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.
- "If this technology goes the way that leading experts are predicting, we could see the entire corridor as a freeway could be autonomous by 2040,” said transportation consultant Scott Kuznicki.
- Concerns over animal welfare have led to changes in recent years in how livestock are raised. But seafood has been missing from the conversation. One group aims to change that.
- “I don’t know if the gravity really is hitting everybody, but we’ve been arguing for recognition since statehood, and under this administration the attorney general has provided an opinion that, yes, tribes do exist, that we have inherent sovereignty,” said Richard Peterson, president of the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.
For third time in 2 years, state officials cite Skagway Assemblyman for financial disclosure violationsHenry’s checkered candidate disclosure record was discovered when he pleaded guilty to federal tax crimes in early 2016. Henry hadn’t paid income tax for a number of years.