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Local Boundary Commission (LBC) Notice of an LBC Public Meeting

Big Lake CityThe LBC will meet to convene a public meeting to consider a draft decision on the incorporation petition for Big Lake and other matters on July 16, 2015 10:00 a.m., at the Atwood Building, 550 W. 7th Ave., Rm. 1656, Anchorage, AK 99501. It will be available via teleconference by calling 1-800-315-6338, and using access code: 94587.

The agenda and other information concerning the public meeting may be obtained from the LBC website: http://commerce.state.ak.us/dnn/dcra/...ssion.aspx or by phone: 907-269-4587 or by email: LBC@alaska.gov.
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Local Boundary Commission Approves Petition to Incorporate Big Lake as a 2nd Class City

Big Lake CityA Public Hearing regarding the proposal to incorporate Big Lake as a 2nd Class City was held on 23 June 2015 at The Big Lake Rec Center. The Big Lake Times was present to cover the hearing.

The primary purpose of this hearing was to present to the LBC (Local Boundary Commission) testimony on various issues that would help the LBC decide to approve or deny the petition to incorporate Big Lake.

There were 60 chairs set out for members of the public, and almost every seat was filled. One of the LBC staff said they did not expect such a large turnout. The hearing began shortly after the scheduled start time of 2:30 p.m., delayed for a few minutes while audio issues were worked out. Members of the LBC were present, with other LBC members participating by teleconference.

After the formalities were completed, 6 witnesses presented testimony on various subjects to the LBC and the members of the public. Each were sworn in before testifying.

Full House at the Hearing Photo by Dennis Garrett

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Notice of Public Meeting: Incorporation of Big Lake as a City

Big Lake CityNotice of Public Meeting: Incorporation of Big Lake as a City.

This will probably be the last opportunity to make your voice heard.

WHEN: Tuesday 23 June 2015 @ 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Big Lake Rec Center

Related articles may be found under this topic: Big Lake City

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Update on the Petition to Incorporate Big Lake as a City

Big Lake CityHere is the latest update on the petition to incorporate Big Lake as a 2nd Class City, from the Local Boundary Commission:

The commission met on April 15, 2015 in Big Lake and granted the petitioners from Big Lake’s request to split the petitions. The City of Houston’s petition for annexation was approved and now that draft decision will be approved or amended by the commission at a public meeting on May 5, 2015 at 10 a.m. in the Atwood Building here in downtown Anchorage in room 1620. It will also be available via teleconference if you are interested by calling 1-800-315-6338 and using access code 94587.

The Big Lake petitioners asked for the commission to consider changing their recommendation from 2.57 mills of property tax to 3.09 to reflect the actual cost that residents currently pay to the Mat-Su Borough, and the borough will not be able or willing to collect if Big Lake incorporates. The commission granted this request and there will be a continuation of this hearing at a date that has not yet been determined. At that time, the commission will hear arguments and afterward convene a decisional meeting. Then they will meet again to approve the decision in a similar way to the meeting they are having for the Houston petition decision on May 5.

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Notice of LBC Public Comment Period and Public Hearing and Decisional Meeting

Big Lake CityState of Alaska
Local Boundary Commission (LBC)


Notice of Public Comment Period on the Final Report Concerning the Houston Annexation Petition and the Big Lake City Incorporation Petition
and
Notice of an LBC Public Hearing and Decisional Meeting Regarding the Houston Annexation Petition and the Big Lake City Incorporation Petition.

The Local Boundary Commission (LBC or commission) staff final report concerning the petition to incorporate the community of Big Lake as a second class city, and the petition to annex to the City of Houston was released on March 6, 2015. Procedures governing departmental reports are set out in 3 AAC 110.530. The report recommends that the LBC approve the Houston annexation petition without amendment or condition.

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Reminder: Assembly Special Meeting Re: Discussion On The Big Lake Incorporation

Big Lake City"There is a special meeting of the Borough Assembly about the Big Lake incorporation effort that will be held in Palmer at 4 PM Tuesday, April 7th. It will be very informative and a great lead-in to the public hearing with the State Boundary Commissioners scheduled for April 15th at 1 PM at the Big Lake Lions club rec center. Hope to see you at one or both of these, Jim"

Assembly Special Meeting Re: Discussion On The Big Lake Incorporation

When: Tue, April 7, 4pm –

Where: Assembly Chambers , Palmer

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Another opportunity to comment on the Big Lake City proposal

Big Lake CityThe State of Alaska LBC (Local Boundary Commission) has released a "Notice of Public Comment Period on the Final Report Concerning the Houston Annexation Petition and the Big Lake City Incorporation Petition and Notice of an LBC Public Hearing and Decisional Meeting Regarding the Houston Annexation Petition and the Big Lake City Incorporation Petition." The comment period is open, and there will be a meeting in Big Lake.

The Local Boundary Commission (LBC or commission) staff final report concerning the petition to incorporate the community of Big Lake as a second class city, and the petition to annex to the City of Houston was released on March 6, 2015. Procedures governing departmental reports are set out in 3 AAC 110.530. The report recommends that the LBC approve the Houston annexation petition without amendment or condition.

The LBC staff final report also recommends that the commission condition the proposed Big Lake incorporation upon voter approval of a proposition authorizing the city to levy a 2.57 mil rate real property tax. The staff also recommends that the commission amend the boundaries of the proposed city of Big Lake by reducing the size to approximately 76.8 square miles. A map with the recommended boundaries is shown below. [See attachment link]. This is the same rate we pay in taxes now, and I was assured there would be no new taxes.

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Assembly Special Meeting Re: Discussion on the Big Lake Incorporation

Big Lake CityThe Mat-Su Borough will be having an Assembly Special Meeting Re: Discussion on the Big Lake Incorporation
When: Tue, March 17, 4:30pm –
Where: Assembly Chambers in Palmer.
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Reminder: City of Big Lake and Big Lake Library Public Forum is Today

Big Lake City"Hello,

I am inviting you to the Big Lake Library Advocates meeting on Saturday, January 10th at 10:00 AM. Taking place in the meeting room of the Library.

I have invited Assemblyman Dan Mayfield and also Jim Faiks with Big Lake Incorporation group to talk with us about the affect might be for the Big Lake Library if Big Lake were to become a City. This could happen and I believe our community's library is important to this community and it would be sad if we could not have that resource in Big Lake.

Please join us this coming Saturday at 10:00 AM at the Big Lake Library meeting room. This time is before the library opens and the meeting room will be open, restrooms also, all other closed until 11:00 AM.

Also, if you know of anyone that might be also interested in hearing about this let them know or bring them with you. Hope to see you there.

Marguerite Bogert
President "

Related article: To Be or Not To Be: The City of Big Lake, Alaska
http://thebiglaketimes.com/article.ph...8121607603
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City of Big Lake and Big Lake Library

Big Lake CityHello,

I am inviting you to the Big Lake Library Advocates meeting on Saturday, January 10th at 10:00 AM. Taking place in the meeting room of the Library.

I have invited Assemblyman Dan Mayfield and also Jim Faiks with Big Lake Incorporation group to talk with us about the affect might be for the Big Lake Library if Big Lake were to become a City. This could happen and I believe our community's library is important to this community and it would be sad if we could not have that resource in Big Lake.

Please join us this coming Saturday at 10:00 AM at the Big Lake Library meeting room. This time is before the library opens and the meeting room will be open, restrooms also, all other closed until 11:00 AM.

Also, if you know of anyone that might be also interested in hearing about this let them know or bring them with you. Hope to see you there.

Marguerite Bogert
President
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To Be or Not To Be: The City of Big Lake, Alaska

Big Lake CityThe Question seems simple enough: Should Big Lake transition from an unincorporated Community to a 2nd Class Alaskan City, or not? If so, why, and if not, why not? In my informal discussions of this topic with residents, business owners, and members of the community, many questions have been raised. Because of the importance of this action to the Big Lake Community and the Valley, we'll provide some information that you may not have heard about. We'll also attempt to translate the legalese for you.

This is a rather long article, but a very important subject. Feel free to make your voice heard, anonymous comments to this article are enabled.

First, some background:

From the LBC report: "The Petition to the Local Boundary Commission for Incorporation of Big Lake as a Second-Class City within the Organized Borough using the Local-Option Method (Big Lake petition) was submitted to LBC staff on October 17, 2013. It was returned to the petitioners to gather more valid signatures, and to address deficiencies within the petition. After the petitioners addressed those, the department accepted the petition for filing on July 24, 2014."

A question that has been asked of me numerous times is "Who signed the petition, and where was it circulated?"

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Public Notice: Concerning the petition to incorporate a Big Lake city UPDATED

Big Lake CityNOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ON THE PRELIMINARY REPORT WITH RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE LBC CONCERNING THE HOUSTON ANNEXATION PETITION AND THE BIG LAKE CITY INCORPORATION PETITION

LOCAL BOUNDARY COMMISSION PUBLIC NOTICE

NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ON THE PRELIMINARY REPORT WITH RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE LBC CONCERNING THE HOUSTON ANNEXATION PETITION AND THE BIG LAKE CITY INCORPORATION PETITION

The Local Boundary Commission (LBC) staff preliminary report concerning the petition to incorporate a Big Lake city by local option and the petition for annexation to the City of Houston by unanimous consent will be released on December 17, 2014. The report recommends that the LBC approve the Houston annexation petition without amendment or condition. Per the Big Lake petitioner’s request, the LBC staff recommends that the LBC condition incorporation upon voter passage of a proposition authorizing the city to levy a three mil rate real property tax. The LBC staff also recommends that the LBC amend the boundaries of the proposed Big Lake incorporation by removing:

the territory proposed by the City of Houston annexation petition
territory north and west of Horseshoe Lake and north of the Papoose Twins Lakes
territory to the west of Burma Road and south of Diamond Lake,
territory east of Stephan Lake and Anna Lake.

A map with the recommended boundaries is shown below. The territory recommended for the Big Lake incorporation is now approximately 68 square miles. The territory proposed for the Houston annexation remains approximately 2.43 square miles.

(Note: There was no map with the notice-One will be posted when it is available.)
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Big Lake City News

Big Lake CityHere's the latest news on the move to incorporate Big Lake as a 2nd Class City (from the Big Lake Community Council Meeting Minutes):

"Jim Faiks, Petitioner for the Incorporation of Big Lake Second Class City stated the Local Boundary Commission would send a final decision on or before 12/18/14 indicating if the Petition has been accepted as presented. As required, as Petitioner, Jim has sent a Petitioner’s Brief for the Incorporation of Big Lake Second Class City to the Local Boundary Commission in response to 20 individuals who submitted Public Comments and Briefs to the Local Boundary Commission regarding the Petition.


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Big Lake chooses a bypass route

Big Lake CityThe Big Lake Community Council has selected Route 3A as its preferred route to move traffic from the proposed Knik Arm bridge around the community and onto the Parks Highway.


Map courtesy MSB.
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Big Lake City news

Big Lake CityFrom the Notice: Big Lake and Houston Petitions

Greetings,

Pasted below is the link to the filing of two separate petitions with the Local Boundary Commission to incorporate Big Lake as a second class city and to annex territory to the City of Houston. These two petitions affect the same boundaries and have been consolidated by the LBC chair under 3 AAC 110.430. The informational session, schedule, departmental reports, hearing, decisional meeting or other procedures will be consolidated.
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