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Protecting Your Rights: Serving Sand Lake, Spenard, and Turnagain
July 28, 2017
In this issue:
• Capital Budget Approved
• Spenard Road Reconstruction
• Ice Cream in the Park
• Community Events

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Yesterday, the legislature approved a capital budget compromise that ensures Alaska will continue to receive federal funding for road repairs, bridge upgrades, school facilities, and vital infrastructure projects that keep Alaskans working. Passage of the capital budget will allow the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities to move forward on construction projects this summer without delay, remove uncertainty for contractors looking to submit bids, and create better job security in the construction industry.

Capital Budget Approved

The capital budget allocates $121 million in Unrestricted General Funds from the Statutory Budget Reserve (SBR) and leverages $1.2 billion in federal funds for capital improvements. This capital budget is the smallest capital budget since 2000. For every state dollar invested in the capital budget, Alaska gets $9 in federal support. Additional appropriations for community assistance and other items brings the total general fund allocation to $157 million. The budget includes:

  • Community Assistance Program (State Revenue Sharing) – A total distribution to communities of $38 million;
  • Arctic Strategic Transportation and Resources (ASTAR) project – $7 million in re-appropriation funds;
  • University of Alaska – $5 million for deferred maintenance;
  • Oil and Gas Tax Credits –$20 million to pay down the state’s liability (in addition to the $57 million appropriation in the operating budget, bringing FY18 funding to the statutory calculation of $77 million).

Budget Reductions Paired with Capital Expenditures:

   Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority

o   $500,000 funding for the Kivalina K-12 replacement school;
o   $1 million to help cover costs associated with overhauling Alaska Marine Highway vessels;
o   $1 million of funding for Federal Highway Match.

   Juneau Access Road

o   $4.43 million of funding for the Kivalina K-12 replacement school;
o   $21 million of funding for capital projects in the greater Lynn Canal area.

Anchorage and District 21 specific items:

  • Anchorage Police Department Patrol of the Seward Highway Between Anchorage and Indian – $200,000 grant to MOA
  • Anchorage Police Department Citizen’s Police Academy support – $56,150
  • Northern Lights Boulevard pedestrian safety, Lois Drive West to Captain Cook Estates Circle – $920,000
  • Anchorage wastewater disinfection improvements – $4,120,000
  • Anchorage metropolitan area transportation systems (AMATS) projects – $54,624,000
  • Anchorage metropolitan area transportation study (AMATS) projects, AMATS state match – $3,212,067

The compromise version of Senate Bill 23 passed the House by a vote of 27-13. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 15-4. SB 23 now goes to Governor Walker for his signature. In a prepared statement, Governor Walker said he was "pleased" by the legislature's action Thursday and will sign the capital budget before Aug. 1.

Spenard Road Reconstruction

As our office has previously reported, the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) has proposed changes to Spenard Road between Hillcrest Drive and 30th Avenue to improve vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle safety. The MOA is currently working with Quality Asphalt Paving to reconstruct Spenard Road from Hillcrest Drive to Benson Boulevard.Improvements include new asphalt, curbs, sidewalks, bike lanes, ADA ramp upgrades, realignment of the 27th Avenue intersection, new traffic signals at Fireweed Lane, Benson Boulevard and Northern Lights Boulevard, and new LED street lights as well as street-scaping and landscaping improvements. This project will be under construction throughout 2017.

As of Saturday, July 15, Spenard Road is now closed between Northern Lights Boulevard and Benson Boulevard through approximately August 15 (click here to access map).  Be aware that the intersections of Northern Lights and Spenard as well as Benson and Spenard are open to traffic. Businesses in this area are also open, so please drive with caution and follow all posted detour routes for access. And please watch for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The project office is located at the old SkiAK building, between Benson Boulevard and 30th Avenue. A Public Open House will be held biweekly at this location, with the next meeting held on Wednesday, August 2, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.

To find out more about the project and to sign up for alerts, visit their website: http://midtownroads.com/

Ice Cream in the Park Event

Community Events

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:

Spenard Bike Nation – Mime Ride

Join this Mime parade of bikes and discover the fascinating and hidden spots that make up Spenard and learn about the history of this unique part of town from a Spenard expert who will be your guide. Meet at the Spenard Farmers Market as early as 10am to get Mimed-Up! This includes a complimentary striped shirt along with make-up experts who will make sure you are Mime-ready to go.

When: Saturday, July 29th at 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Where: Spenard Farmers Market
All ages event. Helmets must be wornVisit the Facebook event page for more information and to RSVP.

5th Annual Beer & Bacon Festival

As always, please let us know if you have any question or concerns.

Sincerely,

signed: Matt Claman

    Rep. Matt Claman

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Contact Information

(907) 465-4919

Rep.Matt.Claman@akleg.gov

State Capitol Bldg. Rm 405
Juneau, Alaska 99801

www.repmattclaman.com

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Anchorage, AK 99501
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EMAIL: Governor Bill Walker

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