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Should Big Lake Become a City?

1:Should Big Lake Become a City?

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Should Big Lake Become a City?
Authored by: Amiee on Wednesday, March 05 2014 @ 09:17 AM AKST
I'm not convinced that Big Lake should become a city, but I don't want to be annexed.
Should Big Lake Become a City?
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, May 02 2014 @ 09:31 PM AKDT
Yes, we need to pull together before someone else, such as Houston or Whomever decides to make us part if them.
Should Big Lake Become a City?
Authored by: Xiomara on Friday, June 20 2014 @ 08:04 PM AKDT
I'd like to hear both sides of this.
Should Big Lake Become a City?
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, August 30 2014 @ 10:35 AM AKDT
Well we know that the 'Pro' side knows of this site, let's hear some arguments!
Should Big Lake Become a City?
Authored by: Electrical Engineer on Monday, December 28 2015 @ 06:16 AM AKST
Let’s really get down to the nitty gritty here, and talk specifics. I live in Big Lake, but fall right on the Houston city border, so I have a very REAL perspective to offer in this debate. The real question to be asked is what does the pro-camp think the level of Big Lake employee qualifications will be, or what do they think they can afford? Because what they want, and what they will receive for representation will be completely dissimilar. If you don't believe me, just take a good look at the Houston city council, which is a real life working model of what to expect. The city council members are unqualified, unaccomplished, empty seats that have nothing to show for years’ worth of work. Take the roads in Houston, they don't spend the money to maintain roads that effect less than 10 homes, and when they do (due to enough residents lodging complaints), they employ Tew's Excavation to do the work. Tew's hires the cheapest qualified equipment operators to grade our roads, and the roads get shoddier each year. Not to mention, when it is time to plow after a snow, they will conveniently ignore the roads that have been torn up, until a snow base layer is established while continuing to plow the main roads out. When you speak to the Houston city representative that is in charge of the road system, he states, "That they can only afford entry level operators to do the road maintenance." Now consider Big Lake. Big Lake has just as many, if not more, dead end roads that support <10 homes all over. Unless you're living on Beaver Lake subdivision road, or an equivalent paved road system, you will get entry level graders maintaining your gravel road systems too. I for one would trade the whole Houston city representation to have the Mat-Su borough equipment operators maintain our roads in a heartbeat. At least then, I would be getting something from the taxes I pay to Houston. Right now I get absolutely nothing.

On a side note: I think the Mat-Su borough is promoting Big Lake to becoming their own city as Houston has done, since they have recognized that they could significantly reduce their work load while saving money at the same time by not taking responsibility for Big Lake’s road systems. All it would take is a little disinformation, gullible Big Lake residents, and a couple loud mouths, and boom -another Houston/Big Lake city council that gets paid to do nothing blaming somebody else for their incompetence.
Should Big Lake Become a City?
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, July 29 2016 @ 11:29 AM AKDT
I don't this that this is over, not by a long shot.
Should Big Lake Become a City?
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, September 10 2016 @ 10:53 AM AKDT
The plan was for a very minimal government. I hope they give this another go, I'm voting yes, again.