September Talkeetna Community Council Meeting

By Whitney Wolff — The Talkeetna Community Council Inc. met Tuesday September 6th for their regular monthly meeting which included the annual nomination of candidates for threeboard seats becoming available in November .

The council board election will be held October 4th with the upcoming Mat Su Borough regular election. Council Board nominations were the first item under New Business and included four candidates: Ed Craver, Larry Dearman, Cary Birdsall and Rick Schreiber. Birdsall and Schreiber are currently serving on the board with terms expiring in November. Three candidates elected Oct. 4th, will begin their two year terms on the TCCI Board of Directors at the councilʼs Annual Meeting, November 7th, 2011.

The Oct. 4th community council ballot will also include an advisory voteconcerning the proposed Susitna-Watana Hydro project. The council is currently working to keep the community informed as the project develops and ensuring citizen participation in the process through meetings such as the recent August 29th agency panel discussion. In an effort to better serve the community, the council moved to add the question “ Do you support the building of the proposed Susitna Dam” to the ballot.

Other council business included a report from the Revenue Sharing Committee announcing the beginning of the fiscal year 2010 revenue sharing process. New applications are available at the Talkeetna Public Library, the Talkeetna Post Office and from the committee chair, Howard Carbone. The application deadline is October 14th and, following the selection process, the committee expects to have the funds distributed by the end of the year. Progress reports from the fiscal year 2009 revenue sharing awardees were also reviewed including Sunshine Transit, the Su Valley Moose Club, KTNA and the Talkeetna Cemetery.

Under unfinished business, the council revisited the need to contact Mat Su Borough Community Development Manager James King, and invite him to the October 3rd regular meeting to discuss local park improvements.

King is overseeing the $170,000 borough allocation for upgrades to three Talkeetna parks : Christiansen Lake Park, X&Y Lakes Park, and the Downtown park. The borough funds are currently designated for improvements such as picnic tables, grills, and signage, as well as possible reconstruction of the downtown pavilion and new informational kiosks.

The council has since arranged for King to be in Talkeetna Oct. 3rd when he will tour the three parks and participate in a community meeting at the Talkeetna Elementary School gym from 5-7 pm to discuss the improvements. The community is encouraged to attend and share their views of how to best utilize these funds.

King will also attend the councilʼs Oct. 3rd regular meeting at 7 pm, in the Talkeetna Elementary School.

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