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Law Enforcement Memorial Week

Public NoticesWHEREAS, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation in 1962 designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week of May 15 as Police Week. It is fitting that we carry on this tradition of recognition and remembrance; and

WHEREAS, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, brave and dedicated men and women of the law enforcement community risk their lives while upholding the law and protecting the public to the best of their ability; and

WHEREAS, Alaskans acknowledge and appreciate the sacrifices made not only by those individuals wearing the badge, but also the loved ones who support them each day; and

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Firefighters mopping up Sunrise Fire

Public NoticesHere’s the latest update on the 30-acre Sunrise Fire in the Meadow Lakes area just north of Wasilla in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley:

The fire has not grown in size and is 100 percent contained. Approximately 30 firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry are currently mopping up the fire and extinguishing any hot spots they find. A piece of heavy equipment is being brought in to help break up berm rows and expose areas of heat. Firefighters from the Gannett Glacier and Pioneer Peak crews will remain on the fire through the evening.

“This is the point of the fire where the excitement is over but there is still a lot of hard work to ensure it is out,” said Mat-Su Area Fire Management Officer Norm McDonald. “They are in mop up mode with lots of work due to berm rows and heavy fuels.”
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State Forestry battling 15-acre fire in Meadow Lakes

Public NoticesThe Sunrise Fire in the community of Meadow Lakes just north of Wasilla is now estimated at 12-15 acres and the Alaska Division of Forestry is bringing in more air and ground support to help get the human-caused blaze under control.

More than 30 wildland firefighters from State Forestry are responding to the fire, which was reported at around 2:30 p.m. An air tanker based in Palmer has dropped several loads of retardant on the fire to help prevent it from spreading. A helicopter has also been deployed to drop water on the fire and another helicopter has been ordered to assist in the operation.

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New Land Use Restrictions on Mat-Su Streams

Public Noticesvia Email:

The borough presented a proposed ordinance at the planning commission meeting yesterday that would restricts land use on salmon streams. It is called a Riparian Buffer . It will be added to Title 17

Depending on whether the use is residential, multi-family, or commercial there will be a no-disturb zone on your property 50 feet -100 feet from the high water line. This is not a set-back, this is a no disturb zone. You may not cut down trees, or disturb the roots of the plants in that zone. You will be able to clear up to 10 percent of the property to the creek. So if you have 150 feet of frontage you will have use of a 15 foot swath, the rest of it is taken by this ordinance.

This has been a very well coordinated push by certain entities.

If you know anyone who will be affected by this they should attend the next public meeting on it which is currently scheduled for May 16 at the borough.

You can read more about it here: http://www.matsugov.us/docs/meetings/16525/pc-packet-05-02-16.pdf

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Public Notice: Proposal to Lease State Airport Land at Big Lake Airport

Public NoticesThe Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities proposes to continue to lease Lot 7, Block 100, consisting of approximately 41,400 square feet (ADA-09101 successive lease to ADA-07554), at the Big Lake Airport for an additional 5 years. Applicant: Michael A. and Sharlee Susan Zipay. Authorized uses: Aeronautical – continued operation and maintenance of an aircraft hangar for private use; use of mobile fuel tank for storage and dispensing of aviation fuel into lessee’s private aircraft only; parking and tie-down of Lessee’s private aircraft only. Annual rent: $2,691.

This is an application filed under AS 02.15.090(c), which allows the Department to grant the proposed lease term extension without competition. Written comments must be received by 4:30 p.m., April 14, 2016, after which the Department will determine whether or not to execute the Lease. The Department’s decision will be sent only to persons who submit written comment or objection to the Department, at the address and by the date and time specified in this notice, and include their return address. Information is available from Kimber Amundson, Anchorage Office, Aviation Leasing, PO Box 196900, Anchorage, Alaska 99519, (907) 269-0739. Anyone needing hearing impaired accommodation may call TDD (907) 269-0473.

The Department reserves the right to correct technical defects, term, or purposes and may reject any or all comments.
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Notice of Application to Apply Herbicide to Control Invasive Elodea in Alexander Lake

Public NoticesThe Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Agriculture has applied to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for a permit to apply herbicide to control invasive elodea in Alexander Lake in the Matanuska Susitna Borough.

The following project is proposed and is being reviewed by the appropriate regulatory programs. DEC requests comments from the public regarding the permit application. Copies of the application are available on-line http://dec.alaska.gov/eh/pest/publicnotice.htm or upon request.

PROJECT NAME: Alexander Lake Elodea Aquatic Pesticide Use Permit.
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Public Notice: Proposal to Extend a State Airport Land Lease at Big Lake Airport

Public NoticesThe Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities proposes to extend Lease ADA-08238 (Lot 4, Block 100), consisting of approximately 40,075 square feet, at the Big Lake Airport for an additional 5 years. Applicant: Denis O. Watters and Richard H. Beebe (Estate). Annual rent: $2,604.88. Authorized uses: Aeronautical – the continued operation and maintenance of a hangar for the storage and maintenance of aircraft; flight training, aircraft tie downs, and vehicle parking.

This is an application filed under AS 02.15.090(c), which allows the Department to grant the proposed lease term extension without competition. Written comments must be received by 4:30 p.m., April 4, 2016, after which the Department will determine whether or not to extend the lease. The Department’s decision will be sent only to persons who submit written comment or objection to the Department, at the address and by the date and time specified in this notice, and include their return address. Information is available from Kimber Amundson, Anchorage Office, Statewide Aviation Leasing, PO Box 196900, Anchorage, Alaska 99519, (907) 269-0739. Anyone needing hearing impaired accommodation may call TDD (907) 269-0473.
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Burn permits required starting April 1

Public NoticesThe Alaska Division of Forestry reminds residents that general burn permits for any open debris burning and the use of burn barrels are required from April 1 to August 31.

Human-caused fires as a result of debris burning and the use of burn barrels are the leading cause of wildland fires in Alaska. Experience and statistics have shown that 75 percent or more of burn barrels in Alaska do not meet DOF specifications.

Burn permits must be obtained annually and residents must obtain a new permit at the start of each season. Burn permits issued prior to the 2016 season are no longer valid. Burn permits are free and available at local State forestry offices or can be downloaded and printed at www.forestry.alaska.gov/burn on or after April 1.
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Transfer Site Fees May Increase

Public NoticesBy Dan Mayfield

On March 15th, the Assembly took up Resolution Serial No. 16-023 which established Borough fees for the upcoming FY 2017 Budget which begins July 1st 2016. In a repeat performance from last year, the Borough has made a rush on your dollars particularly in regards to trash disposal. I attempted to moderate this by offering amendments that would allow for some increase but not take such a big bite out of household budgets each time they needed to dispose of trash. Unfortunately, the vote failed 3 to 3. Assembly Members Kowalke, Sykes and myself voted to keep rates low while Assembly Members Colligan, Doty and Beck voted for the increased rates. Both the Mayor and Assembly Member McKee were absent.

As it stands now, dump rates for 3 Cubic Yards (average pick-up load) of trash will increase from $32.00 to $ 39.00. The fee for 4 Cubic Yards will go from $45.00 to $52.00 and the fee for 5 Cubic Yards will go from $ 60.00 to $ 65.00.

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Public Notices > Seasonal Weight Restrictions

Public NoticesUnseasonably warm temperatures across Southcentral Alaska over the past month have caused early warming of roadways. Roads can be damaged easily when ground frost begins to thaw until road material dries. The State and Borough annually place weight restrictions on roadways during this vulnerable road season. The State began imposing weight restrictions on the Kenai Peninsula this week. The beginning of thaw for roads depends on local soil conditions, weather and frost depth, but normally progresses from south to north occurring in Anchorage and the Mat-Su Borough a few weeks after it begins on the Kenai Peninsula. Water from cracks in paved roads is a key indicator that the thawing process is beginning. This condition has already been observed on some Borough roadways. Weight restrictions may be ordered in the Mat-Su Borough in the next few weeks.

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