Tri-Borough, peninsula mayors in all-day meetings Thursday

Posted: Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Borough Mayor John Williams will meet with his Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna Borough counterparts Thursday in Soldotna.

Among the topics for the Tri-Borough Commission meeting will be an update of the Alaska Methamphetamine Education (AME) Program and efforts to secure legislative funding for that program. The meeting is scheduled at noon in the Denali Conference Room at Central Peninsula Hospital.

Williams, along with Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich and Mat-Su Borough Mayor Lynne Woods, are spearheading a joint effort to combat the devastating effects of meth use. Hospital officials are expected to present the AME program with a check for $25,000.

Immediately prior to the meeting, Williams will attend a meeting of the Peninsula Conference of Mayors, including the mayors and city managers of Seldovia, Seward, Homer, Kenai, Soldotna and Kachemak City. That meeting kicks off at 9 a.m. at the hospital conference room.

The peninsula mayors’ agenda includes discussion of state legislative issues, what to do about junk cars, an update of the Mat-Su Borough ferry system project (Williams would like to see it connect someday to a dock at Point Possession, presuming a road is built), and the meth education project.

During a joint luncheon, the two groups are scheduled to hear from former House Speaker Gail Phillips on current planning efforts for the state’s 50th anniversary celebration.

During the afternoon Tri-Borough session, William’s liaison to the energy industry, Bill Popp, will discuss a draft outline of a proposed Southcentral Energy Policy, a project Popp said they hope to have well under way within a month or so.

Also up for discussion is an update of the proposed Knik Arm Bridge project.

The meetings are open to the public.

Hal Spence can be reached at harold.spence@peninsu

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