mayorsminute_devilbiss Mayor Larry DeVilbiss gives highlights of Assembly meetings in his podcast, the Mayor's Minute.

Mayor's Minute Dec. 16, 2014

This week on the Mayor's Minute podcast, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss gives an overview of last night's meeting and more.

Topics include:

• the ribbon cutting for the Borough's largest station, 5-1

• an adopted capital improvement program to 2021

• a resolution for a joint septage and leachate treatment facility

• a power ordinance workshop continued to Jan. 6

 

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Mayor's Minute Dec. 3, 2014

Dec. 3, 2014—This week on the Mayor's Minute, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Larry DeVilbiss gives highlight's of this week's Assembly meetings.

 

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Mayor's Minute Nov. 19, 2014

This week on the Mayor's Minute podcast, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss gives highlights of last night's Assembly meeting.

Among the topics:

• a dog mushing kennel ordinance

• a proposed power plant ordinance

• Colaska gravel pit plans

• a report on road projects funded by road service area monies

• a $1.6 million school access bond project

• term limits on boards and commissions

• project priorities for the State funding

• renaming Wasilla Lakes, Central Mat-Su

• welcome to new Deputy Director of Emergency Services Ken Barkley

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Mayor's Minute, goodbye to Salmon

This week on the Mayor's Minute podcast, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss discusses Assembly Member Darcie Salmon's final meeting, the election certification, permanent vehicle registration, a new command vehicle for Caswell and Willow, and more:

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Mayor's Minute Sept. 16, 2014

This week on the Mayor's Minute podcast, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss hits the high points in last night's Assembly meeting.

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Mayor's Minute in Big Lake Sep. 2

This week on the Mayor's Minute podcast, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss gives highlights from last night's meeting in Big Lake.

Among the topics:

-traffic getting to Big Lake

-the Finger Lake Management Plan

-4 acres to the Alpine Historical Society in Sutton

-the South Big Lake Road Realignment and the West Susitna Parkway Access Managment Plan

-The Big Lake Community Impact Analysis

-$650,000 to Oilwell Road construction

-Vehicles to West Lakes Fire Service Area

-4 positions considered for Wasilla Lakes Fire Service Area

-Agriculture covenants and public forums

-Developer Nugent gives money for a road

-Annexation to West Lakes Fire Service Area

-Appointment of Steve Borell, former executive director of Alaska Mining Association, to the Borough Port Commission

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Mayor's Minute Aug. 26, 2014

This week on the Mayor's Minute, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss discusses these items from the Assembly meeting:

• WesPac Midstream

• the veto for Crystal Lake

• flood disaster relief monies, $580k

• Human Services Community Matching Grants

• permanent car registration delayed

• state priorities from a Borough view

• ferry

• 10 new fish passage culverts

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Mayor's Minute Aug. 5, 2014

This week on the Mayor's Minute, Mat-Su Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss gives highlights on this week's Assembly meeting, among them:

• a Rail update

• Crystal Lake Management Plan

• New paramedics

• new landfill fees

• ballot language

• LNG gas project

and more.

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Mayor's Minute June 17, 2014

Mat-Su— On this weeks Mayor's Minute, Mayor Larry DeVilbiss will talk about these subjects and more.

  1. New Energy Policy
  2. South Knik River comp plan
  3. Caswell Lake management plan
  4. Ballot question on a new property tax exemption
  5. Trail project appropriations
  6. Trunk Road connector design
  7. Award of bid for Talkeetna Library
  8. Award of bid for the Port Mac cathodic protection

 

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Mayor's Minute June 4, 2014

This week on the Mayor's Minute, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss gives an overview of last night's Assembly meeting.

Topics of discussion include: a direction for economic development, a proposal to split the Borough in two, Port district boundary expansion, an archaeology survey at FishCreek townsite, a resolution for a Hatcher Pass Avalanche Hut, Manager & Attorney evaluations, and the Caswell Public Safety building contract.

 

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Mayor's Minute May 20, 2014

This week on the Mayor's Minute, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss gives an overview of a veto that filled the house, as well as racetrack regulations, gas LIDs, Government Peak chalet agreement, Willow Lake Drive upgrades, Port road pavement, and the construction contract for Lucille & Seldon roads.

 

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Mayor's Minute Adopted Budget

This week on the Mayor's Minute, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss gives an overviewon the adopted budget last night. The mill rate is lower than last year. Several projects and some new staff are included in the budget. Tune in to hear the details.

 

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Mayor's Minute May 6, 2014

This week on the Mayor's Minute, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry Devilbss gives highlights on Tuesday night's Assembly meeting and otehr events.


Among the topics:

• a racetrack ordinance amendment

• a state legislative report

• the Mat-Su Convention & Visitor's Bureau

• onto the budget process

• Joe Redington Sr., Jr./Sr. High construction contract award and groundbreaking

 

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Mayors Minute April 15, 2014

This week on the Mayor's Minute podcast, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss gives an overview of the Borough's recent budget meeting and Assembly meeting. On this night, the Assembly appropriated $32 million from bond sales for school projects. The Assembly then approved $22 million in construction contracts that were directly tied to the just-appropriated funding. The tight timing puts that bond funding to work immediately.

Among the topics the Mayor will discuss,

• the start of the Borough budget meetings

• Juneau testimony

• Mat-Su Valley as the peony capital of Alaska

• Redington High School design

• FEMA flood damage appeal

• an overview on Alaska Shield

• amendments to Trash & Junk ordinance


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Mayor's Minute April 3, 2014

This week on the Mayor's Minute, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss gives highlights at the Assembly meeting.

Among the topics:

• school district budget talks

• an ordinance to allow Borough funds to influence state ballot initiatives was pulled

• a racetrack ordinance was pulled off the agenda

• the first non-contiguous gas LID, Local Improvement District

• the Bogard Road project

• Knik Glacier as a tourism bonanza

• the Tower ordinance was not introduced

• a grant effort for the Palmer-Wasilla Highway Corridor study

 

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Mayors Minute March 20 2014

This week on the Mayor's Minute podcast, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss gives highlights of this week's Assembly meeting.

Among the topics:

• Two proclamations

• the Susitna Forest

• a land conveyance to Aurora Dog Mushers

• a postponed rate hike for the Talkeetna Sewer & Water district

• mayoral appointments to boards and commissions

• a referral on the energy policy

• executive session

 

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Mayor's Minute March 4, 2014

This week on the Mayor's Minute, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss gives an overview of last night's Assembly meeting.

Among the topics:

• 3 approved master plans for recreation areas-Lazy Mountain, Crevasse Moraine, and Matanuska River Park.

• the South Knik River Comprehensive Plan was postponed and will return with a public hearing

• Upcoming public meetings on the coming proposed Borough budget

• Recognition for the Fish & Wildlife Commission on their successful efforts in the Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting

• More of the general obligation bonds issued for school project construction in that already voter-approved $214 million package

• A clearing contract for Bogard Road

 

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Mayor's Minute Feb. 20, 2014

This week on the Mayor's Minute podcast, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss gives an update on the recent Assembly meeting. Among the topics:

1) Manager report on Port Mac Rail
2) Veto on Racetrack regulations
3) Animal Care fee schedule
4) a code change on Board appointments 
5) PERS legs
6) constitutional voter initiative
7) State money for PERS 
8) Credit Card Processing
9) Commuter Rail
10) Iditarod Restart

 

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Mayor's Minute Jan. 21, 2014

This week on the Mayor's Minute podcast, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss gives highlights of last night's Assembly meeting.

Among the topics:

• a visit from Dr. Talis Colberg from Mat-Su College gives an update on the college theater

• a project update on DenaIna Elementary

• resolutions supporting northern-bound salmon in the upcoming Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting

• the indefinitely postponed Assembly view on HB77

• 9 emergency power generators for the School District

• heartfelt EMT testimony on capped hours

 

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Mayor's Minute Feb. 5, 2014

This week on the Mayor's Minute, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss gives an overview of last night's Assembly meeting that stretched until 11 pm.

Among the topics:

• a contract for the Joe Redington Sr., Junior/Senior High

• a failed amendment to the race track ordinance

• a resolution to partner with the Alaska Farmland Trust on Borough agriculture lands is postponed

• an award of proposal for Circle View dike repair is postponed

• an approval of a grant for a play panel for Sutton Library

• an update on the week's activity at the Board of Fish

• a construction contract for the intersection of Fern St. and Edlund Road outside Wasilla

 

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Mayor's Minute Jan. 7, 2014

This week on the Mayor's Minute, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss gives highlights of this week's Assembly meeting.

Among the topics:

• the Mat-Su Fish & Wildlife Commission's plea to the State Board of Fish for fisheries management priorities that strengthen the plummeting northern fish returns

• HB77, a veto on an amendment for Multifamily Development standards

• an increase in the number of cords of firewood for individuals

• Talkeetna Library funding

• RSA fund project money transfers

• Gateway Visitor Center support

• Fronteras Spanish Immersion Charter School support

• accepted late filed Senior and Disabled Vet property tax exemption applications,

• and a contract for cathodic protection and pile slevee design for Port Mackenzie

 

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Mayor's Minute Dec. 18, 2013

Happy Holidays everyone. This week on the Mayor's Minute, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss gives highlights of last night's Assembly meeting. Among them:

• the adopted Capital Improvement Program

• A new lease for Alutiiq at the port

• Amendments to the visitor bed tax

• the Manager's Report, when will credit cards be accepted for services such as the landfill, bed taxes, & business licenses

• amendments to PERS

• the Bogard Road project, the Borough's biggest ever road construction project

• multi-family design standards amendment, again

• bravo to our firefighters

 

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Mayor's Minute Dec. 3, 2013

Dec. 3, 2013, This week on the Mayor's Minute, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss gives the highlight's of last night's Assembly meeting.

Among them:

• An amendment to the Multi-family Design Standards

• 15 acres added to the new school site for Joe Redington Sr. school campus

• the sale of land to KABATA for right of way

• a grant application for an archaeology study for Point MacKenzie townsite

• approval of late-filed applications for Senior Citizen and disabled Veteran property tax exemptions

 

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Mayor's Minute Nov. 5 2013

This week on the Mayor's Minute podcast, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss gives highlight's on this week's Assembly meeting. Among the subjects:

• $2.5 million state grant for fisheries protection

• a stormwater management plan

• 2 science classrooms for Academy Charter

• construction contract for a new public safety building near the hospital

• a long range transportation plan update

• the South Trunk Road extension

• a water main along Bogard Road for Palmer

• a resolution for a possible economic development corporation

• a resolution for an amendment to State rules for serving citations

 

and more...

 

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Mayor's Minute Oct. 21, 2013 first in new addition

MAT-SU—This week on the Mayor's Minute, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss gives highlights of the recent election certification and the regular meeting that followed.

Some of the subjects include:

• Talkeetna Library funding

• a new archaeological district

• state funding for Willow Fire Service Area

• two overridden vetos on road service areas

• an old and a new gravel operation

• a renewed port lease with Alutiiq Manufacturers

• Government Peak road and fire service area annexations

• 5-year-borough land disposal process

• a designated aging and resource "district"

• Susitna Ferry monthly costs funded through December

• State Human Services Community Matching Grant funding

• Federal Aviation Administration grant

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Mayor's Minute Sept. 17, 2013

This week on the Mayor's Minute podcast, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss gives an overview of last night's Assembly meeting. Among the topics:

several contracts for road projects including Caswell Lakes Road upgrade, S. Big Lake Road, Knik River Road, Beverly Lake, the trail along the Glenn Highway near Sutton; also fish culverts; a new phone system for the Borough, winter sand & chips, state priorities, recycling center funding, and an executive session on the M/V Susitna.

 

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Mayor's Minute September 5, 2013

MAT-SU—Today on the Mayor's Minute, Mayor Larry DeVillbiss highlights the Consolidated Dispatch Study and the latest on the M/V Susitna.

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Mayor's Minute Aug. 21, 2013

On the Mayor's Minute, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss discusses several topics from this week's Assembly meeting including the Susitna Ferry.

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Mayor's Minute Aug. 8, 2013

A long list of topics is on this week's Mayor's Minute podcast. Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss discusses the busy week.

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Mayor's Minute July 17, 2013

This week on the Mayor's Minute podcast, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss touches on three subjects from last night's Assembly meeting:

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Mayor's Minute for June 19

MAT-SU—This week on Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss' podcast:

• construction on a 1-mile trail at Crevasse Moraine

• a gravel pit for port projects

• amendments to the construction manual

• school rooftop rebuilds

• an extended contract for the MSCVB, our tourism bureau

• design for an addition at the MAT-SU Career & Tech High School

• road project updates

• a new energy review board

and more.

 

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Mayor's Minute on Rail Groundbreaking and more

This week on the Mayor's Minute podcast, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss highlights the groundbreaking ceremony for Port MacKenzie Rail with the Governor, a veto on the budget, property tax exemptions for seniors and disabled veterans, and a new townsite coming into being.

 

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Mayor on 2014 Borough budget

This Mayor's Minute is not for the faint of heart, says Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss. It's 30 minutes of talk, amendment by amendment, for 43 amendments. It gives you insight into the minutiae of budget making. The Borough's comprehensive $418+ Million budget was adopted this week.

 

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Mayor's Minute May 22, 2013

May 22, 2013

This week on the Mayor's Minute podcast, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss discusses Tuesday night's regular Assembly meeting, including a new land classification to create Sunshine Creek Park, a land swap with the State for Borough lands near Nancy Lake in exchange for State lands near the future Port Mac Rail Extension; new rooftops for three Borough schools, a bridge replacement bid award for Sullivan Ave, and the Borough becoming the first Purple Heart Borough in Alaska.

 

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Mayor's Minute May 7, 2013

This week on the Mayor's Minute with Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss covers these topics:

-The Manager's new contract extension

-Multi-Family design standards

-Motor vehicle tax revenue allocation n

-Canoe surplus sale to the Boy Scouts

-The latest on the M/V Susitna.

 

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Mayor's Minute April 16, 2013

This week on the Mayor's Minute, MAT-SU Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss discusses highlights of the Assembly meeting on April 16, including:

• an update on a draft flood plain study

• where we're at in infrastructure funding post flood disaster

• a new concept for residents along areas vulnerable to erosion

• a denied crack sealant contract

• the state capital budget

• the Boy Scouts

 

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Mayor's Minute April 2, 2013

This week on the Mayor's Minute podcast, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss gives an overview of last night's Assembly meeting.

Among the topics:

• A renewed lease at Port MacKenzie with Alutiiq Manufacturing

• funding for furnishings & equipment in the coming addition at the Dorothy Swanda Jones Administration building in Palmer

• $14.8 M in appropriations from voter-approved bond money for school projects & a track record of Assembly support for education funding

• supporting Headstart

• the Susitna State Forest proposal goes down

 

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Mayor's Minute March 20, 2013

This week on the Mayor's Minute, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss talks about this week's Assembly meeting. Among the topics: State Labor Economist Neal Fried and his take on the MAT-SU, budget work, amendments to the multi-family ordinance, Assembly Member Ron Arvin's absence, construction management services for the many road projects, a special forest zone for the wood-fired boiler at Su Valley High, a pipeline easement at Port MacKenzie.

 

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Mayor's Minute March. 6, 2013

This week on the Mayor's Minute podcast, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss discusses proposed changes to the process for adoption of natural gas LIDs, his Jim Creek motorized plan "veto", and Animal Care Board issues.

 

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Mayor's Minute Feb. 19, 2013

This week on the Mayor's Minute, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss gives an overview on last night's Assembly meeting and its many subjects.

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Mayor's Minute Feb. 5, 2013

This week on the Mayor's Minute, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss gives a recap of last night's Assembly meeting.

Here's the subjects: The Jim Creek Motorized Master Plan, a postponed Multi-family ordinance, forest management, a withdrawn school site for Palmer, the Susitna Ferry, the MAT-SU Gateway Visitor Center, a park for Willow, mayoral appointments; and the passing of some dear community leaders.

 

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Mayor's Minute Jan. 15, 2013

MAT-SU—Mayor Larry DeVilbiss of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough gives highlights of last night's Assembly meeting and its 1,000-page plus packet. Among the topics: $53.8 million in road construction projects coming this summer in the Borough, the Willow Historic Preservation Plan, term limits extended for the LEPC and the Fish & Wildlife Commission, two new town sites being established, the Susitna ferry, the Canyon Creek Coal resolution, tall towers, a design for the Talkeetna Library, deputies for Fire and Public Works, and the approved contract with the MAT-SU Borough Employee Association.

 

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