The Committee of the Whole selected 450 Whittier Street as the preferred site for a new city hall during the April 11, 2022, meeting. The Assembly requested staff draft an ordinance to submit a proposition to the voters on the October 4, 2022, election ballot during the June 6, 2022, Committee of the Whole meeting. This ordinance would appropriate $25,000 for the Assembly and appointed officials to advocate for this proposition and educate the public of the merits of construction of a new city hall prior to the October election.
Whether or not to authorize the construction of a new City hall is an important long-term decision for the community. In accordance with AS 15.13.145, this ordinance will allow staff to properly and accurately convey information to the public and will allow staff to participate in debates regarding the merits of the proposal.
Absent municipal participation in this important public decision, voters are likely to not have access to the facts or best arguments in favor of the proposal for a new City Hall.