MAYOR SULLIVAN CALLS ANCHORAGE’S LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM A “RESOUNDING SUCCESS”
Anchorage projects well represented in State’s capital budget
Contact: Sarah Erkmann
ANCHORAGE- Mayor Dan Sullivan today thanked Anchorage legislators for their hard work in securing numerous capital projects for the state’s largest city, as well as passing legislation critical to the city’s future.
“The focus of the State’s capital budget on infrastructure and construction is a good way to direct government money back to the private sector while giving our local economy a shot in the arm,” said Mayor Sullivan. “Anchorage did very well in the capital budget, which provides us with some relief during a time when we’re struggling on the local level,” he added.
Key general fund projects for Anchorage include (all numbers are rounded):
- $37.5M toward the Port of Anchorage expansion that is critical to advance the project, and will be used to leverage federal dollars.
- $500,000 for a Point MacKenzie shoal study to provide direction for a long-term solution to the growing Point MacKenzie shoal.
Under the category of public safety:
- $1.4M for police in-car digital video that will allow for evidentiary video recording of traffic and other responded incidents, and increased officer safety.
- $1.5M for a Southcentral law enforcement tactical range, an outdoor shooting facility designed to accommodate various firearms and simultaneous training of multiple agencies.
- $600,000 for numerous tools to aid the Anchorage Fire Dept., including a rescue boat, CPR compression devices, and vehicle replacements.
Transportation was successful with:
- Pavement rehab matching ($6M).
- Flooding, glaciation and drainage matching program ($5M).
- 9th Avenue Reconstruction Phase II ($3.6M).
As part of Mayor Sullivan’s emphasis on Project 80s renewal, a total of almost $10M:
- Loussac Library reconstruction and upgrades ($5M).
- Sullivan Arena upgrades ($2M).
- Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center’s collections storage improvement ($1.5M).
- Alaska Center for the Performing Arts improvements ($732,000).
- Dempsey Anderson Ice Arena ($250,000) and Ben Boeke Ice Arena ($300,000) upgrades.
- Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center upgrades for carports, parking lot maintenance and a new kitchen/dining room to meet community needs ($4.2M).
- Money to upgrade neighborhood parks ($1.5M).
- Glen Alps Trailhead (Flattop Mtn.) parking expansion ($715,000)
Among the legislative highlights identified by the mayor and passed by the Legislature:
- The passage of House Bill 7, Representative Cathy Munoz and Senator Kevin Meyer’s Act that criminalizes the use of dangerous, synthetic marijuana products called “Spice,” “Spike” or “K2.”
- The passage of House Bill 155, which raises the limit from $2,000 to $20,000 on Little Davis Bacon projects.
- Rep. Mike Hawker’s House Bill 16, a continuation of the Alaska Senior Benefits Payment program, passed and was signed into law.
The process of identifying Anchorage’s legislative priorities began in August, and the mayor and his staff met with members of the Anchorage caucus in November to discuss the city’s needs. Local community councils and organizations also submitted their priorities. Each project was vetted for need, and scrutinized by the mayor and his executive team. A list of priority projects resulted, and a formal legislative program was submitted to and approved by the Anchorage Assembly on Jan. 11, 2011. In addition, the mayor traveled to Juneau to advocate for Anchorage projects during the regular session.
Gov. Sean Parnell has until July 1 to issue vetoes and to sign the capital budget, Senate Bill 46, into law.