Proposed 2017 Capital Projects

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Project

Forest Health and Park Safety

Project scope

Funds will be used to conduct a follow-up risk assessment, develop a recommended strategy for species management (cottonwood, evergreen, birch), finalize a tree emergency plan and continue the clearing of hazard trees on parkland from the 2012 windstorm.

Project need

In September of 2012 more than 5000 trees were lost during a windstorm. Initial assessments estimate clean-up to be over 1 million dollars. The Anchorage Urban Forester's plan to address the damage include a mix of volunteer clean-up, commercial sales and contracted clean-up. Currently, park assets are safe for park and trail users, however as conditions change, follow-up risk assessment and clean-up is required.

Project status

Park Maintenance and horticulture crews have cleared parks and trails making current park assets safe for Anchorage citizens.

Project Comments

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This Community Council decided not to rank any of the Parks and Rec projects since our area is serviced by our C/ER Parks and Rec board of supervisors.

This seems to be related to Chester Creek cleanup, which AHCC supports.

Without site-specific projects included in the description, Turnagain Community Council is not ranking this CIP item. Specific projects should be included for evaluation in next year's CIP list.

Delete, not in council - Fairview

Girdwood pays for crews to clear and clean trails in our valley. We would appreciate funding for Firewise clearing of timber and for a study for a second access road in and out of the valley

SFCC - We would like to have this project deleted from our listings. This is not a problem to be solved through the CIP Program. It is a city-wide need that cannot be filled by MOA maintenance staff nor can we afford to pay for contract cleanup on this scale. It is being addressed in SFCC through a citizen self-help partnership with Park Operations. Since the 2012 Windstorm this partnership has resulted in over 3000 man hours of no cost labor being applied to clean over 70 acres of MOA parkland. This concept can be applied city-wide and such duties could be shifted to a citizen workforce maintaining their neighborhood parks at the community council level.

BCC decided not to rank any of the Parks and Rec projects since our area is serviced by our C/ER Parks and Rec board of supervisors.

FVCC - Re-requesting (for the second year in a row) that this project is removed from the Fairview Council priorities; it is still not in our council area.

MVCC - MVCC supports only with reference to clearing trees along Davis Park trails, and thinning vegetation which entices illegal campers to make Davis Park home.

Without site-specific projects, Turnagain Community Council is NOT RANKING this CIP item. Specific projects should be included in next year's CIP list for evaluation.