Juneau Common Council Approves Assessments For Street Project

(Juneau) The Juneau Common Council Tuesday night approved assessments for property owners along Downie Drive and Leonard Avenue. Residents made three attempts to halt the inclusion of sidewalks in the $487-thousand-dollar project. Sidewalks are the only component of the reconstruction where individual homeowners must pay the entire cost. The property owners say the sidewalks would be seldom-used being on a dead end and a cul-de-sac. Nearly every property owner opposed the sidewalks during a public hearing in February and tried again most recently in June, threatening a lawsuit.  At that time, the council went into closed session to discuss the matter and emerged without taking any action. The sidewalk portion totals $77-thousand dollars, which is roughly 16-percent of the total project. Costs per homeowner range from $3000 to $8000.