Anchorage Update
  June / 2010
Anchorage Alaska
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Welcome to the latest newsletter from the mayor's office. With the warm weather comes good news about flowers and clean streets, and announcements about how the Muni is using technology to improve customer service. As always, send feedback to
City Creates Flower Endowment Fund Anchorage mayor Dan Sullivan
Tourists rave about them. The mayor calls them a community treasure. Now downtown businesses, the municipality and gardening enthusiasts are teaming up to keep the city's flower beds and hanging baskets flourishing for years to come. The newly created City of Flowers endowment fund and first Festival of Flowers aim to involve the private sector in funding the city's beautification projects.
The Festival of Flowers, scheduled for Saturday, June 5, from 12 to 6 p.m. in Town Square Park, will feature several highlights, including art and flower auctions of several of the city's signature marigold and lobelia baskets that hang on Fourth Avenue, live music, garden education seminars, Town Square flower tours led by horticulturists, children's planting instruction, educational booths, and a raffle for a one-of-a-kind potting shed painted by renowned local artist Romney Dodd.
The event is the kick-off fundraiser for the endowment fund that also will benefit from private donations, flower sales and other activities.
"This is great news for citizens who enjoy the city's famously beautiful flower displays every summer," said Mayor Sullivan. "I'm particularly pleased that we are able to partner with private groups and organizations to maintain this service despite challenging budget times."
The Festival of Flowers is supported by Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. and the Anchorage Parks Foundation, both of which have donated staff time and funding.

Anchorage streets swept ahead of schedule
You're not imagining things if you think the streets seem clear of dust and gravel a little sooner this year. Mayor Dan Sullivan recently announced that because of improved coordination and newer, better maintained equipment, municipal streets have been swept faster than in years past. State environmental laws dictate that Anchorage's streets be swept three times every summer: the first sweep must be complete by June 1, the second by Aug. 1, and the third by Oct. 1. The first sweep was completed two weeks ahead of schedule.
"Our Street Maintenance employees deserve a lot of credit for working hard to remove the gravel from our streets this spring," said Mayor Dan Sullivan. "We're doing things better by being more efficient, and this proves it. My goal is to see more of these successes as we streamline city services."
Dan Southard, superintendent for the city's Street Maintenance & Operations division, says several factors led to the quick clean up. "We refined our program this year to make sure we had no wasted motion when sweeping our streets," said Southard. "The Fleet Maintenance division worked to make sure our equipment was up and running, and we worked 24 hours a day, seven days a week to get the job done. The fact that we ended up two weeks ahead of schedule is great news for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians."
Because state roads are maintained by the Alaska State Dept. of Transportation and other streets are serviced by private contractors, residents may still notice some gravel on certain roads. All roads under municipal jurisdiction, however, are clear. Information about which jurisdiction roads fall under can be found online on Street Maintenance's website: Click on "Maps" for a list of map links.
Roads, Trails Closed for Construction: Please Observe Signs and Detours
Road construction crews recently have been hampered in their work by pedestrians and bicyclists entering closed areas.  City officials would like to remind citizens that construction signage applies to pedestrians and bicyclists as well as motor vehicles.  Entering these areas can be dangerous, is illegal, and diverts workers' efforts to complete their projects and jeopardizing their safety.
Of note is the new bypass known as Martin Luther King Blvd., that will connect Elmore Road (at 48th) and Boniface Parkway. Workers report that walkers and cyclists are using the uncompleted roadway and the Tour of Anchorage Trail that passes under the roadway that is closed for the duration of construction.  Several cyclists have reportedly ignored flaggers and put themselves in considerable danger. Several individuals also recently were observed and cited for moving construction signs in the parking area of the ball fields just south of Animal Care and Control.  It is a citable violation to move street signs without authority to do so.
The other trail that is experiencing intermittent closure is the footbridge over Northern Lights Blvd. near Goose Lake.  It is closed during daytime work hours because of construction and heavy equipment in that area. Trail users are encouraged to cross Northern Lights only at the nearby crosswalks and to observe the crossing signals.
Bus passes, dog licenses now available for purchase online
In an ongoing effort to modernize its customer service functions, municipal dog licenses are available at by clicking on the "Licensing Your Dog" link. Current rabies vaccination certificates, spay/neuter certificates (if applicable), and a credit card are necessary to make the purchase.

Animal Control officials hope the easier online process will encourage more people to license their dogs. Licensing can help in the return of runaway or lost animals.

"The more dogs that are licensed, the more dogs that are going to be returned to their families," said Brooke Taylor, public coordinator for Animal Care and Control.

Bus passes are also available on the municipal website at "We want to make riding the bus easy," says Jody Karcz, public transportation director. The new process "will allow people to buy passes when it's convenient for them, in their own homes."
Be Bear Aware: City website a resource for staying safe in Anchorage
The Municipality Of Anchorage has revamped its website detailing bear sightings and trail closures in the Anchorage area. The site,, allows citizens to submit online bear sighting reports, view bear activity maps and offers information about being safe in bear country.
Information on trail closures also will be posted on the site, although none is currently planned.
Internships available at City Hall 
A limited number of unpaid internships are available in the mayor's office this summer. For more information, email
Live @ The Library summer concert series kicks off June 1 
This summer, come out and enjoy the sunshine and great music on the Loussac lawn. A different concert will be held every Tuesday at noon starting June 1. Types of music represented at the weekly concerts include jazzgrass, big band, opera, Japanese drumming and more. For more information, visit the Library's facebook page at
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In This Issue
City Creates Flower Endowment Fund
Anchorage street swept ahead of schedule
Roads, Trails Closed for Construction
Bus passes, dog licenses now available for purchase online
Be Bear Aware
Internships available at City Hall
Live @ The Library summer concert series kicks off June 1

Mayor's Calendar

  • June 3
    Nine Star graduation

  • June 5
    Festival of Flowers
    Town Square Park

  • June 8
    Regular Assembly meeting

  • June 12
    National Get Outdoors Day Celebration
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