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Monday, October 16 2017 @ 06:02 PM AKDT


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UPDATE: Public Notice: Proposed Purchase of Flat Lake Access

Public NoticesUpdate contributed by Rep. Dan Mayfield

"I'm very happy to report that the Mat-Su Assembly approved the purchase of the Flat Lake access this evening at our regular meeting. This purchase ensures that this overland passage will continue to provide a safe public access to Mud Lake and Flat Lake, provide access to trails and promote commerce in our community in perpetuity. Having worked on this result for many years now, even before I was on the Assembly, I am very pleased with this decision. I expect the Borough will host a ribbon cutting event in the following weeks, after closing on the purchase. Please keep your eye out for the invitation.

Very Best Regards,

Dan Mayfield

Mat-Su Assembly

District 5"

Flat Lake Map, source AKDF&G

Previously contributed

Submitted by Rep. Dan Mayfield

MSB Ordinance Serial Number 17-060 is coming up for public hearing and deliberation at the next regular Mat-Su Borough Assembly meeting on June 6th at 6:00 PM in Palmer. This ordinance is sponsored by me and if approved, will appropriate $71,300 from the Land Management Reserve to purchase the land immediately adjacent to the Flat Lake Channel from the Mental Health Trust. The purpose of the purchase is to dedicate this land as a public use transportation corridor within the Big Lake Community. The purchase price is significantly below market value and will provide public access to property owners and visitors in perpetuity.

Here's a little background:

Big Lake is connected to two other lakes via small water channels that were put in by the Army Corp of Engineers in the 60s and 70s. From East to west, you have Big Lake, connected to Mud Lake, connected to Flat Lake by these water channels. The land immediately adjacent to the Mud Lake channel was previously owned by the Mental Health Trust and the land immediately adjacent to the Flat Lake channel is currently owned by the Mental Health Trust.

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Public Notices: MSB 2017 Competitive Sealed Bid Land Sale

Public Noticesfrom MSB

Parcels that are new on the market are offered through a Competitive Land Sale. A minimum bid is established for each parcel and the qualified party who offers to purchase the property for the highest amount, at or above the minimum bid price, shall be named the successful bidder. See brochure for specific details.

Parcels that are not sold through the Competitive Land Sale will be made available through future Over-the-Counter Land Sales. These parcels are offered on a sealed bid / competitive basis for the purchase price listed in the brochure.

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Public Notices: Draft Herning Trail Concept Plan

Public Noticesfrom MSB

Re-establishing the Historic Herning Trail

The Mat-Su Trails and Parks Foundation has partnered with the Knik Chapter of the Iditarod Trail Blazers, Big Lake Trails, Inc., the City of Houston, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska DNR, the National Park Service, and Valley Mountain Bikers and Hikers to re-establish the historic Herning Trail to celebrate our Borough's history and enhance outdoor recreation and economic opportunities. In the 1990s, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources mapped an RS2477 easement for the Herning Trail, running from the historic townsite of Knik to Houston. The Herning Trail project team has prepared a draft Historic Herning Trail Concept Plan for review and posted it on the borough webpage. Please review the draft plan to learn more about the history and future of the historic Herning Trail. For more information about the project, visit Thank you for your help in creating a world-class trails system in the Mat-Su Borough!

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Public Notices: Purinton Products Site – Administrative Material Extraction Permit

Public Noticesvia Email

An administrative permit, under MSB 17.30 – Conditional Use Permit for Earth Materials Extraction Activities, has been submitted by Isaac Pearson on the behalf of Purinton Products, LLC. The applicant is requesting the removal up to 7,000 cubic yards annually through 2018. The total area of earth material extraction activity will occur on approximately 12.8 acres of the 37.56 acre parcel.

Location: 21252 W. Susitna Parkway (Tax ID# 16N04W02A005); within Township 16 North, Range 4 West, Section 3, Seward Meridian.

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

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Public Notices > Ficklin Pit Earth Materials Extraction Permit

Public NoticesThe Matanuska-Susitna Borough has received an application for an Administrative Permit for earth materials extraction under MSB 17.30.030(A)(1). The site is located at 20806 W. Fox Loop, Big Lake (MSB Tax ID# 6265B02L003 & 6265B02L004); within Township 16N, Range 04 West, Section 03, Seward Meridian. The Administrative Permit is for two years to allow the extraction of 6,000 to 9,000 cubic yards in the first year in Phase II, and 10,000 to 15,000 cubic yards during the second year for Phase I.

The plan of operation is seasonal typically running from April to November. The total area of activity will occur on two adjoining lots in Robertson Acres on Lot 3 consisting of 5.81 acres, and Lot 4 consisting of 2.19 acres. The total acreage of the combined lots is 8 acres with 5.29 scheduled to be mined.

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Five Year Timber Harvest Schedule 2017-2021

Public NoticesSuggested by a Big Lake Community Council Member

Pursuant to MSB Code 23.20.090, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough (Borough), Land and Resource Management Division, is providing a draft of the 2017-2021 Five Year Timber Harvest Schedule (Schedule) for public review and comment. Links to the Schedule are available on the Boroughs Public Notice page at and on the Borough's Resource Sales page at

Copies of the Schedule are being sent to all affected Community Councils, and all Borough Assembly Members. Written public comments are due no later than May 26, 2017. After review of the written public comments, including any changes that are addressed as a result of the comments received; the final draft Schedule and written public comments will be forwarded to the Borough Planning Commission and Assembly for their consideration.

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Big Lake Airport Master Plan – Public Meeting No. 2

Public Noticesvia Email

Project: Big Lake Airport Master Plan – Public Meeting No. 2

Date: Monday, May 8, 2017

Time: 7:00 - 9:00 P.M., 7:30 P.M. - Presentation

Where: Big Lake Recreation Center - 2942 S Lions Ct, Wasilla, AK 99654

This second public open house will provide the public and stakeholders with preliminary airport development alternatives for review.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) is completing the Big Lake Airport Master Plan, with the help of DOWL, an airport planning firm. The Master Plan will map out a 20-year plan for airport development.

Airport users, neighbors and other stakeholders are invited to participate in the planning process. Members of the project team will be available to provide information. Comments received during the meeting will be considered in the Master Plan. All future communications for this project will be via email.

For more information on the Master Plan process, visit project website:

To submit a comment to the project team, email:

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Public Notice - Acquisition, Big Lake

Public NoticesSubmitted by a Reader

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough (MSB), Land & Resource Management Division, proposes to acquire Government Lot 16 (MSB Tax #17N04W27C020) from the Mental Health Trust Land Office (MHTLO) for purpose of retaining the parcel for public use. The parcel has been used for many years as a connector for the Big Lake Trail system (aka ice road) between Flat Lake and Mirror Lake. The channel between the two lakes rarely freezes; therefore, the trail has traversed across uplands owned by MHTLO. The Trust Office proposes to sell the parcel under competitive bid which could cut off access and the borough proposes to purchase the land for its assessed value in order to ensure public access and use in perpetuity.

Supporting material is available for public inspection during normal business hours on the 2nd floor of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough building in the Land Management Division, 350 E. Dahlia Ave, Palmer, AK 99645 or visit the Public Notice Section on the borough’s web page Public comment is invited on this request. If you have any comments please mail or deliver them to the borough offices no later than April 30, 2017. If you have questions about this request: call Nancy Cameron at 861-7848 between 8:00-5:00, or you can send an e-mail to: (PLEASE REFER TO MSB007257 / MENTAL HEALTH LAND ACQ, WHEN SUBMITTING COMMENTS).

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Assembly bans trapping in 8 parks

Public Noticesby Patty Sullivan, MSB

The Assembly amended the ordinance that prohibits trapping on Borough lands tonight and then passed it again. Assembly Member Randall Kowalke made three amendments.

The amended list of borough-owned land that prohibits trapping is:

• Crevasse Moraine

• Lazy Mountain Recreation Area

• Matanuska River Park

• Alcantra Athletic Complex

• West Bodenburg Butte

• Jordan Lake Park in Big Lake

Removed from the list were two parks owned by the State: Reflections Lake and Matanuska Lake.

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Central Landfill and Transfer Stations Closed on Monday, March 27, 2017 in observance of Seward's Day

Public NoticesThe Matanuska-Susitna Borough Central Landfill located at 1201 N. 49th State Street in Palmer and all Borough Transfer Stations will be closed on Monday, March 27 th 2017 in observance of Seward’s Day. 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.
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