Minutes of the Regular Meeting

Denali Borough Assembly

Cantwell School

February 12, 2003

 

CALL TO ORDER    Presiding Officer Jim Caswell called the regular meeting to order at 7:20 pm.

 

ROLL CALL               Assembly members present were: Jim Caswell, Gerald Pollock, Sid Michaels, Baxter Mercer, Bob Shelton, and David Evans.  Assembly members absent included Carol Shields, Teresa Hall, and Neal Laugman.  Mayor Talerico was also absent as he was in Juneau.

 

Also present:  Borough Clerk-Treasurer-Assistant Administrator Shelly Acteson, Land Technician-Landfill Supervisor Gail Pieknik, and Administrative Clerk-Accounts Payable Clerk Amanda Nyberg.

 

MICHAELS MOVED to excuse the absent Assembly members, and POLLOCK seconded.  The VOTE was unanimous.

 

AGENDA                   POLLOCK requested adding a discussion concerning the request to remove water from Otto Lake.  CASWELL requested deleting Mr. Joe Fields from the agenda, as he is unable to make this meeting.

 

MERCER MOVED to approve as amended, and MICHAELS seconded.  The VOTE was unanimous.

 

The Chairman and the Vice Chairman of the Planning Commission were not in attendance.  The Assembly asked MICHAELS if he would act as the Planning Commission Chairman today.  MICHAELS agreed.

 

PLANNING                MICHAELS called the Planning Commission meeting to order

COMMISSION           and noted that there was a quorum present.

 

1.)  Update on DNR’s request to receive a public right of way for

                                    the Borough for two roads in order to legalize access to the Rex trail.

                                               

                                    Land Technician Gail Pieknik said the Borough had not

received an update from any of the entities involved in this issue.

 

2.)  Discussion regarding the action taken by the Commission during the last meeting accepting a State of Alaska lease application to lease Borough land, and State filing fee for $100.00 from Mr. Frank Talerico.

 

Pieknik read her report and suggested that the Planning Commission rescind the action they took during the last meeting that accepted money from Mr. Frank Talerico.

 

Discussion followed.

 

POLLOCK MOVED to rescind the portion of the action taken that accepted the application and the funds from Mr. Talerico.  EVANS seconded.  The VOTE was unanimous.

 

 3.)  Request for a non-conforming use determination from Mr. Steve Jones, Village View Subdivision.

 

Land Technician Gail Pieknik read her report that outlined her suggestions.

 

MICHAELS suggested that Pieknik put together a document of determination or a letter that defines what is allowed as a nonconforming use on the property for the next Planning Commission meeting.  The Planning Commission agreed by unanimous consent.

 

Village View resident Mary Pearson said she lives across the street from the Mr. Jones and she does not have a problem with the way it is now.

 

Village View resident Steve Jones addressed his concerns with Pieknik’s recommendation in relation to the replacement of a building if it burns down.

 

MICHAELS adjourned the Planning Commission meeting.

 

MINUTES                   1.)  Assembly Meeting:  Work Session, Public Hearing, and Regular meeting held on January 8, 2003.

 

MICHAELS commented on the work session minutes.

 

After minimal discussion and a few clarifications from the public, MICHAELS MOVED to adopt, and POLLOCK seconded.  The VOTE was unanimous.

 

FINANCIAL                1.)  Financial Report for December 2002.

REPORT

                                    MERCER MOVED to receive, and POLLOCK seconded.  The VOTE was unanimous.

 

MAYOR’S                  Mayor Talerico submitted a written report.

REPORT

 

DBSD SUPT.            Denali Borough School District Superintendent gave a brief

REPORT                    overview of his written report that discussed the School Business Partnership Program, their most recent increases in insurance, the district area cost study, and the progress of the Tri-Valley Code Upgrade Project. 

 

ASSEMBLY               EVANS requested an explanation from the Administration of

COMMENTS             how the Borough insures everyone who is suppose to collect severance tax in accordance with the Borough ordinances.  The Clerk noted his request.

 

                                    MERCER discussed the issue of who owns the road in front of GVEA in Healy.

 

COMMITTEES          1.)  Appoint Land Use Planning Committee Seat G.  Applicant:  Tammy Scholten.

                                   

                                    MICHAELS MOVED to appoint Tammy Scholten to Land Use Planning Committee, Seat G, and EVANS seconded.  The VOTE was unanimous.

 

PUBLIC                      Panguingue Creek resident Andrea Blakesley spoke against the

COMMENTS             proposed resolution pertaining to HB 244.  She said she’s never been asked her opinion of HB 244.

 

                                    Borough resident Linda Paganelli spoke in favor of having the written minutes of the Assembly work session.  

 

                                    Cantwell resident Gordon Carlson spoke in favor of the railroad project.

 

                                    Borough resident Steve Jones brought up the issue of DOT’s approval of Aramark’s right-of-way in the Canyon.

 

                                    Borough resident Chuck Bale asked what is so horrible about taxes.

 

                                    Cantwell resident Jim Wright expressed his opinion concerning taxes.

 

                                    Ferry resident Sue Deyoe reminded everyone that the Borough has access to 49,000 acres of land as part of their Municipal Entitlement. 

 

                                    Borough resident Andrea Blakesley spoke in favor of the Borough respecting each other’s needs and uses of the wolf townships.

 

ORDINANCES          1.)  Ordinance 02-11, Version B, an Ordinance creating Title IV, Chapter 28 of the Denali Borough Code of Ordinances providing for evaluation and acquisition of economic development land by the Borough.  This ordinance pertains to the implementation of HB 244.

                                   

                                    CASWELL relinquished the gavel to Deputy Presiding Officer POLLOCK.

 

CASWELL spoke in favor of the ordinance, and the positive effect this project would have on educational funding.

 

                                    CASWELL MOVED to change the 5th line, page 2, and the word “shall” to “may” and the word “shall” on line 7 should remain in the document.  MERCER seconded.  The VOTE was unanimous.

 

                                    EVANS spoke in favor of utilizing the Borough’s land entitlements to take us into the future. 

 

                                    CASWELL agreed with EVANS, and said the Borough should be concerned with short term and long term financial planning.

 

                                    MICHAELS MOVED to postpone this ordinance until the next meeting, and MERCER seconded.  The VOTE was unanimous.

 

                                    POLLOCK returned the gavel to CASWELL.

                                   

                                    2.)  Ordinance 02-12, Version A, an Ordinance amending the procedure for filling a vacancy on the Borough Assembly.

                                   

                                    MICHAELS MOVED to postpone until the next meeting, and POLLOCK seconded.  The VOTE was unanimous.

                                   

                                    3.)  Ordinance 03-01, Version A, an Ordinance amending the Denali Borough Code, Title II, Chapter 8, Assembly procedures, pertaining to the Assembly agenda.

                                   

                                    MERCER spoke in favor of the ordinance. 

 

                                    MICHAELS MOVED to amend the ordinance by removing “Planning Commission Business” from the agenda, and POLLOCK seconded.  The VOTE was unanimous.

 

                                    MICHAELS MOVED to postpone until the next meeting, and MERCER seconded.  The VOTE was unanimous.

 

RESOLUTIONS        1.)  A resolution expressing the commitment of the Denali Borough to proceed with the provisions of HB 244.

 

                                    MICHAELS MOVED to postpone until the next meeting.  MERCER seconded.  The VOTE was unanimous.

 

                                    2.)  A resolution of the Denali Borough Assembly in support of making electricity available from Milepost 251.1 to 276.8 Parks Highway, including the community of Ferry, on the east side of the Nenana River.

 

                                    MICHAELS MOVED to adopt POLLOCK seconded.  EVANS spoke in favor of the resolution. 

 

MICHAELS declared a possible conflict of interest by stating that his wife and her sister jointly own a land and cabin at Rock Creek.  The Assembly did not object to MICHAELS voting on this issue. 

 

Rock Creek resident Wayne Valcq expressed concern with the Legislature considering his area “urban”.

 

The ROLL call VOTE was unanimous.   This will be Resolution 03-02.

 

                                    3.)  A resolution reappointing check signers to Borough accounts held a Wells Fargo.

 

                                    MICHAELS MOVED to adopt, and MERCER seconded.  The ROLL call VOTE was unanimous.  This will be resolution 03-03.

 

                                    POLLOCK MOVED to suspend the rules and adjourn no later than 9:30 p.m.  MICHAELS seconded.  The VOTE was unanimous.

 

OTHER                       1.)  Liquor license renewal request from the Denali Cabins/The

BUSINESS                Loose Moose, Milepost 229 Parks Highway.

 

MICHAELS MOVED to take no action, and MERCER seconded.  The VOTE was unanimous.

 

2.) Liquor license renewal request from the Denali River Cabins, Milepost 231.1 Parks Highway.

 

MICHAELS MOVED to take no action, MERCER seconded.  The VOTE was unanimous.

 

3.)  Liquor license renewal request from Dew Drop Inn:  package store and beverage dispensary.

 

MICHAELS MOVED to take no action, MERCER seconded.  The VOTE was unanimous.

 

4.)  Public comments.

 

Ferry resident Jenasy Jensen thanked the Assembly for passing the electrification resolution.

 

Cantwell resident Gordon Carlson suggested that the Borough look into the plowing of the Cantwell School Road.  

 

Cantwell resident Kristen Friesen encouraged the Borough to put up a sign that lets travelers know where the Cantwell School is located.  

 

5.)  Request from DOT to remove water from Otto Lake.

 

POLLOCK and EVANS spoke against the request.

 

Discussion followed and MICHAELS MOVED to ask DOT to remove Otto Lake from the list until the Assembly has time to further review this request.  POLLOCK seconded.  The VOTE was unanimous.

 

ASSEMBLY               EVANS expressed his support of the Assembly making an

COMMENTS             informed decision when it comes to HB 244 issues.   

 

                                    MICHAELS brought up the idea of the Assembly discussing all of these important issues during the NARS Management Team meeting on March 1st.

 

                                    CASWELL said when he is trying to state the facts of an issue his ideas do not mean that he is offering a threat of any kind. 

 

                                    SHELTON questioned the track record of Kantishna Holdings. He said just because someone does not support the railroad project does not mean they do not support economic development in the Borough.

 

NEXT MEETING       The next Assembly meeting will be held on March 12, 2003 in Anderson.

 

ADJOURNMENT      CASWELL declared the regular meeting adjourned at 9:05 pm.

 

 

ATTEST:  SIGNATURE ON FILE    APPROVED:  SIGNATURE ON FILE

 

 

Date Approved:  ____________________