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Presented by: Assembly
Presented: 04/06/2020
Drafted by: R. Palmer III

RESOLUTION OF THE CITY AND BOROUGH OF JUNEAU, ALASKA

Emergency Serial No. 2889(am)

An Emergency Appropriation Resolution Appropriating $200,000 to the Manager for an Emergency Rental Assistance Program; Funding Provided by the Affordable Housing Fund.

A. WHEREAS, consistent with Charter 9.10(b), upon declaration by the Assembly that a public emergency exists and describing the emergency in clear and specific terms, the Assembly by resolution may make emergency appropriation upon approval by all Assemblymembers present or by seven of its membership, whichever is the lesser number; and

B. WHEREAS, COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that can result in serious illness or death and is easily transmittable person to person; and

C. WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (“WHO”) declared the virus a pandemic; and

D. WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020, the State of Alaska declared a public health emergency in response to the anticipated outbreak of the virus in Alaska; and

E. WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, President Donald J. Trump declared a national emergency in response to the virus pandemic; and

F. WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, the Assembly declared a local emergency in response to COVID-19; and

G. WHEREAS, on March 22, 2020, the City and Borough of Juneau (“CBJ”) received its first positive case of COVID-19; and

H. WHEREAS, there are approximately 5,000 rental units in the CBJ; and

I. WHEREAS, workforce housing in the CBJ typically equates to less than 120 percent of the area median income (AMI); and

J. WHEREAS, nearly half of the renters make less than 80 percent of the AMI and approximately 70 percent of those renters have unaffordable rental costs; and

K. WHEREAS, renters need immediate support as many worked in businesses that have closed or reduced hours because of COVID-19 and social distancing requirements; and

L. WHEREAS, federal and state resources may be available too late or insufficient to be of
assistance to renters or landlords who need immediate assistance; and

M. WHEREAS, providing rental assistance now can prevent the need for additional costs and
services in the future, which is in the public’s interest; and

N. WHEREAS, failing to provide rental assistance could result in further adverse impacts to
Juneau’s economy and social service network; and

O. WHEREAS, the Alaska Housing Development Corporation, a nonprofit corporation and
also known as Gruening Park in partnership with Gastineau Human Services, has an
existing rental assistance program that has experienced increased demand due to the
COVID-19 public emergency.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE ASSEMBLY OF THE CITY AND BOROUGH OF
JUNEAU, ALASKA:

Section 1. Emergency Appropriation. There is appropriated to the Manager the
sum of two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000.00) for an Emergency Rental Assistance
Program, to be granted to the Juneau Community Foundation only for disbursement to the
Alaska Housing Development Corporation.

Section 2. Source of Funds:
Affordable Housing Fund $ 200,000.00

Section 3. Emergency Rental Assistance Program Purpose and Terms. The
program is subject to the following terms and conditions:

(a) Rental assistance is for people who have lost employment as a result of COVID-19 or
people who cannot earn wages as the result of a loss of childcare due to COVID-19.

(b) Rental assistance is prioritized for people who earn less than 120 percent of the area
median income as calculated by the United Stated Department of Housing and
Urban Development.

(c) Applicants must provide sufficient proof of need for rental assistance considering
other available financial assistance, lay-off or eviction notices or lack of childcare,
30-day bank statements, and leasing information.

(d) The Manager is directed to report back to the Assembly on the number of applicants
and disbursement of funds.

(e) Intent. The administration of the rental assistant program should be guided by
Exhibit A to Resolution 2889(am).

(f) Exceptions. The Alaska Housing Development Corporation, after receiving direction
from the Manager, has the authority to make reasonable exceptions to these
conditions that conform to the purpose of this program.

Section 4. Effective Date. This resolution shall be effective immediately after its
adoption.

Adopted this 20th day of April, 2020.

Resolution 2889 Exhibit A

Letter of Intent

In adopting Emergency Appropriation Resolution 2889 (as amended), we issue these
instructions/guidelines to assist the program administrator, the Alaska Housing Development
Corporation, in providing relief to Juneau residents.

The numbers of households and individuals who could qualify for support far exceeds the
amount currently set aside for relief. According to HUD’s 2019 income limits, 61.9% of Juneau
households are low income, 48.0% are very low income, and 24.0% are extremely low
income. Similarly, According to HUD’s 2019 income limits, 63.9% of Douglas households are
low income, 52.5% are very low income, and 24.6% are extremely low income.

Accordingly, we believe that triage will be required, even among those in the very low income category. We expect the following to the extent considered reasonable by the City Manager:

  • to the extent reasonable and necessary, coordinating with other entities to reduce
    duplication of services.
  • providing assistance, for rent due no earlier than April 2020, equal to the gap in the
    ability to pay, rather than in all instances the full amount of the rental obligation.
    Payments will be restricted to rent only, and should not include late fees or security
    deposits;
  • undertaking a case-by-case review of each applicant to assess all resources in and
    available to the household. Three examples:
  1. Two roommates, each of whom qualifies, but when resources are pooled
    would reduce the overall payment.
  2. To the extent possible given uncertainties in the State unemployment system,
    for a household member has not yet received, but fully qualifies for the enhanced
    unemployment insurance payments, the full retroactive sum will be considered; and
  3. Situations in which a household receiving the rental assistance would lead to a
    reduction in or disqualification of an existing rental assistance.
  • denying rental assistance for a rental unit owned by a government entity.
  • returning all unencumbered monies existing on June 30, 2020.

Presented by: The Manager
Presented: 04/20/2020
Drafted by: R. Palmer III

RESOLUTION OF THE CITY AND BOROUGH OF JUNEAU, ALASKA

Serial No. 2890

A Resolution Urging the Use of Cloth Face Coverings and Reminding People to Continue Protecting Public Health.

WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic has generated a public health emergency and resulting economic emergency; and

WHEREAS, COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that can result in serious illness or death and is caused by the SARS-Cov-2 virus (“virus”), a new strain of the coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans and is easily transmittable person to person; and

WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the virus a pandemic; and

WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020, the State of Alaska declared a public health emergency in response to the anticipated outbreak of the virus in Alaska; and

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, President Donald J. Trump declared a national emergency in response to the virus pandemic; and

WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, the Assembly declared a local emergency in response to COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, the Center for Disease Control strongly recommends that certain individuals should take even greater precautions including the following:

a. Anyone particularly at-risk from COVID-19 should reduce exposure by staying at home, not physically going to work, and not doing their own shopping, if possible. People particularly at risk of complications from COVID-19 include those 60 years and older and individuals of any age with a serious underlying medical condition. Household members of those who are at elevated risk should implement these more stringent guidelines as well, to the extent possible.

b. Anyone more likely to be contagious with COVID-19 should not leave home except to obtain medical care or to get fresh air. People who are more likely to be contagious include individuals exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, including coughing, shortness of breath, and fever; and

WHEREAS, the Center for Disease Control and the State of Alaska (Health Alert 10) also recommend everyone wear a cloth face covering when in a public setting where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain; and

WHEREAS, public health officials have advised that in addition to practicing social distancing and staying home as much as possible, additional measures that include the covering of an individual’s nose and mouth will minimize asymptomatic individuals with COVID-19 from unknowingly spreading the disease; and

WHEREAS, the Assembly strongly urges the use of cloth face covering for any businesses with employees that interact with the public especially grocery stores, gas stations, and retail stores.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE ASSEMBLY OF THE CITY AND BOROUGH OF JUNEAU, ALASKA:

Section 1. Cloth Face Covering Direction.

a. Businesses. All employees that interact with customers or visitors are strongly encouraged to wear a cloth face covering or have a similar physical barrier between the employee and the customer or visitor.

b. Customers. All customers and visitors entering into a business or organization are strongly encouraged to wear a cloth face covering.

c. Cloth face covering design. A cloth face covering needs to cover the nose and mouth. The face coverings do not need to be a medical-grade mask or a N95 respirator, which are needed for health care workers and first responders. A cloth face covering can be made of a variety of materials, such as cotton, silk, or linen. A cloth face covering may be factory-made, sewn by hand, or improvised from household items such as scarves, T-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels.

d. Proper face covering removal. When removing the face covering, avoid touching the front of the face covering. Remove it by grasping the ear loops, ties, or bands and immediately discard or place in a designated container for laundering. Wash your hands immediately after removing the face covering and before touching anything else. Wash face coverings in hot, soapy water between uses.

e. Continue Social Distancing Practices. According to State Health Alert 10: Do not rely on face coverings as the primary way to prevent COVID-19 transmission, and be careful to avoid developing a false sense of security through the use of face coverings. Continue to follow social distancing measures including maintaining at least six feet between yourself and others, staying at home as much as possible, avoiding touching your face, and washing your hands frequently.

f. Public Notice. The day following adoption of this resolution, the Manager is directed to widely distribute the cloth face covering recommendation to the public.

Section 2. Effective Date. This resolution shall be effective at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 23, 2020. This resolution shall remain in effect until 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 21, 2020.

Adopted this 20th day of April, 2020.

Presented by: HRC
Introduced: 03/26/2020
Drafted by: R. Palmer III

ORDINANCE OF THE CITY AND BOROUGH OF JUNEAU, ALASKA

Serial No. 2020-15

An Ordinance Amending the Continuity of Government Code to Improve City and Borough of Juneau Procedures for Emergencies.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE ASSEMBLY OF THE CITY AND BOROUGH OF JUNEAU, ALASKA:

Section 1. Classification. This ordinance is of a general and permanent nature and shall become a part of the City and Borough of Juneau Municipal Code.

Section 2. Amendment of Chapter. Chapter 03.35 Continuity of Government, is amended as follows:

03.35.010 Title.

This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the “continuity of government” chapter.

03.35.020 Definitions.

The following words, terms, and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

Declared emergency means an emergency proclaimed by the manager, or designee, pursuant to Chapter 3.25 or an emergency described in legislation adopted by the Assembly.

Duly authorized deputy means a person who is presently authorized to perform all of the functions, exercise all of the powers, and discharge all of the duties of an office in the event the office is vacant or at such times as it lacks administration due to the death, absence, or disability of the incumbent officer.

Emergency has the same meaning as in Charter 15.14.

Emergency interim successor means a person designated pursuant to this chapter for possible temporary succession to the powers and duties, but not the office, of a City and Borough officer in the event that the officer or any duly authorized deputy is unavailable to exercise the powers and discharge the duties of the office.

Unavailable means either that a vacancy in office exists and there is no deputy authorized to exercise all of the powers and discharge the duties of the office, or that the lawful incumbent of the office, including any deputy exercising the powers and discharging the duties of an office because of a vacancy, and a duly authorized deputy is absent or unable, for physical, mental, or legal reasons, to exercise the powers and discharge the duties of the office.

03.35.030 Emergency interim successors; designation.

(a) Elective officers. Within 30 days after first entering upon the duties of the office, each member of the assembly, except the mayor and deputy mayor, shall designate three emergency interim successors to office and specify their rank in order of succession.

(1) Successors to mayor. Successors to the office of mayor shall be the same as provided in Charter 3.9.

(2) Successors to deputy mayor. Successors to the office of deputy mayor shall be the same as provided in section 11.15.015.

(b) Appointive officers. Officers in the following positions shall designate such number of emergency interim successors and specify their rank in order of succession after any duly authorized deputy so that there will be not less than three duly authorized deputies or emergency interim successors or combination thereof for each officer: manager, municipal clerk, finance director, engineering and public works director, human resources and risk management director, chief of police, fire chief, attorney, and airport manager.

(c) Review of designation. The incumbent in the case of those elective officers specified in subsection (a) of this section, and the appointing authority in the case of those appointive officers specified in subsection (b) of this section, shall review and, as necessary, promptly revise the designations of emergency interim successors to ensure that at all times there are at least three such qualified emergency interim successors or duly authorized deputies or any combination thereof for each officer specified.

(d) Qualifications. No person shall be designated or serve as an emergency interim successor unless under the Constitution of this state and Charter or provisions of this Code, that person may hold the office of the person to whose powers and duties the designee is designated to succeed, but no provision of law prohibiting an officer or employee of this City and Borough from holding another office shall be applicable to an emergency interim successor.

(e) Status of emergency interim successor. A person designated as an emergency interim successor holds that designation at the pleasure of the designator; provided, that the designee must be replaced if removed. A person, the designee as an emergency interim successor, retains this designation as emergency interim successor until replaced by another appointed by the authorized designator.

03.35.040 Assumption of powers and duties.

(a) If in the event of a declared emergency, any officer named in subsections 03.35.030(a) and (b) of this chapter and any duly authorized deputy is unavailable, the emergency interim successor highest in rank in order of succession who is available shall, except for the power and duty to appoint emergency interim successors, exercise the powers and discharge the duties of such officer.

(b) An emergency interim successor shall exercise these powers and discharge these duties only until such time as the lawful incumbent officer or any duly authorized deputy or an emergency interim successor higher in rank in order of succession exercises, or resumes the exercise of, the powers and discharge of the duties of the office, or until, where an actual vacancy exists, a successor is appointed to fill the vacancy or is elected and qualified as provided by the Charter.

03.35.050 Successors; record.

The name, address, and rank in order of succession of each duly authorized deputy shall be filed with the municipal clerk and each designation, replacement, or change in order of succession of an emergency interim successor shall become effective when the designator files with the municipal clerk the successor’s name, address, and rank in order of succession. The municipal clerk shall keep on file all such data regarding duly authorized deputies and emergency interim successors and the successor names shall be open to public inspection.

03.35.060 Formalities of taking office.

At the time of their designation, emergency interim successors shall take such oath and do such other things, if any, as may be required to qualify them to exercise the powers and discharge the duties of the office to which they may succeed.

03.35.070 Reserved.

03.35.080 Assembly vacancies in an emergency.

(a) In the event of a declared emergency, if a member of the assembly other than the mayor and deputy mayor is missing for more than three days, the missing assembly member is presumed to be temporarily medically incapacitated. A majority of the remaining assemblymembers may, by motion, declare such office to be temporarily vacant. The vacancy shall be temporarily filled by the missing member’s designated successor pursuant to this chapter.

(b) In the event of a declared emergency, if a member of the assembly (1) is missing and presumed dead; (2) is missing for more than three consecutive regular meetings without being excused by the assembly; or (3) is medically incapacitated for more than three consecutive regular meetings without being excused by the assembly; then the assembly may declare such office to be vacant. A vacancy shall be filled pursuant Chapter 11.10.

Section 3. Effective Date. This ordinance shall be effective 30 days after its adoption.

Adopted this 20th day of April, 2020.

Presented by: HRC
Introduced: 03/26/2020
Drafted by: R. Palmer III

ORDINANCE OF THE CITY AND BOROUGH OF JUNEAU, ALASKA
Serial No. 2020-16(am)
An Ordinance Amending the Civil Defense Code to Improve City and Borough of Juneau Procedures for Emergencies.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE ASSEMBLY OF THE CITY AND BOROUGH OF JUNEAU, ALASKA:

Section 1. Classification. This ordinance is of a general and permanent nature and shall become a part of the City and Borough of Juneau Municipal Code.

Section 2. Amendment of Title. Title 3 Administration, is amended at Chapter 03.25, to read:

Chapter 03.25 – EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATION

03.25.010 Established.

There is hereby created the City and Borough emergency management organization to plan for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate injury or damage resulting from disaster caused by enemy attack, sabotage or other hostile action, natural causes, public health threats, or similar emergencies. The emergency management organization shall consist of the director, the members of the assembly, the officers and employees of the City and Borough, and such additional members, volunteer or otherwise, who may be selected by the director or the assembly.

03.25.020 Director.

The director of the City and Borough emergency management organization shall be the manager, or someone appointed by the manager, if there is such an appointed person, who shall serve until removed or until replaced by the manager. The director shall have responsibility for the organization, administration, training and operation of the emergency management organization, subject to the direction and control of the manager if the director is a person other than the manager.

03.25.030 Continuity in office.

The provisions of chapter 03.35 of this title “Continuity of Government” are hereby made applicable to all members of the City and Borough emergency management organization.

03.25.040 Authority of director of the emergency management organization; duties and responsibilities.

(a) The director of emergency management organization shall have the authority to request the declaration of the existence of an emergency by the assembly or by higher authority. In the event that it is deemed necessary to declare the existence of an emergency without delay, the director may, if the assembly is not in session, do so, but such action shall be subject to confirmation by the assembly at its next meeting.

(b) The duties and responsibilities of the director of the emergency management organization shall include the following:

(1) The control and direction of the actual or training efforts of the emergency management organization of the City and Borough;

(2) The determination of all questions of authority and responsibility that may arise within the emergency management organization of the City and Borough;

(3) The maintenance of necessary liaison with other municipal, area, state, regional, federal or other emergency management or civil defense organizations;

(4) The marshaling, after the declaration of an emergency as provided for above, of all necessary personnel, equipment or supplies from any department of the City and Borough to aid in the carrying out of the emergency operation plan;

(5) The issuance of all necessary proclamations as to the existence of an emergency and the immediate operational effectiveness of the emergency operation plan;

(6) The issuance of reasonable rules and regulations, which are necessary for the protection of life and property in the City and Borough, including rules and regulations applicable to blackouts and air raids;

(7) The supervision of the drafting and execution of mutual aid agreements entered into by the City and Borough;

(8) The supervision of and final authorization for the procurement of all necessary supplies and equipment, including acceptance of private contributions;

(9) The authorizing of agreements, after approval of the City and Borough attorney, for the use of private property for air raid shelter and other purposes;

(10) The supervision of the drafting and execution of the emergency operation plan, and the constant updating of such plan as required. The emergency operation plan shall be adopted by the assembly by resolution.

03.25.050 Functions and duties.
The functions and duties of the City and Borough emergency management organization shall be distributed among such departments, divisions, services, and special staff as the assembly shall prescribe by resolution. Any such resolution shall set forth the form of organization, establish and designate services, assign functions, duties and powers, and designate officers and employees to carry out the provisions of this chapter. Insofar as possible, the form of organization, titles and terminology shall conform to the recommendations of the federal government and the recommendations of the state.

03.25.060 Reserved.

03.25.070 Reserved.

03.25.080 Reserved.

03.25.090 Conflicting ordinances, orders, rules and regulations suspended.

At all times when the orders, rules and regulations made pursuant to this chapter shall be in effect, they shall supersede all existing ordinances, rules, orders and regulations insofar as the latter may be inconsistent therewith.

03.25.100 Conflict with state or federal statutes.

This chapter shall not be construed so as to conflict with any state or federal statute, or with any military or naval order, rule or regulation.

03.25.110 Municipal or private liability.

(a) This chapter is an exercise by the City and Borough of its governmental functions for the protection of the public peace, health, and safety. Consistent with Alaska law, neither the City and Borough, the agents and representatives of the City and Borough, nor any individual, receiver, firm, partnership, corporation, association or trustee, or any of the agents thereof, in good faith carrying out, complying with or attempting to comply with, any order, rule or regulation made pursuant to the provisions of this chapter, shall be liable for any loss or damage sustained to person or property as a result of such activity.

(b) Any person owning or controlling real estate or other premises who voluntarily and without compensation grants to the City and Borough a license or privilege, or otherwise permits the City and Borough to inspect, designate and use the whole or any part, or parts of such real estate or premises for the purpose of sheltering persons during an actual, impending or practice enemy attack, shall, together with all successors in interest, if any, not be civilly liable for the death of, or injury to, any person or about such real estate or premises under such license, privilege or other permission, or for loss of, or damage to, the property of such person.

03.25.120 Emergency declared by governor.

If the governor declares that an emergency exists in the event of actual enemy attack upon the United States or the occurrence within the state of a major disaster resulting from enemy sabotage or other hostile action, natural causes, public health threat, or similar emergency it shall be the duty of the emergency management organization to cooperate fully with the state and with the governor in the exercise of emergency powers as provided by law.

03.25.130 Expenses of emergency management.

(a) No person shall have the right to expend funds of the City and Borough in excess of current appropriation to carry out any emergency management activity authorized by this chapter without prior approval by the assembly, nor shall any person have any right to bind the City and Borough by contract, agreement or otherwise without prior assembly approval.

(b) In the event of any disaster, and for the duration of the exigency, City and Borough contracts or purchases may be entered without regard to the procedures or formalities otherwise prescribed, when the object of the contract or purchase is to procure such services, supplies, equipment or materials as may be necessary to combat any disaster, or to protect and provide emergency assistance to victims of a disaster.

03.25.140 Emergency locations; governmental powers.

(a) Whenever, due to an emergency consistent with this chapter, it becomes imprudent, inexpedient or impossible to conduct the affairs of local government at the regular or usual place, or places thereof, the assembly may meet at any place within or without the City and Borough limits on the call of the manager or any four members of the assembly, and shall proceed to establish and designate by ordinance, resolution or other manner alternate or substitute sites or places as the emergency temporary location, or locations, of government where all or any part of the public business may be transacted and conducted during the emergency situation. Such sites or places may be within or without the territorial limits of the City and Borough, and may be within or without the state.

(b) During the period when public business is being conducted at the emergency temporary location, or locations, the governing body—including its boards, commissions, committees unless directed otherwise by the assembly—and other officers of the City and Borough shall have and possess, and shall exercise at such location all of the executive, legislative and judicial powers and functions conferred upon such body and officers by or under the Constitution or laws of the state, and the Charter and ordinances of the City and Borough. Such powers and functions may be exercised in the light of the exigencies of the emergency situation without regard to, or compliance with, time consuming procedures and formalities prescribed by rule or ordinance, and all acts of such body and officers shall be valid and binding as if performed within the territorial limits of their City and Borough.

03.25.150 Penalty.

(a) It is unlawful for any person willfully to obstruct, hinder or delay any member of the emergency management organization in the enforcement of any rule or regulation issued pursuant to this chapter, or do any act forbidden by rule or regulation issued pursuant to this chapter, or do any act forbidden by any rule or regulation issued pursuant to the authority contained in this chapter.

(b) A violation of this section is a Class B misdemeanor.

Section 3. Effective Date. This ordinance shall be effective 30 days after its adoption.

Adopted this 20th day of April, 2020.

Presented by: Mayor, Triem
Presented: 03/31/2020
Drafted by: R. Palmer III

RESOLUTION OF THE CITY AND BOROUGH OF JUNEAU, ALASKA

Emergency Serial No. 2888(b)(am)

An Emergency Appropriation Resolution Appropriating $3,000,000 to the Manager for Small Business Loans Administered by the Juneau Economic Development Council Related to COVID-19; Funding Provided by the Budget Reserve Fund Balance.

WHEREAS, consistent with Charter 9.10(b), upon declaration by the Assembly that a public emergency exists and describing the emergency in clear and specific terms, the Assembly by resolution may make emergency appropriation upon approval by all Assemblymembers present or by seven of its membership, whichever is the lesser number; and

WHEREAS, COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that can result in serious illness or death and is easily transmittable person to person; and

WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (“WHO”) declared the virus a pandemic; and

WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020, the State of Alaska declared a public health emergency in response to the anticipated outbreak of the virus in Alaska; and

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, President Donald J. Trump declared a national emergency in response to the virus pandemic; and

WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, the Assembly declared a local emergency in response to COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, on March 22, 2020, the City and Borough of Juneau (“CBJ”) received its first positive case of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, small business owners are experiencing financial hardship as the public adheres to the social distancing requirements, including mandatory quarantine for travelers from other states, to “flatten the curve” of the COVID-19 pandemic; and

WHEREAS, protecting small businesses from some of the adverse impacts of the COVID19 pandemic is in the public interest; and

WHEREAS, federal and state resources may be available too late to be of assistance to small businesses that need immediate cash flow; and

WHEREAS, failing to protect the economically vulnerable businesses from the severe loss of revenue would result in further adverse impacts to Juneau’s economic and social service network; and

WHEREAS, the Juneau Economic Development Council has offered their services to administer a small business loan for this COVID-19 public emergency.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE ASSEMBLY OF THE CITY AND BOROUGH OF JUNEAU, ALASKA:

Section 1. Emergency Appropriation. There is appropriated to the Manager the sum of three million dollars for a grant to the Juneau Economic Development Council (JEDC) that can only be used for administering small business loans consistent with this legislation.

Section 2. Source of Funds:
Budget Reserve Fund              $3,000,000.00

Section 3. Loan Purpose and Terms.

(a) Intent. The purpose of the loans administered by JEDC are to provide small businesses with working capital to bridge the time before federal or state monies are available. The absence of State or Federal assistance does not absolve the business owner for the responsibility to repay the loan.

(b) JEDC Loan Administration. The Manager is authorized to allocate an amount for administrative expenses to the JEDC for direct expenses not to exceed one percent of the loan amount. Loans may only be disbursed through December 31, 2020. Any CBJ grant funds made available to JEDC for this loan program but not loaned by December 31, 2020, shall be returned to the City and Borough of Juneau no later than February 16, 2021. JEDC shall return all loan payments collected no later than December 31, 2023. In addition to the JEDC and its assignees, if any, the City and Borough of Juneau also reserves a right to collect on any defaulted loan. The Manager shall provide updates to the Finance Committee or Assembly.

(c) The small business loans are subject to the following conditions:

(1) Term. The maximum loan term is 30 months.
(2) Interest. The interest rate for a loan shall not exceed 2%. Loans paid back within twelve months, will pay zero percent interest (interest payments will be refunded).
(3) Loan amount. A business with ten or fewer employees is eligible for a maximum loan amount of $25,000. A business with eleven or more employees is eligible for a maximum loan amount of $50,000. Employee count comes from the first quarter report of 2020. Loans may be made in one or two disbursements.  Second disbursement will be subject to basic assessment of borrower capacity to pay/financial need.
(4) Small business. A business with more than 25 employees during the first quarter of 2020 is not eligible for a loan.
(5) COVID-19. A business must demonstrate it is adversely impacted by COVID19 pandemic.
(6) Entity types. Any business entity is eligible, including but not limited to a for profit, a nonprofit, and a limited liability company, if the business was registered as a business in Alaska on January 1, 2020, and had a physical presence in Juneau, Alaska, on March 1, 2020.
(7) Multiple loans. No more than one loan may be extended to a business. A loan provided to a parent or subsidiary business disqualifies all other related parent or subsidiary businesses from qualifying for a loan.
(8) Collateral. No collateral is required to secure the loan.
(9) Sales and property tax compliance. A business with any sales or property tax delinquency as of March 1, 2020, is not eligible for a loan. A business that is fully compliant with a confession of judgment payment plan is eligible.
(10) Exceptions. JEDC, after receiving direction from the Manager, has the authority to make reasonable exceptions that match the intent of this
emergency loan program.
(11) Loan payment deferral. A business may elect to defer the first twelve months of payments.

Section 4. Effective Date. This resolution shall be effective immediately after its adoption.

Adopted this 1st day of April, 2020.

Presented by: Hale, Smith, Gladziszewski
Presented: 3/22/2020
Drafted by: R. Palmer III

RESOLUTION OF THE CITY AND BOROUGH OF JUNEAU, ALASKA

Serial No. 2885(b)(am)

A Resolution Mandating People in the City and Borough of Juneau Hunker Down Related to COVID-19.

A. WHEREAS, COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that can result in serious illness or death and is caused by the SARS-Cov-2 virus (“virus”), a new strain of the coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans and is easily transmittable person to person; and

B. WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (“WHO”) declared the virus a pandemic; and

C. WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020, the State of Alaska declared a public health emergency in response to the anticipated outbreak of the virus in Alaska; and

D. WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, President Donald J. Trump declared a national emergency in response to the virus pandemic; and

E. WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, the Assembly declared a local emergency in response to COVID-19; and

F. WHEREAS, as of March 20, 2020, the State of Alaska had 14 confirmed COVID-19 cases; and

G. WHEREAS, as of March 20, 2020, the State of Alaska had issued eight health mandates including closing schools until May 1, 2020; and

H. WHEREAS, as of March 20, 2020, the neighboring municipality of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough had three confirmed COVID-19 cases, which included a person that had recently traveled to the City and Borough of Juneau; and

I. WHEREAS, on March 20, 2020, the State of Alaska issued health mandate 7.1 that generally prohibited close contact with people by prohibiting personal care services and gatherings of ten or more people in two municipalities, including the Ketchikan Gateway Borough; and

J. WHEREAS, the City and Borough of Juneau is linked to the Ketchikan Gateway Borough by daily commercial air traffic; and

K. WHEREAS, this resolution is akin to an emergency declaration and is reasonable and necessary under the circumstances to protect the public health, welfare, and safety in the City and Borough of Juneau; and

L. WHEREAS, entities that provide services for unsheltered people are urged to make shelter space available as soon as possible and to the maximum extent possible in compliance with COVID-19 risk mitigation practices; and

M. WHEREAS, people particularly at risk of complications from COVID-19 include those 60 years and older and individuals of any age with a serious underlying medical condition. Household members of those who are at elevated risk should implement these more stringent guidelines as well, to the extent possible; and

N. WHEREAS, anyone particularly at-risk from COVID-19 should reduce exposure by staying at home, not physically going to work, and not doing their own shopping if possible; and

O. WHEREAS, this resolution shall have the same effect as a rule issued by the Manager pursuant to CBJC 03.25.040(b)(6).

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE ASSEMBLY OF THE CITY AND BOROUGH OF JUNEAU, ALASKA:

Section 1. This resolution may also be referred to as “CBJ COVID-19 Rule 1.”

Section 2. Stay Home Order. All people in the City and Borough of Juneau shall stay at home as much as possible, except to work in critical jobs, listed below; to buy, sell, or deliver groceries or other important goods such as those sold by critical businesses; to receive or provide health care; and to get fresh air without contacting others. On the limited occasions when individuals leave home, they should maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any person outside their household whenever possible. Individuals are also encouraged to practice recommended hygiene, including regular hand washing, monitoring for symptoms, refraining from visiting residences or participating in gatherings, staying home when sick, quarantining if possibly exposed to the coronavirus, and eliminating nonessential travel and trips to public places. Individuals experiencing homelessness are exempt from this order.

Section 3. Non-critical Business Closure Order. All non-critical businesses and entities must close their premises to the public; however, businesses and entities are encouraged to use telecommuting or work from home procedures.

Section 4. Transmission Minimization Order for Critical Businesses or Entities. All critical businesses or entities that remain open must enact significant measures to minimize the transmission of the coronavirus. Critical businesses or entities unable to enact or found to have not enacted significant measures to minimize the transmission of the coronavirus shall close their premises to the public. Significant measures to minimize the transmission of the coronavirus should include, but are not limited to adoption of telecommuting or work from home procedures, stringent hygiene and disinfecting practices, maximizing social distancing, minimizing unprotected contact between employees and members of the public and items or surfaces that employees and
members of the public come into contact with, requiring that employees stay home if sick, and prohibiting premises access to persons exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.

Section 5. Definition of critical business or entity. A critical business or entity includes the following regardless whether it is for profit, not for profit, or other entity:

(a) “Healthcare Operations” including hospitals, clinics, dentists, ophthalmologists and optometrists, chiropractors, pharmacies, medical laboratories, other healthcare facilities and providers, home healthcare services providers, mental health providers, companies and institutions involved in the research and development, manufacture, distribution, warehousing, or supplying of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology therapies, consumer health products, medical devices, diagnostics, equipment, services, or any related and/or ancillary healthcare services. “Healthcare Operations” also includes veterinary care and healthcare services provided to animals. “Healthcare Operations” does not include fitness and exercise gyms, massage therapy locations, or similar facilities;

(b) Businesses providing any services or performing any work necessary to the operations and maintenance of “Critical Infrastructure,” including, but not limited to, the barge services, public works construction, construction and maintenance of housing, airport operations, water, sewer, gas, electrical, utility, mineral production, roads and highways, trucking and shipping companies, public transportation, solid waste collection and removal, internet, and telecommunications systems;

(c) First responders, emergency management personnel, emergency dispatchers, court personnel, and law enforcement personnel;

(d) “Critical Government Functions” means the judiciary, the legislature, and all services needed to ensure the continuing operation of the government agencies that provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Federal, Tribal, and State of Alaska employees should follow direction of their employer regarding whether and where to report to work;

(e) Defense and national security-related operations supporting the U.S. Government or a contractor to the U.S. government;

(f) Grocery stores, supermarkets, food banks, marijuana retailers, liquor stores, convenience stores, and other similar establishments engaged in the retail sale of food, beverages, or other household consumer products (such as cleaning and personal care products, pet food, and pet supplies). This includes stores that sell groceries and also sell other non-grocery products, as well as stores that sell products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and operation of residences;

(g) Food manufacturing and cultivation, including fishing, hunting, farming, and livestock;

(h) Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged, unsheltered, or otherwise vulnerable individuals;

(i) Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services;

(j) Gas stations and auto-supply, auto-repair, towing companies, bicycle repair, and related facilities;

(k) Banks, mortgage companies, insurance companies, and related financial institutions;

(l) Hardware stores;

(m) Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and operation of residences and critical businesses;

(n) Businesses providing mailing and shipping services;

(o) Educational institutions for purposes of facilitating distance learning;

(p) Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers;

(q) Restaurants, bars, and breweries and other facilities that prepare and serve food and beverages, but only for delivery or carry out under the restrictions described in the State of Alaska Health Mandate 3;

(r) Businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home;

(s) Businesses that supply other critical businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate;

(t) Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods, or services directly to residences;

(u) Businesses that provide transportation services of passengers or goods, including the Alaska Marine Highway System;

(v) Home-based care for seniors, adults, or children;

(w) Hotels, residential facilities, and shelters for seniors, adults, and children;

(x) Professional services, such as legal or accounting services, that do not involve close personal contact or that are necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities, to complete time sensitive activities, or activities related to or caused by COVID-19;

(y) Labor union essential activities;

(z) Childcare facilities, subject to new recommendations for increased hygiene and social distancing. Childcare facilities should be used only by those who need childcare to work at a critical job; and

(aa) Funeral, mortuary, cremation, burial, cemetery, and related services.

Section 6. Procedural Due Process. If a business or entity is not listed above, and the business owner or authorized agent believes that the business or entity is critical or it is an entity providing critical services or functions, the business may request a determination from the Manager, or designee.

Section 7. Effective Date and Duration. Section 1 shall be effective immediately after this resolution is adopted. Sections 2-6 of this resolution shall be effective at 5:00 p.m. on March 24, 2020. A public service announcement shall be widely distributed providing public notice of the orders in this resolution. This resolution shall remain in effect for fourteen days and automatically expire at 10:00 p.m. on April 7, 2020.

Adopted this 23rd day of March, 2020.

Presented by: Hale, Smith, Gladziszewski
Presented: 3/22/2020
Drafted by: R. Palmer III

RESOLUTION OF THE CITY AND BOROUGH OF JUNEAU, ALASKA

Serial No. 2886(am)

A Resolution Mandating People Traveling into the City and Borough of Juneau Quarantine Related to COVID-19.

A. WHEREAS, COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that can result in serious illness or death and is caused by the SARS-Cov-2 virus (“virus”), a new strain of the coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans and is easily transmittable person to person; and

B. WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (“WHO”) declared the virus a pandemic; and

C. WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020, the State of Alaska declared a public health emergency in response to the anticipated outbreak of the virus in Alaska; and

D. WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, President Donald J. Trump declared a national  emergency in response to the virus pandemic; and

E. WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, the Assembly declared a local emergency in response to COVID-19; and

F. WHEREAS, on March 17, 2020, the State of Alaska issued health mandate 4, which required high risk travelers to quarantine for 14 days and required medium risk travelers to stay about six feet away from people; and

G. WHEREAS, on March 19, 2020, the Assembly adopted a motion encouraging the Governor to restrict non-essential travel to communities like the City and Borough of Juneau; and

H. WHEREAS, as of March 20, 2020, the neighboring municipality of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough had three confirmed COVID-19 cases, which included a person that had recently traveled to the City and Borough of Juneau; and

I. WHEREAS, on March 20, 2020, the State of Alaska issued health mandate 7.1 that generally prohibited close contact with people by prohibiting personal care services and gatherings of ten or more people in two municipalities, including the Ketchikan Gateway Borough; and

J. WHEREAS, on March 20, 2020, the State of Alaska issued health alert 9, which strongly advised travelers to take additional social distancing and quarantine measures and identified that 80 percent of proven COVID-19 cases originally came from out of state; and

K. WHEREAS, as of March 21, 2020, the State of Alaska had 17 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including six cases in Ketchikan; and

L. WHEREAS, the City and Borough of Juneau is linked to the Ketchikan Gateway Borough by daily commercial air traffic; and

M. WHEREAS, this resolution is akin to an emergency declaration and is reasonable and necessary under the circumstances to protect the public, health, welfare, and safety in the City and Borough of Juneau; and

N. WHEREAS, this resolution shall have the same effect as a rule issued by the Manager pursuant to CBJC 03.25.040(b)(6).

Now, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE ASSEMBLY OF THE CITY AND BOROUGH OF JUNEAU, ALASKA:

Section 1. This resolution may also be referred to as “CBJ COVID-19 Rule 2.”

Section 2. Traveler Quarantine Order. Any person traveling into the City and Borough of Juneau by vessel or airplane that came from outside of Alaska or that came from a community with known cases of COVID-19 is required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arriving at their destination and monitor for symptoms of illness. During travel and following the quarantine period, appropriate social distancing measures must be followed.

(A) Public Health Exception. People performing essential public health duties shall quarantine except as necessary to protect the health and safety of others.

(B) Critical Business or Entity Exception. People that are engaged in critical business or entities are exempt from the quarantine requirement and they are
still required to comply with all State health mandates. Critical business or entities are the following:

i. Transportation and logistics
ii. Agricultural operations, including fishing and fish-processing
iii. Energy, including oil and gas production
iv. Critical manufacturing
v. Raw material production for manufacturing, including mining and
timber
vi. Water, wastewater and sanitation
vii. Government functions
viii. Public safety and first responders
ix. Healthcare & Public Health
x. Financial Services
xi. Communications
xii. Defense

Section 3. Effective Date. This resolution shall be effective at 11:59 p.m. on March 22, 2020. This resolution shall remain in effect through April 16, 2020.

Adopted this 22nd day of March, 2020.

Presented by: The Manager
Presented: 3/16/2020
Drafted by: R. Palmer III

RESOLUTION OF THE CITY AND BOROUGH OF JUNEAU, ALASKA

Serial No. 2884

A Resolution of the City and Borough of Juneau Declaring a Local Emergency in Response to COVID-19 and a Request for State and Federal Assistance.

A. WHEREAS, COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that can result in serious illness or death and is caused by the SARS-Cov-2 virus (“virus”), a new strain of the coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans and is easily transmittable person to person; and

B. WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (“WHO”) declared the virus a pandemic; and

C. WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020, the State of Alaska declared a public health emergency in response to the anticipated outbreak of the virus in Alaska, and since the declara