On Wednesday, the Talkeetna Sewer and Water Advisory Board held a special evening meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to provide consumers with a public forum to speak to both Borough staff and elected officials. Many of the invitees canceled due to deteriorating road conditions, including the Borough staff who had planned to attend. The weather did not keep everyone away, however. State Senator Mike Dunleavy made the trip to Talkeetna, and listened to the concerns of both the Advisory Board and other community members. (more…)
Tuesday, October 1st, is election day in the Mat-Su Borough.
Polling places are open from 7 A-M to 8 P-M .
Polling places are:
Trapper Creek precinct: Trapper Creek Elementary School
Talkeetna precinct: Talkeetna Elementary School
Susitna precinct: Public Safety Building Station 11-2 on the Parks Highway
Willow precinct: Willow Community Center Included in the Borough-wide vote are three school board seats and two ballot propositions. (more…)
(Full audio of Borough Assembly meetings is streamed at Radio Free Palmer)
At Tuesday night’s meeting, the Mat-Su Borough Assembly voted five to two to negotiate a deal that would see the M/V Susitna placed into dry-dock in Port Mackenzie. Removing the eighty-million dollar ferry from the water is one of five options presented to the Assembly by Borough Manager John Moosey. Other options were to sell, operate, or scrap the ferry, or else continue under the current conditions, leaving the Susitna docked in Ketchikan. Moosey described what he envisions the dry-docking option as entailing. (more…)
Some residents in the Christiansen Lake area have received a notification from the Mat-Su Borough that a 93-acre parcel of land is being subdivided. The land includes a portion of the Talkeetna Lakes Park, and surrounds the entirety of ‘Y’ Lake and part of Christiansen Lake’s south shore. The Borough says there is no cause for concern, however. Nancy Cameron, Land Management Agent for the Mat-Su Borough, says that the division is part of a process that will allow the Borough to obtain complete control over the land. Cameron says that the land parcel was selected by the Borough as part of the Municipal Entitlement Lands project, and that while the state has allowed the Mat-Su to conduct the management of the land, it still technically belongs to the State of Alaska.
According to Cameron, the state issues specific survey requirements before the Borough can be granted complete ownership. In this case, they are requiring that the land be broken into five parcels. Cameron provided K-T-N-A with an email that she sent to Borough Assembly Member Vern Halter, where she explicitly states that the Borough intends to leave the land as park area. Cameron says the park land was prioritized for surveying so that the Borough could maintain full control of the land. She says that there is no plan for development other than for the Talkeetna Lakes Park.
Story by KTNA’s Melis Coady:
Matanuska-Susitna Borough voters will decide on October 1st whether to approve a 5 percent alcohol tax.
On July 16th, the Mat-Su Assembly voted 6 to 1 to suggest a tax on alcohol sales in bars, restaurants and liquor stores.
The ordinance is almost identical to one that is used in Fairbank’s North Star Borough.
It is estimated that the tax could bring in $1 million annually. The intention of the proposed tax was to find other sources of income to directly fund education and emergency services. (more…)
The debt of the Talkeetna water and sewage system is significantly higher than previously reported. On July 12th, KTNA reported, after the Sewer and Water Advisory Board meeting, that the debt owed to the Mat-Su Borough for shortfalls in operating expenses was around $300,000. At the meeting this Wednesday, Board chair Karen Schapansky said that the number is closer to $500,000, in addition to $160,000 borrowed from the Borough’s “revolving loan” process.
As a result of the consistent deficit of the sewer and water system, Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss plans to ask for a 10% rate increase for customers of the borough-run utility. A borough memorandum indicates that the ordinance will be introduced at the August 6th Assembly meeting. (more…)
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A single car rollover occurred at mile 77 on the Parks Highway Monday Morning. The driver, and sole occupant, Zachary Green, age 19, of Willow, was driving home after delivering newspapers and fell asleep while driving. Green was traveling Southbound when his 1983 Jeep pick-up truck crossed the centerline and the Northbound lane of travel before entering the ditch and rolled over. Green was pronounced deceased on scene
by Melis Coady
The Denali Brewing Company recently participated in the Mighty Matanuska Brewfest this past weekend at the state fairgrounds in Palmer, where they took home the People’s Choice award for the third year in a row with their Purple Haze blueberry beer. As KTNA’s Melis Coady tells us, Denali Brewing has more than one thing to celebrate this week.