News About Neighborhood Projects - From Senator Wielechowski
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Representing the neighborhoods of Mountain View - Muldoon - Russian Jack
State Capitol, Rm 115
Juneau, AK 99801
716 W 4th Suite 540
Anchorage, AK 99501
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Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The Governor announced yesterday which neighborhood projects he supports and which he has vetoed in the state's capital budget. Northeast Anchorage fared well in some respects, but lost funding for many projects we fought for. Thanks to all of you who pitched in to support these projects along the way.
On the bright side, we received:
- $964,000 to improve local roads,
- $2.5 million to upgrade neighborhood schools,
- $4 million to expand and upgrade a job training facility,
- $1 million to rehabilitate blighted property,
- $144,00 to repair local parks,
- $500,000 to renovate Safe Harbor housing for families in transition,
- $293,00 to prevent crime, help at-risk teens, feed hungry kids, and support community patrols, and
- $25,000 to improve our libraries.
Each of these will make Northeast Anchorage a better place to live. I am grateful to those of you who proposed these projects and wrote letters or made calls in support of them.
Unfortunately, the Governor cut funding for other important projects we worked hard for. He eliminated:
- $1.5 million for a new Muldoon Community Park
- $3 million to fix inadequate storm drainage in the area of Pine Street and 4th Avenue from Debarr Road to Boniface
- $1 million to relieve congestion and traffic where Muldoon Road meets the Glenn Highway
- $100,000 to make traffic and pedestrian safety improvements in Mountain View
The Governor pledged to cut $400 million from the capital budget and, as a result, all regions of the state lost funding. Funding was cut for critical statewide energy programs, such as weatherization, the Renewable Energy Fund and home energy rebates.
The good news is that the legislature put billions of dollars into savings, so we are living within our means. We also made many other investments into Alaska's infrastructure which will strengthen our economy and create jobs.
Senator Wielechowski and Representative Petersen
help to clean-up Ira Walker Park.
Our Annual Children's Book Drive is Now Underway!
Good news! We have kicked off this year's children's book drive. As many of you know, last year we gave away more than 5,000 books to families who might otherwise not have them. We are hoping to meet last year's goal and more at our 2011 book party, August 5th from 4-7 p.m., at the Garden Art Park in Mountain View.
Anyone wishing to donate new or gently used books can do so at the following locations:
- Anchorage Fred Meyer Stores, including the Northern Lights and Muldoon stores,
- Credit Union 1 at 824 West 8th Avenue, and
- Thread at 3350 Commercial Drive (on the corner of Mountain View and Commercial Drive).
Please mark your calendars and join us on August 5th for the book party. There will be live music, snacks, story time, free cars seats, and a musical instrument petting zoo.
As always, if you have any questions, feel free to call my office at 269-0120.
Best wishes to all of you for a great summer.
Alaska State Senator
District J - Anchorage
Posted: July 5, 2011