Mayor's Minute podcast for Thanksgiving week
HAPPY THANKSGIVING ALL. This week on the Mayor's Minute, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss discusses the highlights of last night's Assembly meeting.
Among the topics:
• After testimony from some 30 residents, the Assembly adopted the Government Peak Recreation Area at Hatcher Pass. No amendment was made for motorized access in the Nordic Ski area. The Assembly adopted the plan unanimously. The plan is a blueprint for how and where recreational, commercial and residential development can dovetail to create a high-end residential community with year-round recreation at its doorstep.
• the go-ahead to buy 103 acres off Knik Goose Bay Road for a new middle school and high school near Knick Knack Mud Shack Road. Voters recently approved the schools for a region that has grown more than 110 percent over the last 11 years.
• the approval to buy four acres of land near the Mat-Su Regional Hospital for a new public safety building.
• the aptly named Neuter Scooter, a soon-to-be mobile neuter/spay ambulance will fund its decals to help generate support for hosting clinics in remote locations.
• residents who heat their home with wood can buy up to six cords of wood on specific borough lands for low cost now instead of three cords. A permit is required from the Land Management Division.
• the Borough hires a new lobbyist...Harris Consulting with former Alaska Speaker of the House of Representatives John Harris.
• the Mayor discusses community concerns over the relocation of "felony flats" and the amending of the ordinance on the multi-family development design standards.