Boy Scouts, library project and park access

Eagle River Valley Community Council weighs in


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Eagle River Valley Community Council recently donated settlement funds from the Heritage Estates Well Compensation Trust Agreement to the Boy Scouts. Left to right: Patsy Gunn, treasure, ERVCC, Clifford Crismore; executive director, Boy Scouts of America-Great Alaska Council; Connie Yoshimura, Heritage Trust Joint Venture, partner; Elisa Snelling, president, ERVCC.

CINTHIA RITCHIE

The Boys Scouts of Alaska have a little more money in their piggy bank, thanks to a hefty donation made by the Eagle River Valley Community Council and the Heritage Estates Well Compensation Trust.

Representatives from the council and the trust presented Clifford Crismore, executive director of Boy Scouts of America-Great Alaska Council, with a check for $44,048.63.

The money originated from a trust set up with developers when Heritage Estates was constructed back in 1993.

According to ERVCC member Therese Voehl, the trust was established to offset potential water well problems to the properties downhill from the new construction.

“People worried that the wells below would fail,” she said.

The main concern was that those living in the estate properties on the higher ground would pull out the majority of the water from the aquifer.

The trust money was put into CD accounts and ERVCC was named as trustee.

The trust matured on Dec. 21, 2013 and advertisements were circulated requesting claims against the account. No one came forward, according to Voehl.

The Boy Scout were chosen as recipients of the trust from Heritage Estates Well Compensation Trust members Connie Yoshimua and Ric Davidge.

“We’re pleased that the Boy Scouts get the benefit of the trust,” David Schade, council vice-president, said.

The money is slated for facility improvements on two properties.

“We are very appreciative and rest assured that we’re going to invest it wisely,” he said.

 

Library project

Loussac Library Renewal project is up for funding. The project, represented by Proposition 1, would grant $2.75 million to reconstruct the Loussac library entrance.

Supporters of the project in attendance at the ERVCC meeting urged Eagle River and Chugiak residents to vote for the proposition.

If the proposition passes, the library entrance would be rebuilt at ground level and the outside stairs would be removed.

Voters are being asked to cover about 16 percent of the total project bill.

The cost to the average family is estimated at about 50 cents a month.

“If people can just support this bond, it would make a big difference,” said Patsy Gunn, ERVCC treasure and education representative. “Libraries are still very popular and much needed, and Loussac is a jewel.”

 

Wallace homestead

Bill Tucker gave an update on the Wallace Homestead project.

According to Tucker, Wallace Brothers Mountain will offer permits to Chugach State Park trailhead access beginning in April.

“One of the park advisory boards recommended to us to see what would happen if we shut off the access,” he said. “We don’t want to do that. We invite access up there.”

Instead, the organization veered in another direction.

“We’re going to ask people that want to go up there to have a permit,” he said.

The cost of this permit will translate into potential hikers being asked to sign a petition stating that they feel that the Wallace Homestead property is essential for quality access to the park.

ERVCC proposed a motion that the Wallace Homestead access project be supported as part of the state’s inventory and that all possibilities for state funding be investigated.

The motion passes by a vote of 12-2.

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