Anchorage Update
  July / 2010
Anchorage
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Welcome to the latest newsletter from City Hall. This edition is full of information about how to get involved in the city's budget planning process, upgrades and closures at several local parks, and opportunities to weigh in on the Title 21, the municipality's development plan.  As always, send any feedback to mayor@muni.org or follow me on facebook or twitter. Have a safe and happy holiday weekend.
Dates, locations for community budget conversations announced
Anchorage mayor Dan SullivanDates and locations for "Anchorage Matters: Tough Budget Choices," a series of community budget discussions, have been established. As previously announced, the Municipality of Anchorage faces another challenging budget year in 2011 that will require the mayor and Assembly members to make difficult decisions. In order to solicit feedback from the community before the budget plan is announced, several community discussions will be held across town.

The schedule is:
 

Tues., Aug. 3 at the Dimond Center Hotel from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 4 at the Embassy Suites Hotel from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Tues., Aug. 10 at the Eagle River Lions Club from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 11 at the ASD Headquarters Bldg. from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
 
Citizens interested in participating in the budget discussions should contact mayor@muni.org for more information.

Final comments about the city's development plan (Title 21) due soon
As the Title 21 rewrite process nears the finish line, members of the public are encouraged to submit final feedback and comments to the municipality. The Title 21 Rewrite Project was started in 2002, and is a major implementation action of Anchorage 2020:  Anchorage Bowl Comprehensive Plan. Previously, the last complete rewrite of the code occurred in 1969. Major goals for the project include modernizing the code to implement comprehensive plans; addressing community and developer concerns; restructuring and reformatting to improve the code's organization and make it more user-friendly; improving the quality and efficiency of new development. The rewrite project has produced four major drafts with each including revisions based on extensive community feedback on the previous draft.
 
As of now, all but one chapter of the rewrite has been provisionally adopted by the Assembly. The goal is to adopt the new Title 21 code by the end of 2010.  Members of the public who want to weigh in should send comments to title21@muni.org by July 31.
Two popular parks to be upgraded, will close periodically during construction
As part of the mayor's promise to repair and upgrade existing municipal facilities and with help from legislative appropriations and voter-approved park bonds, Valley of the Moon and Jewel Lake parks will soon receive much-needed facelifts.  Construction is scheduled to begin July 7 at Valley of the Moon and July 10 at Jewel Lake, with work extending through September. 
 
The following highlights park improvements and expected closures. 
 
Valley of the Moon Park
Upgrades to playground equipment, improvements to accessibility and a second picnic shelter will be added for the benefit of park users.  Updated signage for the park entrance, an addition of a picnic plaza with picnic tables and coal disposal bins also will be installed.
 
The Chester Creek trail and lawn at Valley of the Moon Park will remain open through the summer; however, areas closed to the public between July 7 and Sept. 30 include the playground and picnic shelter construction zone near the baseball field.  
 
Jewel Lake Park
Rebuilding and relocation of the worn lifeguard stands, and underground electric and phone hardware for the lifeguard station will improve public safety at the beach.  In addition, a paved walkway will enhance pedestrian access into the park.  Most notably, the picnic shelter will receive an expanded paved plaza extending beyond its existing roofline, allowing use of the facility by more park visitors while eliminating the muddy, over-used area adjacent to the facility.
 
Because of the configuration of the park and work concentrated around the entrance, Jewel Lake Park will be completely closed during construction, scheduled July 10 through Sept. 30.
Alaska Meth Education Project warns citizens of dangers of meth use
meth educationThe Municipality's Alaska Meth Education Project has the goal of preventing youth from trying meth and educating all Alaskans about the dangers of meth.  To reach this goal, the AME Project is working with community partners to deliver meth prevention presentations in Anchorage and communities across the state.
 
Last Sunday marked International Day against Substance Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.  In honor of this event, the AME Project was present at local libraries sharing information about substance abuse prevention resources available in Anchorage as well as information about illicit drug trafficking in Alaska. Residents learned about the important role of prevention and education in reducing demand for illegal drugs.
 
While the number of meth labs in Alaska has dropped dramatically, meth, like other drugs, still arrives in Anchorage from outside sources.  In 2009, the amount of methamphetamines seized by law enforcement grew by 438 percent.
 
To read more about the AME Project, visit the website at www.alaskamethed.com
 
The project is currently funded by the U.S. Dept. of Justice Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Grant. Since its creation in 2006, the AME Project has also been supported by a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant secured in Congress by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Rep. Don Young, and then - Sen. Ted Stevens.
Independence Day Weekend Reminder:  Fireworks and Pets Don't Mix
kodaAs the holiday weekend approaches, staff at Anchorage Animal Care Control Center remind citizens that July 4th celebrations can be a potentially dangerous and frightening time for pets.  While fireworks are not allowed within the Municipality of Anchorage, many people travel with their pets to see family, camp, and otherwise enjoy the holiday.  Residents can help ensure the health and safety of pets by following these tips:
  • Keep pets in a secure and quiet setting like a residence (make sure all windows and doors are closed);
  • Turn on a television or radio to mask the noise of fireworks, helping keep the pet calm;
  • Be certain that pets have a current MOA dog license, a current identification tag and rabies tag securely fastened to their collar;
  • In the unfortunate event that a pet does escape, check with Anchorage Animal Care and Control Center ASAP; and 
  • While the Animal Care and Control Center can be reached by phone at 343-8122, it is always best to come in person to look for a lost dog every two to three days, as no one can identify a pet better than its owner.
Issue: 7
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In This Issue
Community Budget Conversations
City's development plan (Title 21)
Popular parks to be upgraded
Alaska Meth Education Project warns citizens
Fireworks and Pets Don't Mix

Mayor's Calendar

  • July 7
    F-15 ride with the 3d Wing 19th Fighter Squadron
  • July 10
    Eagle River Bear Paw Festival
  • July 13
    Regular Assembly mtg.
  • July 14
    Project Homeless Connect

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