SPECIAL ASSEMBLY MEETING
THE CITY AND BOROUGH OF JUNEAU, ALASKA
December 22, 2020  5:00 PM

Zoom Webinar/Telephonic/FB Livestream
Meeting No. 2020-50 https://juneau.zoom.us/j/97982093035 or call: 1-253-215-8782 Webinar ID: 979 8209 3035 

 

I.CALL TO ORDER / ROLL CALL
II.APPROVAL OF AGENDA
III.SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS
A.Instructions for Public Participation
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IV.AGENDA TOPICS
A.PUBLIC HEARING: Emergency Ordinance 2020-09(AF) An Emergency Ordinance Deappropriating $28,400 of CARES Act Funding from a Program to Sample and Test Wastewater for COVID-19.

This emergency ordinance would deappropriate $28,400 of CARES Act funding from a program to sample and test wastewater for COVID-19, which is anticipated to be underspent. This deappropriation would increase the balance of unobligated funds available in the CARES Act Special Revenue Fund.

 

This ordinance is necessary to maximize CBJ’s allocation of CARES Act funding for utilization in other programs with need.

The City Manager recommends the Assembly adopt this emergency ordinance.

B.PUBLIC HEARING: Emergency Ordinance 2020-09(AE) An Emergency Ordinance Deappropriating $90,000 of CARES Act Funding from a Grant to the Greater Juneau Chamber of Commerce to Administer a COVID-19 Detection Platform.

This emergency ordinance would deappropriate $90,000 of CARES Act funding from a grant to the Greater Juneau Chamber of Commerce to administer a COVID-19 detection platform, which is anticipated to be underspent. This deappropriation would increase the balance of unobligated funds available in the CARES Act Special Revenue Fund.

 

This ordinance is necessary to maximize CBJ’s allocation of CARES Act funding for utilization in other programs with need.

For this deappropriation, the Assembly should make its decisions based on the balance of needs in the community. 

C.PUBLIC HEARING: Emergency Ordinance 2020-09(AD) An Emergency Ordinance Deappropriating $475,000 of CARES Act Funding from the Juneau School District for K-5 Rally Programing During COVID-19.

This emergency ordinance would deappropriate $475,000 of CARES Act funding from the Juneau School District for K-5 Rally programing during COVID-19, which is anticipated to be underspent. This deappropriation would increase the balance of unobligated funds available in the CARES Act Special Revenue Fund.

 

This ordinance is necessary to maximize CBJ’s allocation of CARES Act funding for utilization in other programs with need.

The City Manager recommends the Assembly adopt this emergency ordinance.

D.PUBLIC HEARING: Emergency Ordinance 2020-09(AC) An Emergency Ordinance Deappropriating $500,000 of CARES Act Funding from Phase 1 of a COVID-19 Business Sustainability Grant Program.

This emergency ordinance would deappropriate $500,000 of CARES Act funding from Phase 1 of the COVID-19 Business Sustainability Grant Program, which is anticipated to be underspent. This deappropriation would increase the balance of unobligated funds available in the CARES Act Special Revenue Fund.

 

This ordinance is necessary to maximize CBJ’s allocation of CARES Act funding for utilization in other programs with need.

The City Manager recommends the Assembly adopt this emergency ordinance.

E.PUBLIC HEARING: Emergency Ordinance 2020-09(AG) An Emergency Ordinance Deappropriating $700,000 of CARES Act Funding from COVID-19 Testing Equipment to be Operated by Bartlett Regional Hospital.

This emergency ordinance would deappropriate $700,000 of CARES Act funding from COVID-19 testing equipment to be operated by Bartlett Regional Hospital. This funding was originally appropriated from the CARES Act Special Revenue Fund, however the Assembly will have the opportunity to reappropriate the funds for the purchase of the testing equipment from Bartlett Regional Hospital’s CARES Act funding with Emergency Appropriation Resolution 2933. This deappropriation would increase the balance of unobligated funds available in the CARES Act Special Revenue Fund.

 

This ordinance is necessary to maximize CBJ’s allocation of CARES Act funding for utilization in other programs with need.

For this deappropriation, the Assembly should make its decisions based on the balance of needs in the community. 

F.PUBLIC HEARING: Resolution 2933 An Emergency Appropriation Resolution Appropriating $700,000 for COVID-19 Testing Equipment to be Operated by Bartlett Regional Hospital; Funding Provided by Bartlett Regional Hospital's CARES Act Funding.

This emergency appropriation resolution would appropriate $700,000 for the purchase of testing equipment to expand the capacity of local testing for COVID-19. The purchase of equipment was already authorized under Ordinance 2019-06(AI), however this resolution would reappropriate the funds for the equipment from CBJ’s CARES Act funding to Bartlett Regional Hospital’s CARES Act funding. Emergency Ordinance 2020-09(AG) would deappropriate the funds from CBJ’s CARES Act funding, increasing the balance of unobligated funds available in the CARES Act Special Revenue Fund.

 

This ordinance is necessary to maximize CBJ’s allocation of CARES Act funding for utilization in other programs with need.

The City Manager recommends the Assembly adopt this emergency resolution.

G.PUBLIC HEARING, Resolution 2934: An Emergency Appropriation Resolution Appropriating up to $2,000,000 to the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Grant Program; Funding Provided by the CARES Act Special Revenue Fund.

In light of the deappropriation action taken at tonight’s meeting, the Assembly has financial capacity to approve a supplemental appropriation for the Housing Assistance Program. If federal legislation extends the December 30 CARES Act deadline, then the Grant Administrator likely has capacity to process a supplemental appropriation.

Approximately 3000 people have applied for this program, and the existing $3M appropriation is likely to provide grants to 1049 applicants. With every additional $100,000, approximately 39 more applicants receive a grant. Staff has proposed a supplemental appropriation of $1.2M, which would provide grants for about 468 more households.

The Assembly should make this appropriation in accordance with its determination on community needs.

H.PUBLIC HEARING: Resolution 2932 A Resolution Amending the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Grant Program Criteria.

In response to the high demand for both the Housing Assistance Program and the Individual Assistance Program, this resolution would repeal the $1000 grant increase authorized by Resolution 2925. This change is necessary to spread out the limited CARES Act funds remaining for both programs. The $3M appropriation from Emergency Appropriation Resolution 2912(b) remains unchanged.

The City Manager recommends the Assembly adopt this resolution.

I.PUBLIC HEARING, Resolution 2935: An Emergency Appropriation Resolution Appropriating up to $2,000,000 to the COVID-19 Emergency Individual Assistance Grant Program; Funding Provided by the CARES Act Special Revenue Fund.

In light of the deappropriation action taken at tonight’s meeting, the Assembly has financial capacity to approve a supplemental appropriation for the Individual Assistance Program. If federal legislation extends the December 30 CARES Act deadline, then the Grant Administrator likely has capacity to process a supplemental appropriation.

Approximately 1800 people have applied for this program, and approximately 50% also applied for the Housing Assistance Program. The current $2M appropriation is estimated to provide grants for 975 applicants. Approximately 33 applicants remain eligible for Individual Assistance, but there are insufficient funds. Staff has proposed a supplemental appropriation of $100,000, which should cover the grants for those 33 applicants.

The Assembly should make this appropriation in accordance with its determination on community needs.

J.Potential Reconsideration, Resolution 2931: A Resolution Amending the COVID-19 Emergency Individual Assistance Program Criteria.

The Assembly adopted this resolution on December 17, 2020. However, during that meeting, notice of reconsideration was given, which suspended the adoption of this resolution until the next regular Assembly meeting (1/4/21). If desired, the Assembly may take up reconsideration tonight or it could wait until the next regular Assembly meeting.

V.PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS
VI.ADJOURNMENT

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