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Big Lake Transfer Station Closure February 7-8, 2018

Public NoticesThe Matanuska-Susitna Borough Big Lake Transfer Station located at 13507 Hollywood Road will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday, February 7-8th 2018. The closure will provide staff time to attend Solid Waste Division quarterly required training and perform site maintenance designated to maintain standards and ensure regulatory compliance. If you have any questions or need further clarification, please contact Central Landfill during business hours 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday at 861-7602. For more information go to: https://www.matsugov.us/department/public-works#solidwaste or “Like” us on Facebook at Matanuska Susitna Borough Solid Waste Division.

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Public Notice: Alaskan Dream Marijuana Cultivation

Public NoticesHere is the public notice for Alaskan Dream LLC marijuana cultivation facility on Gonder Road in Big Lake:

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Troopers conduct Focused Enforcement

Public NoticesAs the holiday parties get into full swing keep in mind a plan to get home safe and sound. To help remind you to not drive impaired, the Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers will be conducting a high visibility enforcement effort, which starts Dec. 13 and lasts until the early morning hours of Jan. 1 of the new year.

The Department of Public Safety realizes that alcohol is a part of many festivities this time of year. If you plan on partaking, don’t drive. Please have a plan in place to not drive impaired. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign is done annually around the holidays to encourage the motoring public to keep safety in mind and to prevent this time of year from turning tragic.

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Warning: Stay off Big Lake - Thin Ice

Public NoticesThe ice on Big Lake is thin due to an insulating cover of snow. Please stay off the ice.

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Christmas tree cutting on state land

Public NoticesThis page provides information about cutting Christmas trees on state land in Alaska. Below you'll find links to information and maps for areas where cutting is allowed, as well as information from the Division of Forestry on how to care for your tree once you get it home. Click on the links below (in PDF format).

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Personal Use Christmas Tree Cutting Area

Public Notices

The 2017 Personal Use Christmas Tree Cutting Area opens November 23, 2017. Christmas tree cutting will be allowed on Borough land within the specified area. The area is located within the Jim Creek Recreation Area off of East Sullivan Avenue South of the new camping area and to the west of the Sexton Trail. The boundaries will be clearly marked with red and white candy strip flagging and signs.

No permit is required; instructions and a location map for the 2017 Personal Use Christmas Tree Cutting Area may be obtained from brochure boxes located at the Mat-Su Borough Administration Building, located at 350 E. Dahlia Avenue, Palmer and the Jim Creek Recreation Area Kiosk located off East Sullivan Avenue.

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State Winter Road Maintenance Priority Map

Public NoticesHere is a Winter Road Maintenance Priority Map. Source

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Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles Due to Failure to Discharge and Nozzle Detachment: One Death Reported

Public NoticesName of product: Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles

Hazard: The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.

Remedy: Replace

Recall date: November 2, 2017

Recall number: 18-022

For more information visit https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/kidde-recalls-fire-extinguishers-with-plastic-handles-due-to-failure-to-discharge-and

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Future MSB Transportation Projects Survey - 2017 (deadline: Nov. 15, 2017)

Public NoticesFrom MSB

What borough transportation projects are most important to you? With more than 600 responses already, this Future MSB Transportation Projects Survey is an excellent way for your voice to be heard and to help shape the borough's transportation future.

Thank you for taking this survey on transportation projects in the Mat-Su Valley. Meeting the ever-increasing transportation network needs of its residents has become significantly more challenging due to the State's revenue shortfalls, which has resulted in reduced state funding for boroughs and municipalities.

As stated by the Alaska Dispatch News (26 June 2017) ‘Local governments around Alaska depend on state funding much more than they did about a decade ago, and the impact of a state budget that has dwindled in recent years will likely force many communities to make changes to adapt. “It seems inevitable that local governments will need to either raise taxes or reduce services as aid from the state drops,” the ISER (Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of Alaska Anchorage) report said. Between 2012 and 2016, plummeting oil prices caused Alaska’s budget to decline 90 percent, the study explained. The last-minute budget the Legislature passed recently didn’t address measures to fix the state’s $2.5 billion budget deficit. A big reason for the study, said author and UAA economics professor Mouhcine Guettabi, was to get a better understanding of what the state’s budget crisis would mean at a local level all around the state. “Going forward, it’s difficult to imagine those dollars continuing to flow,” Guettabi said. “So where do local or borough governments go from here?”’

The following is a list of potential transportation projects identified by the Mat-Su Borough. The majority of these projects are on MSB-owned property, although some share right of way with the State.

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Big Lake Transfer Station Closure Nov 1st

Public NoticesFrom MSB

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough Big Lake Transfer Station located at 13507 Hollywood Road and will be closed on Wednesday, November 1st 2017. This closure provides staff working at the facility time to attend Solid Waste Division quarterly required training designated to maintain standards and ensure regulatory compliance. If you have any questions or need further clarification, please contact Central Landfill during business hours 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday at 861-7603. For more information go to: https://www.matsugov.us/department/public-works#solidwaste or “Like” us on Facebook at Matanuska Susitna Borough Solid Waste Division.

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