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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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Studded Tire and Pothole Information

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Studded Tires:

It is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle with studded tires on a paved highway or road from May 1st through September 15th, inclusive, north of 60° North Latitude (all communities north of Ninilchik) and

It is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle with studded tires on a paved highway or road from April 15th through September 30th, inclusive, south of 60° North Latitude (Anchor Point, Homer, Kodiak and cities and towns in Southeast Alaska), except that at any latitude on a paved portion of the Sterling Highway a person may not operate a motor vehicle with studded tires from May 1st through September 15th, inclusive.

Reporting Potholes:

WARNING: Water and asphalt do not mix. Potholes result when water gets into and under asphalt. Motorists should reduce speed while driving through all puddles especially large puddles. We have had many reports of flat tires due to drivers driving too fast through puddles and hitting unseen potholes. Report potholes promptly to the nearest maintenance station in your area.

To report potholes on major state routes:

Mat-Su: 907-745-2159

To report potholes on local roads:

Mat-Su Borough: 907-745-9826

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Open House for the Big Lake Road Pedestrian Improvements Study

Public NoticesSubmitted by Taryn Oleson

The DOT&PF is conducting a study to identify and plan for pedestrian and other non-motorized user safety on Big Lake Road. Please join us at the open house on Thursday, October 12th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm to learn about draft recommendations for improving pedestrian safety in Big Lake. Visit the project website http://www.biglakepedestrianstudy.com/

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Port Mac Rail's 32 miles closed to Travel, Criminal Activity cited

Public NoticesFrom MSB

The Port MacKenzie Rail Extension’s 32-mile embankment is closed to travel. Responsible residents do not trespass. Please stay out of the 200-foot wide right of way for the rail embankment. Check in with landowners before you go out and recreate or hunt on their lands.

The Rail Extension from Port MacKenzie to Houston is an ongoing Southcentral Alaska transportation project. Matanuska-Susitna Borough officials meet regularly with agencies and natural resource companies who look to invest in Port MacKenzie. The entire rail extension is owned by the Mat-Su Borough including the embankment, bridges, culverts, and the 200-foot wide right of way. Even the farthest north portion, Segment 6, which has a working rail siding for the Alaska Railroad, is owned by the Mat-Su Borough. See the construction map posted here.

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2017 Chulitna River PUFA

Public NoticesThe Chulitna River Personal Use Firewood Area for mixed sawtimber is available on a first come first served basis beginning Thursday, February 8, 2017. Access to this site is from the Parks Highway just past MP 122. A $25 permit is required and may be obtained from the Land & Resource Management Division between the hours of 8am-5pm, Mon-Fri. beginning Thursday, February 8, 2017 at the Mat-Su Borough Administration Building, located at 350 E. Dahlia Avenue, Palmer; and at the Trapper Creek Library during normal business hours. Please contact the Trapper Creek Library at 861-7650 or TrapperCreek.Library@matsugov.us if you have any questions regarding their hours of operation. Please be prepared to provide the year, make, model and license number of all motorized vehicle(s) or trailers to be used while harvesting the timber when you go to get your permit.

The permit must be in your possession during the removal of wood from the site. The cost for each cord of wood is $25 with a maximum of TEN cords per household per year from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

The permit will expire after all available wood has been removed but no later than December 31, 2017. Please call the Land & Resource Management Division at 861-7869 if you have any questions.

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2017 Moose Creek PUFA

Public NoticesThe Moose Creek Personal Use Firewood Area for mixed sawtimber is available on a first come first served basis beginning Friday, February 8, 2017. Access to this site is at approximately MP 7.5 of West Petersville Road from the Parks Highway. The site is on the North side of Petersville Road and is only open for winter harvest (provided there is sufficient snow cover to protect vegetation as determined by the MSB/LMD). Please contact the MSB to determine if the snow cover is sufficient prior to entering the area.

A $25 permit is required and may be obtained from the Land & Resource Management Division between the hours of 8am-5pm, Mon-Fri. at the Mat-Su Borough Administration Building, located at 350 E. Dahlia Avenue, Palmer. Permits may also be obtained at the Trapper Creek Library. Please contact the Trapper Creek Library at 861-7650 or TrapperCreek.Library@matsugov.us if you have any questions regarding their hours of operation. Please be prepared to provide the year, make, model and license number of all motorized vehicle(s) or trailers to be used while harvesting the timber when you go to get your permit.

The permit must be in your possession during the removal of wood from the site. The cost for each cord of wood is $25 with a maximum of TEN cords per household per year from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

The permit will expire after all available wood has been removed but no later than December 31, 2017. Please call the Land & Resource Management Division at 861-7869 if you have any questions.

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Purinton Products Site – Conditional Use Permit

Public NoticesA Conditional Use Permit, under MSB 17.30 – Conditional Use Permit for Earth Materials Extraction Activities, has been submitted by Isaac Pearson on behalf of Purinton Products, LLC. The applicant is requesting the removal approximately 3,000,000 cubic yards through 2050. The total area of earth material extraction activity will occur on approximately 31.5 acres of the 37.56-acre parcel.

Location: 21252 W. Susitna Parkway (Tax ID# 16N04W03A005); within Township 16 North, Range 4 West, Section 3, Seward Meridian.

Applicant: Isaac Pearson, on behalf of Purinton Products, LLC

Property Owner: Franklin Paulson & Isaac Pearson

Approval Process: The Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing concerning the application on Monday, December 4, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in the Borough Assembly Chambers located at 350 E. Dahlia Avenue in Palmer. You are invited to attend.

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