The city will hire an expert to provide technical assistance in its dispute with the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Juneau flood plain maps.
CBJ disagrees with FEMA’s revision to the maps, adopted last year by the agency.
The Assembly Monday night agreed to transfer $50,000 from Areawide Drainage Improvements for the technical help. The city will contract with a hydrologist to work with city staff.
The transfer was recommended by the Public Works and Facilities Committee. In a recent meeting, CBJ Development Director Dale Pernulla said the city hopes to get FEMA to allow scientific review of the maps. He says the city disagrees with the model used for drawing the maps.
- Tribes say filing a petition to adopt in state court is hard to accomplish in remote villages, and requires the services of an attorney.
- That was the message delivered to lawmakers Thursday, as they consider a bill to use the state’s high-risk insurance pool to help stabilize the market.
- If the state were to forgo distribution of passenger taxes, Skagway would lose out on about $4 million.
- The agreement is the first formalization of co-management between the Alaska tribes along the Kuskokwim River and the federal government.