The Augustus Brown Swimming Pool was a hot topic this spring when the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly was deciding its fiscal year 2015 budget.
The brakes have been thrown on plans to improve Juneau's public transportation system as the city continues to slash budgets to combat a multimillion-dollar deficit and grapples with objections from Capital Transit employees who do not approve of proposed changes.The delay caused Assemblymembers to express frustration during a Committee of the Whole meeting Monday night."I feel like I'm hitting my head against a concrete wall on this issue," Assemblywoman Karen Crane said during the work session, noting this is the second plan they've had to throw out.
The Assembly got a little closer to putting tighter restrictions on companies that want to raise cellphone towers in Juneau.
The family of Savannah Cayce, the 16-year-old fatally injured in a Jet Ski accident two years ago on Auke Lake, is suing the City and Borough of Juneau for damages, according to a complaint filed in Juneau Superior Court last month.
Businesses and residents agree, the availability of affordable housing is the top barrier to economic development in Juneau, according to surveys conducted by McDowell Group and Sheinberg Associates.McDowell Group Owner and President Jim Calvin revealed this and more during a presentation on the Juneau Economic Development Plan at Monday night's Assembly Committee of the Whole meeting. Data from the past decade - including income, employment rates and more - has been collected and analyzed to build the plan's framework.
By 2025, seniors are expected to have grown to include 20 percent of Juneau's population.
No single-family homes between $150,000 and $250,000 were sold in the last year, according to a report given by a group of Juneau builders.
In a close vote, the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly removed the 16-foot length limit on vessels in Auke Lake and forbid flushing of motors in the lake.
The city's operating budget will be about $12 million in the red over the next couple years, the City and Borough of Juneau finance department predicts.
It also takes a lot to keep the infrastructure up and running, city Public Works Director Kirk Duncan said. The department needs to fund about $73 million in infrastructure improvements.
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