Update | June 9 at 2 p.m.
Lee Kadinger, The Walter Soboleff Center’s project manager with Sealaska Heritage Institute, says it will delay its appeal. Kadinger says he thinks most of the issues can be resolved through discussions with the assessor’s office.
Original Post | June 9 at 12 p.m.
The Juneau Assembly is expected tonight to take its final vote on a major rezoning that could lead to hundreds of new homes near Auke Lake.
The rezoning of Pederson Hill is about a tenfold increase to the density of homes that could be built on 152 acres of city-owned land.
The Assembly also plans to decide whether or not to hear an appeal from Sealaska Heritage Institute about the property tax status of The Walter Soboleff Center. The nonprofit institute thinks its Front Street building should be 100 percent exempt, while the city assessor maintains it should only be partially exempt because it will not be exclusively used for charitable and educational purposes.
The Assembly will also consider doubling the $250 filing fee for appealing city board and commission decisions and $1.2 million contract award to North Pacific Erectors for Centennial Hall renovations.
The long agenda calls for the introduction of 17 new ordinances. Some of the items of interest include
- water and sewer utility fee increases,
- a slew of increases to city fines for traffic and animal control violations,
- cell phone tower regulations,
- extending the city’s smoking ban to e-cigarettes,
- and a $22 million appropriation of mostly federal money for airport runway rehabilitation.
If none of the Assembly members object, the new ordinances will be referred to committees.
The Assembly meets at 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall. The meeting is broadcast live on KTOO.
- The Trump Justice Department asked a federal court to dismiss the Obama DOJ's earlier claim that the ID law was enacted with the intention of discriminating against minority voters.
- Christopher Strawn faces a variety of charges including first- and second-degree murder for the death of Brandon Cook at the Kodzoff Acres trailer park in October 2015.
- Former President George W. Bush repeatedly declined to criticize Obama or offer him unsolicited advice. But on NBC's Today, Bush weighed in on President Trump's travel ban, Russia and the media.
- In his annual address to the Alaska Legislature, U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan did not say much about President Donald Trump, and he did not bring up the issues that drove demonstrators to the steps of the state Capitol on Friday: Trump’s policies on immigration and refugees, and what Congress intends to do about the Affordable Care Act.