Anchorage Update
  March / 2011


Mayor Dan Sullivan

Spring has sprung, and break-up is thankfully almost behind us. The Municipality of Anchorage is in the midst of its own spring cleaning, so you'll notice street sweepers and clean-up crews around town as we work to give Anchorage a good scrubbing. It's been my honor to recognize both outstanding high school students and city employees in recent days, and the Mountain View Library recently won a national award, too. We're keeping an eye on what budget items the Legislature has planned for Anchorage, and citizens who want to donate to the City now have an easy option to do so. As always, send me any feedback to, or follow me on facebook or twitter


City street sweeping underway 


In a sure sign of spring, you may have noticed that city maintenance crews have begun sweeping our streets. They began on April 8, and the work continues. State law actually requires that all municipal and state-owned roads within the municipality be swept a total of three times per year. Currently, sweeping of municipal-owned roads is focused on arterial and collector-level roads. Following the completion of sweeping on those roads, street maintenance will begin sweeping residential roads. The starting point and direction of street sweeping on residential roads is rotated from year to year; this year, sweeping will begin in the north end of Anchorage and move in a southerly direction. Residents can go online to and check the street sweeping maps to track progress. And please, try to limit on-street parking in all areas during sweeping activities so our crews can finish the job as quickly as possible.

Tartan Day
Mayor Sullivan giving Tartan Day Proclamation on April 6.

Apply for a burn permit before beginning spring yard chores


Another sign that spring is here is the start of yearly yard-cleaning chores, which sometimes involves burning excess spruce bark beetle-killed wood. In order to keep this activity safe, the Anchorage Fire Dept. Wildfire Mitigation Office issues permits and guidelines. Updated information can be found on the Anchorage Fire Dept. website,, or citizens can call 267-5020 to hear a recorded daily update on burn conditions. Daily burn approval is dependent upon air quality, smoke dispersal, fire weather index, wind and regional fire activity, and burning is allowed between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. For more information, contact the AFD Wildfire Mitigation office at 267-4980 or at

Don Young
Representative Don Young addressing the Mayor's Enegry Task Force.

MOA Employees of the Year recognized at annual event


I've said it before, but it's worth repeating: Anchorage has some of the finest public servants anywhere working for our local government. Once a year, we take time to honor those employees who have gone above and beyond in fulfilling their duties.

Employee of the Year
The Work Unit of the Year Support Award winners, Asplund Facility Staff (Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility).

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Good News! Great Kids! awards banquet honors outstanding students


Every year, the Mayor's Office and the University of Alaska team up to recognize and reward ten local high school students. The awards, called Good News! Great Kids!, honor juniors or seniors who have succeeded in school and overcome a personal challenge. Additionally, the students pay tribute to their most inspirational teacher or mentor, who is then presented with the mayor's CREATE (Community Recognition for Educational and Teaching Excellence) award. 


Mayor Sullivan with the students and teachers at Good News Great Kids.

Photo: Dave Harbour,

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Mountain View Library earns LEED Gold certification


The Mountain View Library, which opened last September, recently was certified as LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council, one of the highest levels attainable for green building design. As one of the first LEED Gold buildings in Alaska, the Library is a leader in sustainability and building efficiency. Light is provided by 50,000-hour-lifespan LED lights, and daylight sensors automatically adjust illumination based on incoming daylight. Other features include indigenous vegetation in the landscaping, monitoring systems to enhance indoor air quality and low-emitting indoor materials.

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LEED Plaque
Mayor Sullivan, Senator Begich and Library Director Karen Keller at Mt. View Library plaque unveiling.

Citizens now have the option of donating to the MOA for additional services


During last year's Community Budget Dialogues we heard from citizens who asked to pay more to maintain certain city services. In addition, my office and Assembly members occasionally receive requests for help in donating to a particular city department. Until now, it was difficult to accommodate those requests. Recently our IT Department created a webpage that provides citizens a means to contribute additional amounts to services they feel are most worthwhile. The program, called GIFT Anchorage, utilizes PayPal and is up and running on the MOA website,

Chugach Power
Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell, Mayor Sullivan and Jim Nordlund at the groundbreaking for the Chugach Power Plant.

Internships at the Mayor's Office


A limited number of summer internships are available in the Mayor's Office. Please call 343-7100 or email for more information.

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Mayor's Calendar

  • April 25

    Lunch with Mirror Lake Middle School students for

    "Month of the Military Child"

  •  April 26

    Assembly meeting

  • April 27

    School Business Partnership Recognition Luncheon

  • April 28

    Shining Lights Award Banquet

    honoring Dennis McMillian

  • April 29

    Special Olympics Alaska Annual Auction

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