Community councils seeking new members, local input

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 12:25
  • Local community councils are seeking more local members. (Star file photo) Local community councils are seeking more members. (Star file photo)

Local community councils are always looking for new members to help shape public policy.

“We love to hear everybody’s input,” Eagle River Community Council member Julie Ebben told the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce on April 4.

Ebben said the council needs members to serve on local boards and commissions, including the parks board and the Chugiak-Birchwood-Eagle River Rural Road Service Area board.

Community councils advise the Anchorage Assembly on matters pertaining to their local areas. During the chamber meeting, Matanuska Electric Association communications director Julie Estey touted the councils’ role in shaping community discussions.

“It’s amazing the role community councils play in Alaska and our community,” she said. “Big decisions are being made there.”

Last week, the Eagle River council released a press release asking for new members and seeking comment on the upcoming Capital Improvement Project list.

“Come on out and make an impact where you work, play and live now and into the future,” read the release.

The capital improvement project list is available online at and the council will take up the issue at its Thursday, April 12 meeting.

“Remember, if we as a community don’t voice our priorities to the Assembly, how can we complain failure on their part when a problem arises?” the council wrote.

Other community council meetings this month include the Eagle River Valley council (April 11 at 7 p.m. at Eagle River High), the Birchwood council (April 11 at 7 p.m. at the Beach Lake Chalet), and the Chugiak council (April 12 at the Elsie Oberg Center). The South Fork Council met last week; its next meeting is May 3 at 7 p.m. at Eagle River High.

Upcoming community council meetings:


Thursday, April 12

Eagle River Community Council meeting. 7 p.m., Eagle River Town Center (12001 Business Boulevard). For more information, visit


Thursday, April 19

Chugiak Community Council meeting. 7 p.m., Elsie Oberg Community Center (18606 Old Glenn Highway). For more information, visit

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