Resolving Juneau’s solid waste problems tops the list of the Assembly’s goals for the next year.
In a 3 and a half hour retreat Wednesday morning, the nine-member panel prioritized a list of 16 issues the city and borough should tackle.
Some, like housing, economic development, and parking, have been on previous Assembly’s lists.
Mayor Merrill Sanford says the key is moving them off the list and into reality.
“Maybe we can get caught up on a few here and get beyond and get into new goals, you know, starting next year. But this gives us a priority list to go by,” Sanford says.
During the meeting, Assembly member Randy Wanamaker reminded his colleagues that the fewer goals the better because so many are already on the list.
A number of the issues considered priorities are in progress, including measures for creating more housing in Juneau.
- So far, the Juneau School District has enrolled about 230 more students than it expected. If the higher enrollment remains true in October, the district could get enough additional state funding to cover a near $200,000 deficit.
- Juneau-based nonprofit, Southeast Alaska Land Trust, was denied its property tax exemption earlier this year. Now the Assembly will take another look.
- "A lot of ice experts, including myself, thought we were headed for a record year minimum," said Hajo Eicken, a professor at the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.