All new members of the Juneau Assembly have been sworn in, the deputy mayor appointed, and committee members named.
The Assembly met Monday night for the first time since the municipal election. Jerry Nankervis took the oath of office and Assembly members selected Mary Becker as deputy mayor. Mayor Merrill Sanford said Becker was the only member who had shown interest in the deputy mayor position.
Nankervis was unable to attend last week’s special meeting called to install the mayor and new members.
Then Sanford handed out committee and liaison assignments. Karen Crane remains the chair of the Finance Committee, which is comprised of all Assembly members. The entire panel also sits as the Committee of the Whole, which is chaired by the deputy mayor.
Jesse Kiehl is Human Resources Committee chairman; Carlton Smith is Lands, and Randy Wanamaker retains his chairmanship of the Public Works and Facilities Committee.
The Assembly has five standing committees and each member also serves as a liaison between the Assembly and other groups, ranging from CBJ enterprise boards to the Chamber of Commerce. Sanford admonished members to take their liaison assignments seriously, saying it’s one of the most important positions an Assembly member has.
“That means bringing communications back from committees, both enterprise boards and other committees were assigned to, getting their concerns and wants and bringing them back to the Assembly or to staff and try to work things out ahead of time,” Sanford said.
All Juneau Assembly members automatically assume membership on the Alaska Municipal League and Southeast Conference.
The new Assembly holds a daylong retreat on Saturday in city hall chambers to set priorities for the year.
- During a brief layover Wednesday in Ketchikan on her way to Sitka, Alaska’s Sen. Lisa Murkowski talked about the state’s Republican primary campaign, and about the presidential election.
- More Alaskans are driving electric cars. The same is true for California, Oregon and Washington state. But many people continue to consider the vehicles as too small, difficult to use and no more than a novelty.
- Master Gardener Ed Buyarski reminds us to ventilate our greenhouse, harvest our garlic and raspberries, deadhead any finished flowers, and eradicate all slugs.
- AT&T's announced plans to upgrade the network by summer of 2016 have stalled. And people in Skagway have noticed, as they slog through another summer of cell phone problems.