Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Stepping up holiday weekend patrols

Mat-Su | Patty Sullivan | Wednesday, August 27, 2008

MAT-SU – This Labor Day weekend, a code compliance officer who normally patrols the Borough alone on busy holidays will have help.

Two security officers, under contract, will assist a Borough code compliance officer in patrolling the Matanuska-Susitna Borough from Big Lake to Knik River.

"With the resources we have, the amount of area we need to patrol, and the number of complaints we receive, the extra help is definitely needed," said Robert Guertin, Chief of the Code Compliance Division.

dumped garbage in field Code compliance officers regularly patrol every weekend but on holidays sometimes the violations increase and require more officers. On July 4th, for example, there was a high volume of complaints. Fireworks were being shot off all over the Borough. Fireworks are only legal inside the city limits of Houston on private property with permission from the property owner.

Officers are concerned with health and safety violations such as fireworks, littering, and public nuisances.

The supplemental patrols are taking place over the Labor Day weekend on a trial basis.

For more information call Robert Guertin, chief of Code Compliance at 745-9865.