The Talkeetna Community Council met on Monday, September 9th at Talkeetna Elementary School. The meeting, normally held on the first Monday of each month, was moved back a week due to the Labor Day holiday.
The agenda started off with normal procedural issues, then moved on to discussion of the South Spur Special Use District, or SPUD. Alex Strawn, Permit Center Manager for the Mat-Su Borough, spoke to the Council and community regarding potential issues with the proposed library. Under the current SPUD, buildings are allowed a footprint of no more than 6,000 square feet. The proposed library comes in at nearly 8,000 square feet. Strawn came with a suggestion that the SPUD could be amended to allow for larger buildings as long as they were designated for “civic use.” After discussion involving many of the observers present, the Council voted to write a letter to the Borough expressing their support for the SPUD change. One council member, G. Denny, voted against the measure, saying that it was an example of a government making rules for private citizens, then allowing exceptions for itself. He suggested a better alternative would be abolishment of the regulations altogether. (more…)