by Lorien Nettleton ~ December 5th, 2012
The Talkeetna Community Council accepted the recommendations of the Revenue Share Committee for the distribution of 26,900 dollars in funds from the State to local projects to improve the community. Seven local residents that made up the committee heard the appeals of all eleven proposals on Monday, November 19th, and deliberated thoroughly on what to do with the money.
Out of the 11 applications received and a total requested amount of more than $50,000 the Committee recommended funding eight projects in whole or in part, and three projects were eliminated by the committee.
An awareness campaign about Special Use District codes was awarded three-thousand dollars, but is contingent upon the Talkeetna Community Council’s Spud Committee in order to be fully credible to the community, and all materials the Campaign produce should be reviewed by the Borough land use planning staff.
Friends of the Talkeetna Library received $2,325 for laptop charging station and a storage cart. The library currently doesn’t have an effective way to charge it’s rental laptops.
Upper Susitna Senior Center was awarded $3,450 for its Meals on Wheels Program.
Sunshine Transit was awarded $4,425 for operating budget, and also received a letter from the Talkeetna Council supporting their request to the ALASKA DOT for matching funds.
Upper Susitna Food Pantry received $5,000 for food and transportation costs.
The Senior Center, Sunshine Transit, and Upper Susitna Food Pantry had all asked for more money than they were ultimately awarded, and the Committee allocated a portion of the funds requested because each of the organiations were requesting operational funds for services that cover the three Community Council areas in the region. The committee explained that they felt the participation of the neighboring councils should be sought to support those programs.
KTNA was awarded $1,200 for a business office computer, and the Upper Susitna Soil and Water Conservation Center was awarded $4,000 for Youth Conservation Corps activities, including maintenance of Talkeetna Village Park.
The Coalition for Susitna Dam Alternatives was not awarded the $5,000 they requested for outreach, because the Revenue Share Committee felt a lobbying and advocacy campaign was not an appropriate use of revenue sharing funds. The Northern Susitna Institute had requested $12,005 for a green remodel of their building, but the committee was reluctant to support it because NSI’s ownership of the building was still uncertain. And RG Denny’s request for funding in support of Talkeetna Townsite flood protection was denied funding because the Committee felt that though the rationale for the proposal was strong, the project was not well-enough developed to move forward.
All funds are dependent upon approval from the Borough, and funding recipients still have paperwork