Council, board meetings give community chance for input

Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 17:57

A flurry of public meetings will keep community rooms in the area busy in the coming weeks, with topics of discussion ranging from roads to parks to neighborhood densities.

The monthly community council meeting cycle is in full swing, with the South Fork council meeting Nov. 2. the Birchwood and Eagle River Valley councils are set to meet on Wednesday, Nov. 8, with Birchwood meeting at 7 p.m. at the Beach Lake Chalet and Eagle River Valley residents meeting at Gruening Middle School at 7 p.m.

Birchwood’s agenda includes reports from local roads and commissions as well as the Birchwood Community Patrol. Old business includes an AWWU task force update, a discussion about the Federation of Community Councils initiative against onsite marijuana consumption and further discussion of the Heritage Land Bank proposal to increase density at the Carol Creek site near the McDonald Center.

Also on the agenda is a new discussion of an initiative to sell the Birchwood Airport to Eklutna, Inc.

Topics to be discussed at the Eagle River Valley meeting include a discussion of recent Chugiak-Eagle River Advisory Board resolutions and reports from assembly and school board representatives as well as local boards and commissions.

On Nov. 9, the Heritage Land Bank itself will meet in Eagle River, with the group’s board meeting in the Eagle River Town Center at 1 p.m. The board’s agenda items include new officer elections, and the Carol Creek proposal is not up for discussion. However, there is an opportunity for brief public comments before the board.

Also Nov. 9, the Eagle River Community Council will meet at 7 p.m., also in the Town Center meeting room.

The Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors will meet Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Town Center meeting room. The parks board oversees more than 2,500 acres of municipal parkland in the area, including 16 developed and 13 undeveloped properties, including the Beach Lake Chalet, Chugiak Pool and the Harry J. McDonald Center.

On Nov. 16, the Chugiak Community Council will meet at 7 p.m. in the Elsie Oberg Center on the Old Glenn Highway in Chugiak.

In addition to parks, the other area of local control in Chugiak-Eagle River is roads, and the Chugiak-Birchwood-Eagle River Rural Road Service Area (CBERRRSA for shorter) board meets Monday, Nov. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Eagle River Town Center meeting room.

Information about municipal meetings — including agendas, when available — can be found on the Municipality of Anchorage website, muni.org.

Information about the Federation of Community Councils, which encompasses all community councils in the municipality, can be found online at communitycouncils.org.

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