SPECIAL ASSEMBLY MEETING
THE CITY AND BOROUGH OF JUNEAU, ALASKA
July 20, 2020  5:30 PM

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I.CALL TO ORDER / ROLL CALL
II.APPROVAL OF AGENDA
A.Instruction for Public Participation
Members of the public wishing to provide public comment during the meeting are asked to call the Municipal Clerk’s public testimony request phone line at 586-0215 by 3p.m. the day of the meeting or send an email toCity.Clerk@juneau.org  and provide their full name, email address, the phone number they will be calling from. For this meeting, public testimony is only being taken on Ordinance 2020-41. Testimony time will be limited by the Mayor based on the number of participants. Members of the public are encouraged to send their comments in advance of the meeting toBoroughAssembly@juneau.org.
III.AGENDA TOPICS
A.PUBLIC HEARING: Emergency Ordinance 2020-41 An Emergency Ordinance Requiring a Face Covering in Certain Indoor Settings and Providing a Penalty.

Numerous trusted public health officials have identified that mask wearing is one of the most important COVID19 transmission mitigation measures. These health officials include the Alaska Chief Medical Officer, the Alaska Chief Epidemiologist, and the director of the Centers for Disease Control.

 

While it would be better if citizens voluntarily wore masks, they are not doing so in sufficient numbers to eliminate community transmission. Mitigation of this disease is critical for the well-being of our citizens, our businesses, our school system and our health care system.

 

This ordinance would require people to wear a face covering when in a publicly accessible indoor location or an indoor communal area outside the home. There are exceptions for people with disabilities or young children. The substance of this ordinance is nearly identical to Ord. 2020-35, except this ordinance would take effect immediately. This ordinance is very similar to the Anchorage mask mandate. As this is an emergency ordinance, it requires six votes to pass.

I recommend the Assembly adopt this emergency ordinance.

IV.CONSENT AGENDA
A.Public Requests for Consent Agenda Changes, Other Than Ordinances for Introduction
B.Assembly Requests for Consent Agenda Changes
C.Assembly Action
1.Ordinances for Introduction
a.Ordinance 2020-09(C) An Ordinance Appropriating up to $500,000 to the Manager as a Grant to Airlift Northwest to Support Emergency Air Transport Services in Southeast Alaska; Funding Provided by the CARES Act Special Revenue Fund.

This ordinance would authorize a $500,000 grant to Airlift Northwest to support emergency air transport services in Southeast Alaska through retaining the PC 12 Turboprop Plane. This plane is a critical component of Southeast Alaska’s healthcare infrastructure, as it can land on shorter runways and therefore better support many smaller communities in Southeast. Airlift Northwest has experienced a 50-70% decrease in flight volume and operating revenue since April, 2020 over prior year. Airlift Northwest is an entity of University of Washington Medicine, and is therefore ineligible for most of the CARES Act funds available to for-profit businesses and traditional nonprofits.

 

The Assembly Finance Committee reviewed this request on July 8.

The Manager recommends this ordinance be introduced and set for public hearing at the next regular Assembly meeting.

b.Ordinance 2020-36: An Ordinance Appropriating up to $3,000,000 to the Manager for a COVID-19 Nonprofit Sustainability Grant Program; Funding Provided by the CARES Act Special Revenue Fund.

This ordinance would create a program to help nonprofits due to COVID-19. It designates the Juneau Community Foundation as the grant administrator. The program is intended for nonprofits that provide services to the general public in the community and sets up a tiered approach for grants. Depending on annual revenue, a nonprofit can receive up to $99,000 under this program.

The Assembly Finance Committee discussed this matter on July 8, 2020.

The Manager recommends the Assembly introduce this ordinance, refer it to the Committee of the Whole, and set it for public hearing at the next regular Assembly meeting.
c.Ordinance 2020-40 An Ordinance Authorizing the Issuance of General Obligation Bonds in the Principal Amount of Not to Exceed $15,000,000 to Finance Capital Improvements to the Facilities of the City and Borough, and Submitting a Proposition or Propositions to the Voters at the Election to Be Held on October 6, 2020.

This ordinance would send a bond package to the voters to consider in the municipal election on October 6, 2020. As currently drafted, this ordinance would send one general obligation bond proposition of up to $15 million for the following types of municipal infrastructure projects:

  • Approximately $5 million for critical repairs to schools, including roof replacements;

  • Approximately $5 million for repairs and capital improvements to municipal parks; and

  • Approximately $5 million for construction of the extension to West Douglas Pioneer Road.

The Assembly Finance Committee discussed this matter on July 8, 2020.

The Manager recommends the Assembly introduce this ordinance and set it for public hearing at the next regular Assembly meeting.
V.PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS
VI.SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS
A.RED FOLDER - EOC COVID-19 Update July 20, 2020
VII.ADJOURNMENT

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