Matanuska-Susitna Borough

FAQs

  • The Borough libraries will open in the following order

o   Willow Library - Monday, May 18

o   Sutton Library - Tuesday, May 19

o   Trapper Creek Library - Wednesday, May 20

o   Talkeetna Library - Thursday, May 21

o   Big Lake Library - Friday, May 22

  • It is strongly suggested that cloth face coverings be worn by all employees and members of the public.
  • A maximum of 20 patrons will be allowed in the library at a time with a 1 hour time limit.  This will allow for additional patrons to access the library.  *The limit of patrons allowed in the Trapper Creek Library shall be no more than 8.
  • Curbside pickup service will still be available.
  • Patron computers will be spaced out or removed to comply with a 6 foot minimum distance between users. Keyboards/mouse will be wiped down between users.
  • Touch-point sanitization (e.g., workstations, equipment, screens, doorknobs, restrooms) throughout the facility will be done daily.
  • Phone, online resources, curbside pick-up will be available.  Patrons would be allowed to enter the library with a 20 person capacity excluding staff
  • Meeting rooms will be opened for family meetings.
  • Children may not be left unattended or dropped off at the libraries.
  • Toys, play apparatus and hard to clean items will be temporarily removed.
  • Chairs and tables will be spaced out and the number of computer stations will be limited to follow social distancing protocol.
  • Quarantining of materials will be reduced to 24 hours.

There are plans for a rail line at Port MacKenzie. The Alaska Railroad (ARRC) has teamed with the Matanuska-Susitna Borough (MSB) to design and construct a rail extension from the Parks Highway to Port MacKenzie. The rail extension project is owned and operated by ARRC, and the MSB, as owner of Port MacKenzie, is the project sponsor. The Surface Transportation Board (STB) has approved the Environmental Impact Statement and selected a route to construct a 32.1 mile rail line from the Parks Highway to Port MacKenzie.

We have secured much of the funding needed to begin construction of the rail extension, but are waiting on the Record of Decision before procurement can begin. More detailed information on the Port MacKenzie Rail Extension project may be found at www.portmacrail.com or on the ARRC’s website. This legacy project will be of great benefit to the entire State of Alaska by providing a shorter distance to tidewater for bulk transport of goods and commodities between Port MacKenzie and Interior Alaska. The rail extension has the potential to open new markets for minerals and stimulate the creation of new Alaskan jobs.

The State of Alaska DHSS Senior and Disabilities Services Division developed a new COVID-19 Resource Toolkit called "Living Well on the Last Frontier" that provides really useful information and resources for Alaskans with intellectual and developmental disabilities who may be experiencing unique challenges during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Health Mandate 18 addresses travel between communitites via the road system, waterways or by air.

Intrastate Travel Between Communities Located On The Road System And/Or The Marine Highway System is permitted for all purposes. Note: travelers may travel between the Road System and Marine Highway System communities via any normal means of transportation, including vehicle, boat, ferry, aircraft, and commercial air carrier.

READ THE FULL HEALTH MANDATE 18 HERE: https://covid19.alaska.gov/health-mandates/ 

 

This site is considered a regulatory State and Local Air Monitoring Station (SLAMS) site. It is very difficult to get permission to remove a monitoring site. Federal rules require the following for removal of a PM2.5 SLAMS site:                                                                                                                                                        

  • The monitor has shown attainment and has a probability of less than 10% of exceeding 80% of the NAAQS during the next 3 years. (Butte cannot show this probability)
  • A monitor that has not measured violations of the NAAQS in the previous five years (Butte has measured violations in the past 5 years)
  • A PM2.5 monitor which EPA has determined cannot be compared to the NAAQS because of its siting. (Butte does not have a siting issue)
  • A SLAMS Monitor not eligible for removal under the above may be moved to a nearby location with the same scale of representation if logistical reasons beyond the state’s control make it impossible to continue operation at its current site. (The Butte site is in a public right of way. This option section typically refers to sites on private property where the land owner wants to have the site removed.)

No.  The MOU in and of itself does not allow the Borough to restrict citizen use of wood stoves.

Such restriction would require a code change and assembly action including public hearing and assembly vote. Wood stoves are an important heating source for many residents especially in areas where other heating sources such as natural gas are not available. Residents are encouraged to purchase wood stoves that meet efficiency standards and operate and maintain them properly.

To remove woody debris, including debris accumulated from beaver dams, you do not need a permit.  However, any disturbance to the streambed or stream bank requires a permit, and if the stream is navigable or recognized as navigable waters of the U.S., you will need a permit.

Dust is a form of particle pollution (see "what is PM10") and the Borough does experience elevated levels of PM10. When we experience high wind events, conditions are dry and low river levels expose large gravel bars and tidal flats (typical in fall and spring), large amounts of glacial silt can be stirred up and carried down the valleys.  The Borough issues several air quality alerts per year because of these wind-blown dust events, but because these elevated PM10 levels are from a natural source, and often not reasonably controllable, rather than being we are not required to control the sources of dust pollution, we are required to mitigate the impacts through air quality advisories and public education. 

All handling, loading, and unloading services are the responsibility of the shipper, vessel owner, or agent. Completion of the Port MacKenzie Terminal Operator Permit is required for any qualified agent desiring to provide longshore services at the terminal facilities.

Yes, you can contact The Economic Development Department at (907) 861-8519, or visit the business incentives page.

A privately owned 5’ wide conveyor capable of loading bulk commodities at 2,000 tons/hour. A 230 ton Manitowoc and a 3900 Manitowoc crawler crane (100 ton) are available for lease.

No. The FAA ultimately dictates what the airport owner can do, we don’t have jurisdiction of the airspace or land use on private property.

No. This overlay is only a notification of existing activity, it does not have the authority to control aviation activity.

No. MSB 17.10.110 requires that the airport must already be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prior to application.

Thanks for being a COVID Conscious business owner!

COVID-19 is still a serious health concern in Alaska. There's a lot you can do as a business owner to help keep your workforce and clients safe. The CDC and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services offers a Business Toolkit to support your planning with resources to download, print and share. Resources include printable signs and other materials, and tips for implementing the materials.

New resources for businesses to encourage COVID-19 precautions

June 25, 2020 (ANCHORAGE) — Alaska businesses now have access to a new suite of printable resources to help encourage COVID-19 precautions among employees and customers. The COVID-Conscious Business Toolkit features Alaska-themed artwork to communicate and encourage measures, such as physical distancing and mask wearing. The messages cater to diverse policies that businesses may have for employees and customers.

“COVID-19 is still a serious concern and Alaskans have done an extraordinary job doing their part to prevent the spread,” said Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink. “Our goal with these resources is to provide support to businesses as they reopen responsibly and to encourage everyone to keep following these preventative measures while they’re out in their communities.”

Downloadable materials that can be printed and displayed include: front door signs, floor decals/signs to support physical distancing, commitment statements, and other signage for posting in breakrooms, restrooms and doors. Digital graphics are also available for use on social media, email messages and websites.

“Businesses around the state have stepped up with innovations and approaches that allow them to operate responsibly while protecting both customers and employees from COVID-19,” said Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum. “This is to help support their efforts. COVID Conscious materials include a spectrum of options that businesses to choose from. These materials say, ‘we’re Alaskans and we’re all in this together.’ We’re hoping as Alaskans support local businesses, they’ll know they’re helping keep businesses open by preventing the spread of COVID-19.”

COVID Conscious materials are adapted from a campaign developed by Foundation Health Partners in Fairbanks. DHSS and the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development (DCCED) and several partner organizations collaborated to build upon the resources with Alaska design themes, featuring illustrations by DHSS employee Ellen Grover Devine.

“Getting Alaska businesses up and running and Alaskans back to work is top priority right now,” said DCCED Commissioner Julie Anderson. “These COVID conscious materials are another significant effort to that end. I’m grateful for the collaboration that led to the creation of these materials for our Alaska businesses.”

In the Fairbanks campaign, initiated by Foundation Health Partners, health care providers supported businesses by sharing the materials and talking with business owners about their concerns and COVID prevention.

Anyone may view, download and use materials from the COVID-Conscious Business Toolkit at dhss.alaska.gov/dph/epi/id/pages/COVID-19/business.aspx. Anyone interested in learning more about the 

Contractors responsibility is to plow mainline routes, school bus routes, and all the pavement first.  They are then responsible for secondary routes and finally residential streets and roads.   The Contractor also has,  by contract, 48 hours to complete an initial plowing following a storm event.

Click HERE for instructions.

Downloadable Instructions Knox Box Online Ordering Instructions

To streamline your on-line ordering process, and eliminate the possibility of accidentally ordering a box from the wrong service area, we have put together a few simple steps for placing your order. If you have any questions while attempting to complete your on-line order, you can contact either Casey Laughlin at 861-8005 or Michelle Wagner at 861-8030.

To place your online order:

  1. Visit www.knoxbox.com
  2. Click the green button that has the shopping cart on it.
  3. The next screen will say “To Order, Please Find Your Department First”.
    • Do not enter a zip code.
    • In the Department Name box, always enter Mat-Su (not case sensitive but you need the hyphen).
    • Then click the “Search Departments” button.
  4. Choose the Fire Service Area that the property is located in. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT STEP. PLEASE BE SURE YOU HAVE CONFIRMED WHICH FSA YOUR PROPERTY IS LOCATED IN. IF YOU ORDER INCORRECTLY, THE FIRE DEPARTMENT IN YOUR AREA WILL NOT BE ABLE TO OPEN YOUR KNOX BOX. Click the green “OK” button to choose.
  5. Be sure when you get to the next screen that the FSA you have chosen is shown in the box at the top of the page. This page will give you the options available to order the 3200 Series box. If you wish to order one of these types of boxes, make your selection and click “add to cart”. Then proceed to the checkout process. If you wish to order another type of product, use the left hand menu and choose the item you would like to order. Click “add to cart” and proceed to checkout.
    1. Generally, businesses use the 3200 series boxes.
    2. Residential boxes are generally the 1650 series.
    3. Electronic Gates need to order a “Key Switch” and be wired to the gate.
    4. Padlocks are available for gates that are not electronic.
  6. Always be sure to use an accurate installation address so the fire department can keep track of where we have Knox products. There are times that maintenance is necessary and we want to make sure we know your box is out there and won’t get overlooked.
  7. From here, create an account, and check out.

Knox usually ships quite promptly so there shouldn’t be a long delay in receiving your box.

When you have installed your box, contact Casey Laughlin at 861-8005 or Michelle Wagner at 861-8030 to arrange for someone to come out and lock your key in your Knox Box.

Contact Public Works to submit sign requests. Requestor will need to provide location and contact information. A petition from residents along the subject road is helpful. The Borough will look at the road and evaluate the need and if warranted determine a suitable location. The requestor will be notified of the determination. The Borough will then install the sign when conditions permit.

Mounting instructions are included with your Knox Box purchase. Install the Knox Box no higher than 5 feet from the ground, on the front of building, near the main entrance. If installation is within the Central Mat-Su Fire Service Area, contact the Michelle Wagner in the Fire Code Office (907-861-8030) to schedule a site visit and lock your access key(s) inside the box. For all other service areas within the Borough, contact Casey Laughlin (907-861-8005). See the Knox Box website for instructions on proper mounting.

Mounting instructions are included with your Knox Box purchase. Install the Knox Box no higher than 5 feet from the ground, on the front of building, near the main entrance. If installation is within the Central Mat-Su Fire Service Area, contact the Michelle Wagner in the Fire Code Office (907-861-8030) to schedule a site visit and lock your access key(s) inside the box. For all other service areas within the Borough, contact Casey Laughlin (907-861-8005). See the Knox Box website for instructions on proper mounting and the "hammer" test video.

For interest in using port, contact:
Therese Dolan, Port Operations Manager
Phone: (907) 861-7799
Email: therese.dolan@matsugov.us

The Knox Box itself is a high security key vault that is UL listed against physical attack.

The Knox Box itself is a high security key vault that is UL listed against physical attack.

Make sure you inspect the property during the wettest time of the year and that it is suitable for your potential plans. The presence of wetlands could potentially impact development plans.  One could ask the seller to produce an approved wetland delineation prior to closing on the property.

Brett Memorial Ice Arena:

  • A maximum of 20 people will be allowed on the ice. With a maximum of 100 total persons in the building.

Reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 48 hours ahead of the day you wish to skate.  This is to avoid lines and keep the lobby clear.  Parent/guardian may reserve space for up to 6 household members.

  • You may begin calling the Brett Memorial Ice Arena on Monday, May 18 to make a reservation at (907)861-7690.
  • Following the State of Alaska guidelines issued May 6, 2020.

o   Each participant will be screened prior to entering the facility. No one can enter the facility who is exhibiting symptoms, or who has knowingly been in contact with a suspected positive case of COVID-19 within the past 14 days.  No participant may use the facility or join a skating activity within 72 hours of exhibiting a fever.

  • No observers are allowed, except for parents or guardians.  Parents or guardians should maintain a six-foot distance from other non-household parents or guardians.
  • It is strongly suggested that cloth face coverings be worn by all patrons.
  • 10-foot social distancing by non-household members should be maintained.
  • Please avoid congregating around the rink, player’s benches, seats or other common areas.
  • Restrooms will be open, and cleaned and disinfected hourly.
  • Locker rooms will be opened and cleaned hourly or as needed by use.
  • Player’s benches will be cleaned after use.
  • Water fountains and vending machines will be available and cleaned hourly or as needed by use.
  • Touch-point sanitization (e.g., workstations, equipment, screens, and doorknobs) throughout work site will be cleaned hourly
  • The Arena will conduct pre-shift staff screening and maintain a private staff screening log.
  • No employee displaying symptoms of COVID-19 may provide services to customers. Symptomatic or ill employees may not report to work.
  • No employee may report to the work site within 72 hours of exhibiting a fever.
  • Activities that will be offered:

o   Public Skate

o   Freestyle (public figure skating)

o   Stick Time (public hockey skating with stick and puck)*

o   Learn to Skate classes in limited numbers and skill level. Only offer classes to those who can already move on the ice so that instructors can keep their social distance from students

o   Individual Instruction for upper level skaters.

o   Private Ice Rentals for families and groups of up to 20 will be allowed.

o   Skate Sharpening – skates would be dropped off and disinfected before handling with minimum of a 24 hour turn around maybe longer if needed.

*Players may wear shin guards, pants or elbow pads over their sweat pants or street clothes if they so desire for their safety. We will enforce our normal NO SCRIMMAGING during stick time to encourage the social distancing on the ice. Locker rooms and showers are closed until further notice. Goalies may request a changing room if needed.

Yes, the Borough has begun holding meetings again. 

Here are ways you can participate:

IN PERSON.: Should you wish to be in person, please adhere to the 6‑foot distance between yourself and others. It is highly recommended that you bring your own mask to wear.

IN WRITING: You can submit written comments to leg.com@matsugov.us

TELEPHONIC TESTIMONY:  Call 1‑833‑949‑2500. You will be able to hear the meeting while you wait for your turn to testify. You will know when it is your turn to testify when you hear a chime.

Those who wish to observe the meeting may do so in one of the following ways:

 

 

 

 

The main Borough building is open to the Public by appointment only.

We'd like you to call us for an appointment at 861-7801

and we will help you get an appointment as soon as possible.

We are still developing the full policy. These are the procdures currently in place:

For all people entering the Facility:

  • Do not enter if you or a close family member is ill.
  • use Hand Sanitzer upon entry
  • Please wear a face cover
  • If you need a face cover, we do have them available
  • Please observe Social Distancing- keep six feet apart
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • To the extent possible, do not touch surfaces like doorknobs, handles, countertops, elevator buttons, or other commonly touched items without disinfecting first.
 

Yes.  You can call Alaska 211. For current information related to COVID-19, including service changes and closures statewide dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-478-2221. Extended call center hours:  7am – 8pm, 7 days a week. You can also email at: alaska211@ak.org or visit their website at: https://alaska211.org/

No, not unless there are weight restrictions in place, and then all we can do is caution them that they may be exceeding those restrictions. The public roads are just that, public.  We cannot restrict the use of the roads to any one user just because someone does not want them using them.

Yes, we have 14.7 acres available on the barge dock that can be utilized for temporary storage of materials as well as 14 square miles of uplands available for commercial lease.

Contact Therese Dolan,Port Operations Manager at (907) 861-7798, for specific information.

When setting up air monitoring to represent an area, at least one of the sites is required to be in an area with the highest air pollution. When funding is limited, and resources exist only for one site, it should be located in the area of highest impact. In this way, a limited monitoring network is still protective of the public and when that monitor shows good air quality, one can assume that the other areas are clean as well.

Everyone pays road tax as part of their tax assessment.  If you reside or own property in a designated RSA, you are responsible to pay your fair share of those maintenance costs incurred by that RSA.

Borough primarily has documented 2 different particulate matter (PM) air quality issues. Areas in the Borough experience blowing dust particles, typically in the fall and spring, primarily from natural sources (glacial silt) and is therefore not required to control sources of dust pollution.  The Butte area has documented elevated PM2.5 levels which can be exacerbated by inversions in the winter months that trap smoke from wood stoves, burn barrels, and slash burning close to the ground. 

Port MacKenzie is located in Upper Cook Inlet which has a tidal range of 41 feet, among the highest in the world. Port MacKenzie consists of a 14.7 acres barge dock with a 500’ bulkhead at -20’ mean lower low water (MLLW), a 1,200’ long deep-draft dock at -60’ MLLW, and 9,033 acres (14 square miles) of adjacent uplands which are available for commercial lease.

There is a filter rock ramp adjacent to the south wingwall of the barge dock which is useable one hour before high tide until one hour after high tide for vessels with ramps. The barge dock has a gravel surface with a load capacity of 1,000 lbs./sq ft. The deep-draft dock is equipped with a 5’ wide conveyor system capable of loading bulk commodities at 2,000 tons/hour.

There is a 7,000 square foot terminal building located on the barge dock with office space available for lease.

The road must be certified by the Borough that it is constructed to Borough standards.  If it is not, that is the responsibility of the residents on that road to bear the costs of bringing it up to a certifiable condition.  After that is done, the residents can petition or request the Borough inspect it again and consider it for maintenance if it meets the required standards.

This is something that comes through the local RSA board during the CIP process.  If you want a street light you must make your local board aware of your request and they will bring it forward as a request on the CIP list.  One of the major criteria for street lights is intersections that are also school bus stops.

Dust control for gravel roads are a CIP (Capital Improvement Program) issue and must start at the local RSA board level for nomination and inclusion in the program. The Road Superintendents will also place very dusty roads in the nomination process with the RSA board during the development of the CIP list.

The current MOU has been in effect since 2006 and it focuses primarily on DEC and the Borough working together to ensure that air monitoring results and health effects are communicated to the public. In this MOU, DEC supplies and operates the monitors and assists the Mat-Su Borough in communicating advisories and alerts. It is important to note that these advisories and alerts relate not only to PM2.5 issues, but also to PM10 and is a critical notification for people that can have major health impacts when air quality is compromised.

Our ambulance crews are professionals, trained to know what should be done in an emergency. They will evaluate you.  If they believe you should be transported, they will try to convince you as to why you should seek the opinion of a physician. If you still refuse, we will ask you to sign a form stating that you refused our care to relieve us from liability, should your condition later worsen. You will also be advised to call 9-1-1 or seek treatment should your condition worsen. There is no charge if you are not transported via ambulance.

Coarse particulate matter, or PM10, is less than 10 micrometers in diameter and it primarily comes from road dust, agriculture dust, river beds, construction sites, mining operations and similar activities. The Borough primarily experiences PM10 as blowing dust.

Fine particulate matter, or PM2.5 is less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter and is a product of combustion, primarily caused by burning fuels.

A Knox Box is part of a high-security key box system, designed to give firefighters and emergency services immediate access to locked buildings, elevators, and other secured areas.

A Knox Box is part of a high-security key box system, designed to give firefighters and emergency services immediate access to locked buildings, elevators, and other secured areas.

An Aviation Activity Notice Area is a designated overlay district that is meant to only notice land owners of existing activities within a maximum defined distance of 5,000 feet from a federally registered airport. The airport owner voluntarily requests the borough to create the overlay for their airport. The airport owner must fill out an application and follow a process before the notice area can exist.

We have the deepest draft capability in upper Cook Inlet. The largest vessel we have docked at our Port has been a Super Panamax vessel with a length of 754’ and depth of 45.3’; we have docked many Panamax Class vessels and have the capability of docking Cape Class vessels. The face of our Deep-Draft dock is 1200’ at -60’ at Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW).

Latitude: 61° degrees, 16' minutes, north 05.1975; Longitude: 149° degrees, 55' minutes, west 01.4174

This is the initial operations plan that will continue to be updated as we go forward. You can find and and download the file HERE.

These get-togethers can range in size. They could include birthday parties, graduation celebrations, neighborhood block parties, weddings, funerals, and other get-togethers with family and friends. On the larger side, they could include parades, sports events and fun runs, fairs and concerts.   

The State of Alaska recently published lessons learned and guidance for organizers planning large gatherings  that include more than 250 people. This number includes all attendees during the entire course of the event, such as participants, spectators, players, performers, staff, vendors, volunteers, security, medical personnel and others.

As Alaska reopens, your family can make a choice after considering a number of factors. Here are just a few questions to consider:

  • Is the gathering inside or outside?
  • How large is it, and will you be able to keep enough space between you and others?
  • Have the other attendees been following the recommended precautions to prevent getting and spreading illness?
  • Are attendees encouraged to wear face coverings and to stay home if feeling ill?
  • If food and drink are served, are they being shared in a way that helps prevent the spread of infection?
  • One example to prevent the spread of illness would be having one chosen cook at the event who wears a face covering and serves foods and drinks to everyone, limiting the number of people who touch the serving utensils. Or, people attending the event could be asked to bring their own food and drink and not share it with others. 
  • Will you be able to wash or sanitize your hands, and will hosts or organizers be cleaning and disinfecting commonly-touched surfaces like doorknobs, handles or tabletops?

Overall, outdoor gatherings typically have a lower risk of spreading illness due to the air flow and amount of open space for distance. But outdoor events still must offer other precautions in order to prevent spreading COVID-19. That includes giving people enough space to stay at least 6 feet from others, recommending or even providing face coverings when people may get closer than 6 feet, offering enough hand washing and sanitizing stations, cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces, and more.

More information on how to reduce risks for gatherings can be found on the State of Alaska “Play Every Day” blog. 

Port MacKenzie has 3-Phase electrical power, power capstans, quick release hooks, two fire hydrants, high mast lights, and a telephone booth. Fuel service, waste oil disposal, and garbage disposal may be contracted as needed.

The purpose of the AANA is to only notify land owners of existing airport activities.

We specialize in bulk commodities such as gravel, coal, wood chips, cement, etc. However, we have also shipped modular homes, oil field modules for the North Slope, logs, and heavy equipment.

  • Wasilla Pool will open on Wednesday May 20, and Palmer Pool on Friday, May 22.  Please check the Pool website starting this Friday, May 15 for schedule.  We will be offering open swim and lap swim on a limited basis.  There will be no swim lessons offered at this time.  The hot tubs will also be closed until further notice.
  • A maximum of 30 people will be allowed in the water during open swim times and 12 during lap swim. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 48 hours ahead of the day you wish to swim.  This is to avoid lines and keep the lobby clear.
  • Reservations can be made starting Monday, May 18 at 12 noon for the Wasilla Pool by calling (907)861-7680.  Reservations for the Palmer Pool can be made starting at 12 noon on Wednesday, May 20 by calling (907)861-7670.
  • Following the State of Alaska guidelines issued May 6, 2020.

o   Each participant will be screened prior to entering the pool or locker room areas. No one can enter the pool or locker room areas who is exhibiting symptoms, or who has knowingly been in contact with a suspected positive case of COVID-19 within the past 14 days.  No participant may use the facility or join a swim activity within 72 hours of exhibiting a fever.

  • No observers are allowed, except for parents or guardians.  Parents or guardians should maintain a six-foot distance from other non-household parents or guardians.
  • It is strongly suggested that cloth face coverings be worn by all patrons, except when in the water.
  • 10-foot social distancing by non-household members should be maintained while swimming laps or otherwise exercising in the pool.
  • Please avoid congregating on the deck of the pool or other common areas.
  • The Pool, deck, and other communal spaces will be fully sanitized prior to opening each day.
  • We will do hourly touch-point sanitization (e.g., on all workstations, equipment, screens, and doorknobs) throughout work site.
  • Patrons must arrive at the facility in swimwear. Outer wear like sweat pants and jackets are allowed to be worn from car into the facility.  The lockers in the locker rooms will not be allowed to be used and patrons should quickly remove their outer clothes and put them in a gym bag in the locker room area.  No clothes may be stored in the lockers.  Patrons should then shower and move to the pool area.
  • Upon completion of swimming, patrons may put their outer clothes on at the pool deck or in the locker and leave the building.  The doors to the locker room will remain unlocked.
  • Pool employees will be screened prior to their shift and we will maintain a private staff screening log.
  • Any staff member who is symptomatic or ill will not report to work.  No employee may report to the work site within 72 hours of exhibiting a fever.

Currently, there is one PM2.5 (fine particulate matter) monitoring site in the Borough located in the Butte at Harrison Ct.  In addition to the current monitor, previous sampling locations within the Borough include:                                                                                                                                    

  • Palmer Parks and Maintenance Building (1973-78)
  • South Big Lake Road (1985- 2003, with PM2.5 monitoring from 3/4/2000 to 12/31/2002)
  • Kirsten Square - 1451 E Parks Highway (1/1/1986- 7/31/1986)
  • Colony School Drive (4/11/1998-12/31/1998)
  • Trapper Creek (Established in 2001, still ongoing monitoring for the NPS IMPROVE site, transport site for Denali National Park)
  • 100 W Swanson Ave, Wasilla (1/1/2008-9/30/2012)- closed due to budget cuts and low measurement levels
  • Palmer, on S. Gulkana Street, recently decommissioned (1/2008 - 7/2019)- closed due to budget cuts and low measurement levels

PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT CLOSURE 

Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Mat-Su Borough School District, Cities of Palmer, Wasilla, and Houston are UNITED IN FLATTENING THE COVID-19 CURVE.

The parks will remain open at this time. While outdoor play is still encouraged, we are asking that everyone stay off of playground equipment. 

Notice To Travelers Arriving in Alaska: Beginning Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. travelers arriving into Alaska from another state or country must follow new protocols.  Read the new rules at the Traveler Information Page.

Visit the Matanuska-Susitna Borough COVID-19 Hub for testing site locations within the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Visit the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services COVID-19 website for COVID-19 testing information, such as where to get tested, who can get tested, symptoms of COVID-19, and what to do if you think you are sick. 

The State of Alaska wants to make it as easy as possible for Alaskans to get tested for COVID-19 at the first sign of even very mild symptoms. The state does not endorse or suggest any particular testing site or company, but the State of Alaska testing site locator is provided to help you quickly locate testing sites near you. For more information you can also visit the State of Alaska Health and Social Services Facebook page or the State of Alaska COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information page. 

Have travel questions? You may find some of your answers by reading the Alaska Travel FAQ's. 

 

COVID-19 Health mandates are orders issued by Governor Mike Dunleavy, Alaska Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum, and Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink. Health mandates must be followed and can be found on the State of Alaska COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information Page.  

 Notice To Travelers Arriving in Alaska: Beginning Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 12:01am travelers arriving into Alaska from another state or country must follow new protocols. Read the new rules at the Traveler Information Page.

 There is a new centralized website where you can find resources from the Office of Governor Mike Dunleavy, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, and Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. State of Alaska Centralized  CoVid-19 Site

As of this writing, there are 10 testing locations in the Valley, this page has the most up-to-date info we have:

MSB Testing Locations

Doctors around the Mat Su Borough of Alaska in accordance with State guidelines are able to relax the way they are testing for COVID19. With guidance from the Department of Health and Social Services the testing criteria has changed over the last few days.

If you feel sick, are sick and want to be tested for COVID19 here are the criteria you must meet, and the locations in the Borough that are offering some type COVID 19 testing. If you have problems getting tested, please contact the Mat Su Borough EOC at 861-8512 and we will attempt to address those concerns with/for you.

Criteria: 

The symptoms of COVID-19 vary widely from minor cold like symptoms to more serious symptoms like shortness of breath, fevers and trouble breathing.  If you are newly ill with respiratory symptoms, you should be screened.  Some people present with gastrointestinal symptoms as well such as diarrhea or fatigue and muscle aches.  These individuals may be tested as well. Each clinic offering COVID testing has their own protocols for patient screening and testing. Some protocols include, patient registration, screening, or an exam by a medical professional prior to testing. Protocols may vary between clinics and locations.    

Locations:

Mat-Su Regional Medical Center

2500 S. Woodworth Lp, Palmer, AK  99645

(907) 861-6000

Mat-Su Regional Medical Urgent Care

9am-7pm Daily

950 E Bogard Rd, Ste. 103, Wasilla, AK  99654

(907)-352-2880

Urgent Care at Lake Lucille

M-F 8am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-5pm

185 E Parks Hwy., Wasilla, AK  99654

(907) 373-4200

Capstone Clinic

M-F, 8am – 8pm

3122 E Meridian Park Lp, Wasilla

(907) 864-4642

Capstone Clinic Palmer Mobile Testing Site

M-F 8am – 6pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm

12039 E. Maple Springs Way Suite A, Palmer

(907) 864-4642

Mat-Su Health Services

M-F, 7:30am-4:30pm

1363 W Spruce Ave, Wasilla, AK  99654

(907) 376-2411

Mat-Su Health Services- Big Lake

M-F, 9am-4:30pm

3261 Big Lake Road, Big Lake, Wasilla, AK 99654

(907) 376-2411

Benteh Nuutah Valley Native Primary Care

1001 S Knik Goose Bay Rd., Wasilla, AK 99654

(907) 631-7600

C'eyiits' Hwnax Life House Community Health Center

M-F, 8am-5pm

11495 N Callison St., Sutton, AK  99674

(907) 631-7665

Sunshine Community Health Center

M-F, 9am-5pm

24091 Long Lake Road, Willow, AK  99688

(907) 495-4100 Call first to get screened, no walk-ins

 

 

Most of our exports have gone to the North Slope, South Korea, Japan, and China.

I have questions about:DepartmentTelephone Number
Pet Adoptions
Animal Complaints
Animal Shelter
Spay/Neuter Clinics
Lost and Found
Pet Licensing
Animal Care 761-7501
Address Change
Land Ownership
Property Value Assessed
Aircraft Registration Tax
Exemptions
Assessments 861-8642
Port Rail Extension
Road Construction
School Projects
Speed Bumps
Traffic Signals
Capital Projects 861-7702
Abandoned Vehicles
Landfills
Transfer Stations
Junk & Trash in Right-of-Ways
Construction Debris
Central Landfill 861-7600
Elections & Voting
Registrations
Community Councils
Assembly Districts
Borough Board Inquiries
Gaming Permits
Ordinances
Clerks 861-8683
Alcohol Licenses
Building Permits
Burials on Property
City Limits
Code Violations/Questions
Construction Permits
Driveway Permits
Easements
Encroachments
Erosion
Fireworks
Flood Areas
Junk and Trash
Land Use Permits
Marijuana: Cultivation/Sales
Rig-of-Way Issues
Setbacks
Utility Permits
Wetlands
Development Services 861-7822
Borough Land Sales & Foreclosures
Timber Cutting Permits
Gravel from Borough
Land & Resource Management 861-7869
Blocked culverts
Drainage Issues
Paving
Potholes
Streets & Sidewalks
Talkeetna Water & Sewer
Road Hotline
Operations & Maintenance 861-7755
Aircraft/Lakes
Census
Community Councils
Comprehensive Plans Grants
Historical
Lake Management Plans
Planning Commission/Board
Planning 861-7833
Subdiving Property
Eliminating Lot Lines
Road Names
Vacation of Right-of-Ways
Subdivision Regulations
Waivers
Platting 861-7874
Gym Rental
Ice Rink
Parks
Pools
Trailhead Parking
Trails
Recreational Services 861-8578
Business Licenses
Bed Tax
Revenue & Budget 861-8442
Commercial Development Alteration
Change of Occupancy
Development of 4-plex or larger
Central Mat-Su Fire 861-8030

Additional Resources:

Service

State or City Organization

Phone Number

Burn Permits

Dept of Forestry

761-4300, 745-2105, 376-5329

Birth Certificates

Courthouse

746-8181

City of Houston

 

892-6869

City of Palmer

 

745-3271

City of Wasilla

 

373-9050

Driveway Permits on State Roads

State of Alaska

269-0695

Mat-Su School District

 

745-9200

Well and Septic

State of Alaska

376-1850

Wetlands/swamps

Army Corp of Engineers

907-753-2712

Contact the Borough’s Land Department for information on leasing property at (907) 861-7869. Business or Non-Profit Lease and Permit applications can be found on the Land Management Forms page.

April 7, 2020 the State of Alaska Division of Forestry issued a press release regarding suspension of burn permits. The Alaska Division of Forestry (DOF) will suspend all burn permits – both small- and large-scale – effective at midnight on April 30, in anticipation of the impacts of COVID-19 on Alaska’s wildland firefighting resources this summer. 

As epidemiology investigates each case they reach out to the specific people who might have come in contact with the patient.

If the doctors think a specific place or location needs to be named to help mitigate the spread of the virus they will release that information to the public. If they do not feel that information would be helpful or might cause undue panic then that information is not released. Of course every patient’s situation is examined on a case by case basis.

 

There is a new centralized website: https://covid19.alaska.gov/ where you can find resources from the Office of Governor Mike Dunleavy, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, and Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. 

Speed bumps/humps are a maintenance concern both in maintaining them and for equipment.  They are also a liability for two wheel traffic both motorcycles and bicycles.

It does absolutely no good to grade a dry road, it actually does more damage than good as it causes to road surface to unravel and it pulls the larger rocks in the surface loose.  It also removes the fines from the surface, and it is that material that binds the top portion of the road together.

You own property within 5,000’ from the existing airport. This is part of the public process and we are seeking your input before we go to the Assembly.

In case of an emergency, a Knox Box allows firefighters faster access without costly forced-entry damage.

In case of an emergency, a Knox Box allows firefighters faster access without costly forced-entry damage.

DEC began monitoring ambient air quality in Palmer/Butte area in summer 1985 in response to smoke generated by fires used to clear land in Point Mackenzie. As a result of this sampling, heavy dust loads were detected, and, by the 1990's Borough complaints about dust in Butte/Palmer had increased.

Federal requirements mandate at least one PM2.5 State and Local Air Monitoring Station (SLAM) for areas with populations between 50,000 and 500,000:                                                            

  • At least one site must be placed in a location that is expected to have the maximum concentration. (Butte meets this requirement)
  • At least one PM2.5 monitoring location in an area with a most recent three-year design value that is ≥85% of any PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). (Butte exceeds 85%)
  • At least one PM2.5 site to monitor regional background and regional transport. (Palmer site met this requirement)
Simply put, the Borough does not have the authority to manage local air quality programs without an MOU with the State. The Alaska State Legislature has mandated that the Alaska DEC assess, evaluate, and mediate environmental issues that may affect the health and welfare of residents within the state (Title 46 of the Alaska Statutes). Authority for managing air quality can be delegated to a second class borough (AS 29.35.210) through AS 46.14.400 which requires DEC approval of any local program through a cooperative agreement or MOU. Without an MOU, the Borough does not have broad powers to create or manage local air quality programs which include actions like updating outdated Air Quality Code (Matanuska-Susitna Borough Code 8.30), implementing a voluntary cost-share program for homeowners looking to improve the efficiency of their home heating devices, or providing a seasoned-wood swap out program.

The RSA Contractors are required (by contract) to “minimize snow berms” as best as can be expected and they are allowed to leave a berm of 12 inches or less and no more than 24 inches at the base in driveways. Any berms left in front of mailboxes are the responsibility of the resident, but again the contractors are asked to try and minimize the size and depth of the snow left behind. This is all due to economics, the RSA cannot bear the costs of a no berm policy.

This is what we should be doing, we could then grade roads all summer and not have to wait for natural moisture (rain) to occur.  The practice of pre-watering the roads prior to grading is cost prohibitive, that is the only reason we do not do this.

This question has to be directed to your local RSA board for inclusion in the CIP (Capital Improvement Program) process.

Ambient air quality monitoring is expensive. Monitoring stations have to be set up for at least 3 years to produce sufficient data to compare to the national standards. This requires a lot of money for equipment and staff. In recent years, due to the State budget situation, the State has reduced the number of monitoring stations. DEC currently does not have the staff or funding to expand the monitoring network. DEC relies on public complaints to identify other areas of concern.

PM2.5 is associated with more severe health consequences: the smaller the particle, the greater the potential to impact health because they are small enough to slip through our natural defenses in the oral and nasal passages and penetrate farther into the respiratory tract and even enter the bloodstream. PM2.5 particles can lodge in the very small air sacs of the lungs which can slow the transfer of oxygen and carbon dioxide and cause the heart to work harder to achieve the same rate of transfer.   These are similar to the health effects caused by the particles in cigarette smoke. This effect is most noticeable in children and the elderly as well as people with respiratory diseases like bronchitis, asthma, emphysema, or heart problems. However, particulate inhalation can affect all people and adverse effects may only appear after repeated low concentration exposures or exposure to extremely high concentrations.

Pulmonologist Dr. Owen Hanley from Fairbanks provides an excellent summary of the health impacts of PM2.5. What you breathe matters - here's why (27 minutes)


 

These types of signs are thought to be a means of traffic calming, and they do not work in that capacity. The Borough posts speed limits that appropriate for residential areas and the enforcement of those speed limits are not within the powers of the Borough.

The RSA budgets cannot afford the cost to do this.

The subject of the upcoming elections is being discussed at the State and local levels.  Election professionals around the State are keeping in touch and discussing the upcoming elections. The Mat-Su Borough is watching the issue closely and will continue to evaluate the situation. If there are any suggested changes to the Mat-Su Borough’s regular election in November, it will be discussed with the Assembly at a public meeting, so the public will be fully informed.