CBJ Assembly meets

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The assembly continued to discuss issues caused by the pandemic, honored a longtime volunteer, and received more help in the purchase of their first electric bus Monday night.

    A safe city program is being worked on to assist businesses with COVID-19 precautions and protocols.

    Robert Barr told the assembly that airport testing sites have confirmed seven cases of COVID-19 to help reduce the number of cases in the community.  Most of these cases were asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic.

    City Manager Rorie Watt said they have reopened the Dimond Park Aquatic Center and plan to reopen the Treadwell Arena at the end of the month.  "It's okay to start slow, be careful, work with users, get input from them, and then work your plan.  It is pretty hard to script an opening of a facility and chart where you think it will get more and more open."

    Watt said while the schools have worked hard to create a reopen plan, the plan is still fluid and things can change in the next five weeks.

    The assembly approved an ordinance to allocate $50,000 to match any grant from the Rasmuson foundation to fund arts and culture organizations.  They will fund a maximum of $50,000 in grants in Juneau.

    The assembly also approved the receipt of a grant to help purchase an electric bus for Capital Transit.  The Alaska Energy Authority provided a $233,960 grant to assist in the costs of the bus and associated charging equipment.  This money can help with their local match, which is up to 20 percent of the total cost.  The rest of the money came from the Alaska Department of Transportation.  The bus is scheduled to be delivered to Juneau in October.

    The assembly honored Juneau Douglas City Museum volunteer Dan Beason for 25 years of service.  He has volunteered over 7,000 hours of service to the museum.

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