Funds were passed through the city and borough of Juneau assembly last night during a regular meeting.
The assembly adopted several ordinances. One of them appropriated $290,000 to update the Juneau-Douglas Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Mendenhall plant.
The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation is providing the loan funds. City staff says loans will be repaid with wastewater utility customer revenues.
Assembly member Jerry Nankervis said he would like to know if that means a rate increase for Juneau residents.
“It might be three cents, I don’t know. But it would just be nice to have that sort of an estimate because I believe they could come up with that based on the number of customers and the cost what that would work out to be. But it’s just one of those things that I believe when people hear us pass these and they see that we just passed on a possible rate increase or more money to them, I would like to be able to answer what that is.”
The assembly also adopted an ordinance appropriating $1.5 million of grant funding from the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities for the replacement of four Capital Transit buses.
Deputy City manager Rob Steedle:
“This funding will replace four 35-foot New Flyer Buses which have provided over 12 years of service and nearly half a million miles. This is the last replacement of buses programmed into the 2008 Transit Development Plan and adopted by the Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP). It is planned to replace these four buses with similar vehicles.”
Juneau’s airport is getting appropriations of close to $2 million, with the majority of funds coming from the Federal Aviation Administration.
$1.2 million is going towards the design runway rehabilitation project and more than $700,000 dollars towards an airport master plan study.
- Details are emerging slowly on the fire at the Peter Pan Seafoods processing plant in Port Moller. The 100-year-old plant caught fire late Tuesday night, and the blaze continued to burn Wednesday. The full scope of the damage is still unclear, but witnesses say it is extensive.
- For five years, Sharon Livingston has organized “Camp A”, where first-, second- and third-graders immerse themselves in traditional stories, crafts and foods. By encouraging kids to explore Unangan culture, she said they learn to see the value in cultures of all kinds.
- The National Transportation Safety Board is looking into the safety of Alaska skies during a hearing will take all today. The NTSB is looking into the wider issues surrounding the continued persistence of high numbers of accidents involving small planes and air taxis in Alaska.
- The Sun’aq Tribe won a grant to study the kind of threat that invasive crayfish in Alaska pose to subsistence resources. The award was announced Tuesday.