Travel Juneau proposes Assembly appointment of board members

    Travel Juneau Board of Directors Chair Richard Burns

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - An update from Travel Juneau highlights the Lands, Housing and Economic Development Committee agenda Monday evening.

    The committee requested information on how memorandum of agreements with destination marketing organization's like Travel Juneau operate.

    In a memo from Travel Juneau Board Chair Richard Burns it's proposed that the appointments to the organization's board be approved through the Assembly's Human Resources Committee.  Burns wrote, "While no other Alaskan DMOs have this type of governance, the Travel Juneau Board operates in an open and transparent manner and we want to offer the city leadership the opportunity to vet and approve Travel Juneau Board appointees to bolster confidence in both Travel Juneau’s work and its governance."

    The organization proposes the process be phased in beginning with the currently open seat, and the four seats expiring June 30, 2022, of which three are in their first three-year term, according to Travel Juneau's  bylaws.  

    Burns added that the Travel Juneau Board places a high value on the panel being representative of its  constituency.  He said  
    the current board is an example of these priorities in action. Currently represented on the board are a hotelier, small business operator, a restaurateur, and cultural tourism in the form of an Alaska Native business  The balance of the  seats are “at large” to reflect the changing needs of the independent travel community, according to Burns and including a marketing and advertising  representative and a representative from the Assembly.  

    In other matters, members will take up an ordinance that calls for the rezoning of lots along Honsinger Drive from industrial to general commercial.  It's recommended that the measure be forwarded to the full Assembly.

    The committee will take up a request from David McCasland of Franklin Foods LLC, the owner, and operator of Deckhand Dave's, to purchase CBJ property at 139 South Franklin Street known formerly as Pocket Park.   

    Franklin Foods leases the property currently.  A memo to the committee says McCasland has a contract to purchase the former Gastineau Apartments property which is adjacent to where his restaurant is located.   The staff recommendation is to forward the matter to the full Assembly.

    Members will also be updated on the status of housing initiatives and updates to the Land Use Code.

    The meeting rescheduled from last Monday is scheduled to convene at 5 p.m. this Monday.       




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