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.
- It aims to preserve Alaska Native culture by giving tribes and tribal organizations the ability to oversee local child welfare problems, rather than social workers coming in from outside their communities. That often results in children being removed from their communities.
- Dressed in full Gwich’in regalia, Potts recounted growing up in a modest dirt-floor hunting cabin in Eagle, losing someone close to suicide, and taking the conventions theme of strength in unity to get back to enjoying life again.
- The Juneau School District wants to consolidate its two high school football programs and cheer squads. Superintendent Dr. Mark Miller said at a press conference Thursday afternoon that the decision to send a formal request to the Alaska School Activities Association has been two years in the making.
- Three helmets, two hats, a headdress and a beaded shirt are from as far back as the 1600s to about 1890. They will be stored through the National Park Service, with access being granted to the Tlingit clans.