfer Requests

       

    1. Transfer No. T-664: TRANSFERS $60,000 FROM ST. ANN’S AVENUE RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT (CIP R412-61) TO SHATTUCK WAY RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT (CIP R412-62).
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      Administrative Report: Attached. The Manager recommended that this transfer be approved.

       

       

    3. Transfer No. T-665: TRANSFERS $150,000 FROM THE MAYFLOWER ISLAND CAUSEWAY UPGRADE PROJECT (CIP H354-70) TO DOUGLAS HARBOR UPLANDS AND MOORAGE EXPANSION PROJECT (CIP H354-68), AND $60,000 FROM THE ADAIR KENNEDY PARK IMPROVEMENT PROJECT (CIP P396-18) TO THE SAVIKKO PARK FIELD RESURFACING PROJECT FOR A TOTAL TRANSFER OF $210,000.

 

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

 

       

    1. Bid Award

       

    1. Contract No. E-99-184: BARTLETT REGIONAL HOSPITAL SURGERY EXPANSION.

 

Administrative Report: Attached. The Manager recommended award, with the concurrence of the BRH Board, to Coogan Construction Company in the amount bid, for a total award of $3,298,000.

 

       

    1. Liquor Licenses

 

A1. Ordinance No. 99-22

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 49, THE PLANNING AND ZONING CODE, TO DISESTABLISH THE DESIGN REVIEW BOARD AND ELIMINATE THE DESIGN REVIEW PROCESS.

 

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

 

Public Testimony:

Tony Yorba, 9340 North Douglas Highway, testified that the action was premature and that the proper procedure would have been to consider discussions with the Design Review Board (DRB) and the Planning Commission, who were not consulted at all on the motion right now. Granted there had been a number of conversations in the past on this topic and there had been a lot of work done. The Assembly and the Planning Commission have seen that work and he said if there were additional concerns, it would have been wise to consider those issues with the board and the Planning Commission to get input prior to this action.

 

Mr. Powell was concerned about the introduction and he said he contacted a couple local builders and they had nothing good to say. He said he was concerned that in the past the Assembly had asked staff and the DRB to come forth with suggestions on improving the process so it was not cumbersome and there would be value added. Right now the community is not getting that. He asked the Manager what had happened to those recommendations. Ms. Easterwood indicated they had responded. Mr. Yorba said they had a number of meetings and work sessions including a retreat with the Planning Commission and the Assembly. They had a number of potential revisions to the DRB regulations, mostly deletions. His understanding was that they were there for action to be taken on the part of the Assembly and what happened at that time he was not sure. Mr. Powell asked if the Assembly had deliberated on the suggestions from the DRB and had they done as much as they could to improve this process before throwing it out.

 

Ms. Hagevig said there was nothing to preclude the DRB and the Planning Commission from being prepared to come forward at the next meeting with any arguments that they may still have with respect to the specific ordinance.

 

Mr. Yorba said that neither the DRB or the Planning Commission were consulted and that prior to scheduling this for action at this level, he felt it would be reasonable to get their input. Mayor Egan felt this had been discussed since 1996 and even prior to that. Ms. Hagevig agreed that it was being discussed when she was on the Planning Commission. If this was scheduled, she felt it was very appropriate for the Assembly to receive both written and oral presentations from the DRB and the Planning Commission at the meeting. Mr. Yorba said that a more informal session for the type of give and take that would be necessary would be better served in a Committee of the Whole type environment. Ms. Hagevig asked if he had been informed that there was a COW meeting on this about a month and a half ago and Mr. Yorba said absolutely not, nor was the Planning Commission or anyone else on the board.

 

Mr. Kibby said the regulatory process, as presented with some of the changes by the DRB, was heard by this body. After that meeting, Ms. Easterwood responded in writing, which was part of the evaluation that was most recently done with CDD. The Planning Commission had participated with the Assembly once through the process and the Assembly made the decision almost two years ago to eliminate the DRB. Ms. Easterwood participated in the process and he hoped that the Planning Commission understood that this was going forward. He believed the process had been well served, even though there had been a lapse of time since the last time it was taken up. He asked the Assembly to move forward and said if there was any additional information pertinent to what was before the Assembly in a couple weeks, that it be presented at that time.

 

Mr. Powell said usually when an ordinance comes before the Assembly, it is really hard to work on it. The proper work needs to be done in a committee or another setting before it comes before the Assembly. This was a drastic ordinance and it says that the DRB is no longer needed outside of the Historic District. Many communities are going the opposite way with more design review. He wanted to be very careful that it be done with all the information presented. He wanted to see the prior suggestions in the packet so they could be considered prior to the vote.

 

Assembly Action

MOTION – by Hagevig, to introduce 99-22 with the intention of hearing it as an action item at the next regular meeting of the Assembly.

 

Mr. Powell objected.

 

ROLL CALL:

Ayes: Koelsch, MacKinnon, Muñoz, Hagevig, Kibby and Mayor Egan

Nays: Powell

 

Motion carries 6:1

 

A2. Ordinance No. 99-23

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MANAGER TO EXECUTE A LEASE OF THE MAYFLOWER BUILDING AND GROUNDS TO THE JUNEAU MONTESSORI CENTER, INC. FOR LESS THAN FAIR MARKET VALUE, AND ESTABLISHING A PURCHASING CODE EXEMPTION FOR PROCUREMENT OF A HEATING SYSTEM FOR THE BUILDING.

 

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

 

Public Testimony

Byron Folwell, said the ordinance concerns the replacement of a heating system and they have been trying to get the project underway for several months. He thanked Mr. Palmer and Mr. Gilbertson for their help. With respect to timing, he said the roof project was expected to get underway sometime in July or August. During that project, the kids in the school would be displaced and they have made alternative arrangements for them. The timing of the replacement of the heating system was critical so that they would displace these children only one time. He requested that when this comes on the next agenda, he would like to have their proposed language changes considered.

 

Mayor Egan directed him to work with Mr. Palmer and any other staff members necessary. He said the Assembly agreed 100% to get it done at introduction. Mr. Corso said the changes had been discussed and they were not complicated, he did not see any problem having it ready for the next meeting.

 

Assembly Action

MOTION – by Muñoz, that Ordinance 99-23 be scheduled for introduction at the next regular scheduled meeting. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

 

E1. Two-Year Renewals:

 

 

Beverage Dispensary:

Arctic Bar

Channel Bowl, Inc.

G.W. Teal

Glacier Restaurant & Lounge

Hoochi’s Sports Pub

Lucky Lady

Prospector Hotel, The/The Diggings

Rainforest Hotel, The

 

Club:

BPO Elks Lodge #420

Juneau Moose Lodge #700

 

Wholesale Malt:

K & L Distribution

 

Restaurant/Eating Place:

Canton House

El Sombrero

Silverbow Inn

Thane Ore House

 

Package Store:

Breeze In Liquor

Douglas Island Breeze-In

Percy’s Liquor Store

 

Brewery:

Gold Creek Brewery

Administrative Report: Attached. The Manager recommended the Assembly adopt the Human Resources Committee recommendations from its May 17 meeting regarding its right to protest to the licenses as reported.

Public Participation: None at this time.

 

Assembly Action:

MOTION - by Muñoz, to approve the listed liquor license two-year renewals, with the exception of K&L Distribution and Gold Creek Brewery which would be heard at the next meeting pending receipt of further information. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

 

B R E A K

8:02 p.m. – 8:22 p.m.

 

     

  1. ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING - None
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  3. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

At this point in the meeting, all audio recording was lost.

 

       

    1. Contract No. E99-251: Mayflower School Exterior Renovation
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      Administrative Report: Attached. The Manager recommended award to Design North, Inc. as having the lowest responsive bid price. Total bid award would be for $54,701.50.

       

      Mr. Kibby asked the age of the roof and Mr. MacKinnon indicated it had been in place since the mid-80s.

       

      Assembly Action:

      MOTION – by Kibby, to award Contract E99-251 as recommended by the Manager and he asked unanimous consent. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

       

       

    3. Continuation of Deliberations on Mr. Steve Landvik’s Appeal of the Planning Commission’s Denial of an Allowable Use Permit to construct a 12-Unit Apartment Building with Associated Parking (USE98-00045)" Review of Final Order.

 

Administrative Report: Attached. The Manager noted that as this was a quasi-judicial action of the Assembly, he had no recommendation.

 

Ms. Hagevig commented that the Manager had captured the essence of the meeting and she recommended approval. Mr. Koelsch noted that on line 19, on page 12, it should read "right" angle.

 

Assembly Action

MOTION – by Hagevig to adopt the Manager’s findings, and she asked unanimous consent. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

 

     

  1. NEW BUSINESS - None
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  3. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS

A. Manager’s Report - Action Items

       

    1. Relocation Reimbursement Approval Request.
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      Administrative Report: Attached. The Manager recommended that the Assembly authorize the relocation and recruitment cost for each of the four positions, as outlined.

      Mr. Powell wanted assurances that staff would look long and hard to try to hire locally.

       

      Assembly Action:

      MOTION – by Powell, to go with the Manager’s recommendation.

       

      Ms. Muñoz asked if it was common to pay expenses for people to come for interviews. Mr. Palmer said yes for some Department heads, it depended on how easy it was to fill a particular position.

       

      Mr. Kibby asked if it was possible that locals that have applied could be trained. Mr. Palmer said it would depend on the position and if any training was available. Some positions do not have a training course and require work experience.

       

      Mr. Powell asked if there was a requirement that a new hire stay for six months to a year. Mr. Palmer said the reimbursement was prorated up to 24 months. Mr. Powell referred to the new Fire Chief and noted that it was good to get new blood into organizations. He did not think that $3,000 was a lot to pay for moving expenses.

       

      Mr. MacKinnon shared Mr. Kibby’s concern. He referred to the comment that "the local candidates who applied (for the Fire Division Chief) do not meet the minimum qualifications. . ." and he asked if the qualifications might be too strict. Mr. Palmer said that for the EMS Training Officer, of the three possibly qualified persons, none of them applied. For the Fire Division Chief, there was a minimum number of years of management experience. They must have the ability to obtain state certification and he was not sure if they needed to have EMT certification. The Personnel Department had told him that no one met those qualifications. Mr. MacKinnon was concerned that maybe the standards were being set at a point where some were being weeded out, even though they would be good for the job.

       

      Ms. Hagevig said that people who had previously held the positions had worked up through the ranks. She asked how many Sr. Officers go to the National Fire Academy to get experience and training. Mr. Palmer said one volunteer made application to go and he agreed it was an inexpensive way to train people. He added that there was also the State Training program.

       

      Mr. Koelsch asked what makes the magic number for the number of people to interview. Mr. Palmer said they like to choose from at least three, but four gives more margin.

       

      Friendly Amendment – by Koelsch, that the Fire Division Chief and the Police Captain be changed from four to three candidates.

       

      Objection was noted.

       

      ROLL CALL:

      Ayes: Koelsch, MacKinnon, Hagevig and Mayor Egan

      Nays: Muñoz, Powell and Kibby

       

      motion fails 4:3

       

      Mr. Kibby objected to the main motion.

       

      ROLL CALL

      Ayes: Powell and Mayor Egan

      Nays: Koelsch, MacKinnon, Muñoz, Hagevig and Kibby

       

      motion fails 2:5

       

      Mayor Egan stated that the Manager did not have authorization and Mr. Palmer indicated he would begin advertising without funding. Mr. Powell was concerned that the Assembly was attempting to micro-manage the City Manager. He felt it was a reasonable amount to pay to bring a qualified person into the community.

       

      Ms. Hagevig said it was a difficult vote as it borders on stepping over the line. She would prefer to look at local people, increasing their chances to move up by spending the money on training.

       

      Ms. Muñoz agreed that the fiscal situation was tight and that the city should think twice before paying to bring people here.

       

      Mr. MacKinnon said that people who watch others work their way through the ranks then have hope for their own future. It would have a positive effect on moral.

       

       

    3. Gravel Pit
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      Administrative Report: Attached. The Manager recommended that the Assembly adopt the Public Works & Facilities Committee’s recommendation to implement the plan.

       

      Assembly Action

      MOTION – by Kibby, to adopt the management plan.

       

      Mr. Kibby asked for more discussion. He said this was a change from the direction that was given by the Lands Committee and the Assembly. He was not happy with the plan taking money from one department to give to another.

       

      Mr. Koelsch expressed concern that it would slow down projects because of the cost. He thought the management plan itself was good but he said it made no sense to charge the departments. Mr. Koelsch objected to the motion.

       

      ROLL CALL

      Ayes: Hagevig, MacKinnon, Muñoz, Powell and Mayor Egan

      Nays: Koelsch and Kibby

       

      motion carries 5:2

       

      B. Manager’s Report - Information Items

      1. Disability Awareness Training

       

      Administrative Report: Attached.

       

      2. Manager’s Quarterly Report: January – March, 1999

       

      Administrative Report: Attached.

       

       

    5. Y2K Readiness Update

 

Administrative Report: Attached.

 

Mr. Koelsch asked about 911 not being Y2K compliant. Mr. Palmer said that the software was proprietary and that there were two vendors. Mayor Egan said this was the same system as Kenai and a portion of the North Star Borough and all three areas were having problems. PTI would make a recommendation on which software was compliant. He added that there was a meeting scheduled for the 7th and they would be receiving a report at that time from the chair of the Y2K Committee.

 

       

    1. Attorney’s Report

       

    1. Note: The Assembly may enter into Executive Session for an attorney’s report on matters of which public disclosure would have an adverse impact.
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      Administrative Report: This item was removed and would be rescheduled for a future date.

       

       

    3. Law Department’s Quarterly Report: January – March, 1999.

 

Administrative Report: Attached.

 

Mayor Egan asked about the plan from administration to let people know the cost of prosecuting drunks. Mr. Corso noted that they were typically not single violations; many offenders have a history and the courts are losing their patience.

 

     

  1. MAYOR AND COMMITTEE REPORTS ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS

       

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

 

XII. Committee Reports

       

    1. Standing Committees:

 

       

    1. Committee of the Whole – Mr. MacKinnon said there would be a long meeting on Monday, the 24th. The agenda would include 1) bid for recycling, 2) Mr. Powell’s car ordinance, 3) the residential parking program, and 4) a presentation from Mr. Graham on the deck over. Because the clerk would be out town, the discussion of moving that position from the Manager’s Office to the Assembly would be scheduled for the 14th, along with the airport master plan.
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    3. Finance Committee – no report
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    5. Human Resources Committee – Ms. Muñoz had the following appointments for confirmation:
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      MOTION – by Muñoz, to confirm the appointment of Jeffrey W. Wilson to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, and she asked unanimous consent. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

       

      MOTION – by Muñoz, to confirm the appointment of Hugh Grant, Don Etheridge, Jr., and Cindy Spanyers to the Personnel Board, and she asked unanimous consent. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

       

      MOTION – by Muñoz to confirm the appointment of George W. Rogers to the Public Libraries Endowment Board, and she asked unanimous consent. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

       

      MOTION – by Muñoz, to confirm the appointment of Tanja K. Cadigan to the Tourism Advisory Committee, and she asked unanimous consent. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

       

       

    7. Lands and Resources Committee – no report
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    9. Public Works and Facilities Committee – Ms. Muñoz stated that the committee had asked the cost of reclamation of the pit. That was not before the Assembly and she asked what happened with that direction. She noted there would be a meeting on Wednesday at noon regarding FY2000 Capital Improvement Projects.

 

       

    1. Board Liaison Reports

Mayor Egan said the Alaska Committee would be meeting on Wednesday at 7:00 a.m. in the JEDC conference room. They would be discussing House Bill 234.

 

     

  1. ASSEMBLY COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS
  2. Mr. Koelsch stated that the Transportation Steering Committee met last week. They would be discussing the improvements from Fritz Cove to DeHarts at their next meeting. He asked for an updated on the Perseverance Trail and the Marine Highway Building. Mr. Palmer reported there was no change on the status of the building. With regards to Perseverance Trail, Trail Mix would be helping in that effort.

     

    Ms. Muñoz received a letter from Mr. Murtle of the Alaska Society of Landscape commending the Capital Park planting which recently planted over 500 trees and shrubs. She said Capital Park was one of 100 park recognized by the society.

     

    Mr. Kibby asked about the Trail Mix allocation. He thought the $22,000 was a one-time allocation to get them going with a director who would start looking for grants. Ms. Kiefer said it would be before the Finance Committee on Wednesday. Some of that money would go towards the director and some would go to Trail Mix for trail work. $50,000 for Mt. Roberts would be matched by the Tram and she said that would bring the total that they have to $100,000.

     

    Ms. Hagevig commended the staff and stage crew of My Fair Lady. She said it was an excellent production.

     

    Mr. Powell asked about the lease agreement for the Golf Course. He said there was no resolution authorizing negotiations for the sale. They have their Corps of Engineer permits, they are currently putting their funding into place and have done the road alignment. Mr. Palmer said staff had asked for a 55 mph design, but Goldbelt hired an engineer to design a road around the wetlands. Mr. Powell noted that a lot of money had been spent to design a 45 mph road and he said he would like to stay abreast of the developments. Mr. Koelsch said that the Lands Committee had asked them to come back with the most economic way to go through the property. Mr. Kibby added that Lands voted unanimously for Goldbelt to go forward.

     

    Mr. MacKinnon said in reference to Resolution 1991, he had received a letter from the Audubon society asking the city to take a different direction than what has been worked toward for NOAA. He asked the Mayor to write a letter to Senator Stevens indicating that the Assembly did not reflect that opinion.

     

    Mayor Egan said he received a press release that the USS Juneau would be arriving in Juneau at 5:00 on the 24th. He confirmed that the COW would be starting at 6:00 on Monday. He then stated that he attended the Alaska Miner Hall of Fame induction at the Museum. There was a very good turn out and a lot of interesting tales.

     

    Mayor Egan announced that the Twin Lakes Pier dedication would be on Saturday. He said it had taken 11 long challenging years and he invited everyone to turn out and to bring their poles.

     

     

  3. CONTINUATION OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS - None
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  5. ADJOURNMENT - There being no further business to come before the Assembly, and no objection, the meeting adjourned at 9:25 p.m.

 

 

Signed: _____________________________

Marian Miller, Clerk

Signed: ________________________________

Mayor Egan