The advisory board for Juneau’s two municipal swimming pools wants its mandate extended for at least another year. Juneau’s outgoing parks and recreation director said the Aquatics Board has run its course.
George Schaaf, a former Trail Mix executive director, has been tapped to lead Juneau’s Parks and Recreation Department. He will replace Kirk Duncan who retires in May.
The heads of four departments: Community Development, Engineering, Parks and Recreation and the Clerk’s Office are retiring this year. The city is actively recruiting for at least two of the positions.
The charter creating the Juneau Aquatics Board — which manages both swimming pools — expires May 28. It’ll be up to the Assembly to extend its life or replace it and the public has a chance to weigh in at a pair of meetings.
Both the Augustus Brown swimming pool and Mt. Jumbo Gym were among recreational facilities on the chopping block. Now the Juneau Assembly will have to either raise taxes — or look elsewhere to cut.
“The city is hard pressed to take on any new obligations without adequate funding,” Kirk Duncan says.
The board being proposed now wouldn’t be able to hire and fire its own CEO.
Kirk Duncan took over Parks and Rec Jan. 5. He says he’ll bring new ideas.
KTOO’s Casey Kelly interviews Juneau City Manager Kim Kiefer.
City and Borough of Juneau officials say the move will eliminate two full-time positions and save about $275,000 a year.