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Committees and Liaisons

Appointments by Assembly Chair Effective as of 06/02/2015

AD HOC COMMITTEE ON ALCOHOL & DRUG ABUSE

Chair: Bill Evans

Member: Amy Demboski

Member: Elvi Gray-Jackson

Member: Pete Petersen

The Assembly Ad Hoc Committee on Alcohol & Drug Abuse works with municipal agencies, non-profits, and private-sector entities to identify cause and effect of alcohol and drug abuse and disruptive behaviors amongst chronically homeless.  Analysis will include mental health issues, overall impact on municipal resources and the private sector, educational programs, and funding sources to seek solutions that will make Anchorage the model city for dealing with the problems associated with the chronically homeless. 

AD HOC COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION NETWORK COMPANIES

Chair: Bill Evans

Member: Amy Demboski

Member: Dick Traini

The Assembly Ad Hoc Committee on Transportation Network Companies provides recommendations related to Title 11 and other related matters.

AD HOC COMMITTEE ON SAP REVIEW

Chair: Elvi Gray-Jackson

Member: Amy Demboski

Member: Jennifer Johnston

Member: Pete Petersen

This Committee will meet monthly in conjunction with the Budget/Finance Committee to review the SAP implementation progress with the SAP Executive Steering Committee. The Committee will also review proposed funding requests and contracts prior to submittal to the Assembly for approval.

AMATS COMMITTEE

Member: Patrick Flynn

Member: Tim Steele

Alternate: Pete Petersen

Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions (AMATS) is a city and state coordinated planning process to set priorities for spending Federal funds for highways, roads, trails, and related improvements.  Transportation planning prepares the Community's Long Range Transportation Plan, which is a tool to implement the Comprehensive Plan.

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Budget/Finance Committee

Chair: Elvi Gray-Jackson

Member: Amy Demboski

Member: Bill Evans

Member: Pete Petersen

Member: Tim Steele

The Assembly Budget/Finance Committee deliberates and makes recommendations on matters relating to the financial management and policies of the Municipality and its agents.  These matters include the annual operating budgets of the general government, the utilities, and the Anchorage School District.

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COMMITTEE ON POLICE PROTECTION IN GIRDWOOD

Chair: Bill Evans

Member: Paul Honeman

Member: Jennifer Johnston

Municipal Attorney: Dennis Wheeler

Police Department: Chief Mark Mew

The Assembly Committee on Police Protection in Girdwood will serve to address Police protection in Girdwood, Alaska.

COMMITTEE ON REGULATION AND TAXATION OF MARIJUANA

Member: Ernie Hall

Member: Amy Demboski

Member: Paul Honeman

Member: Pete Petersen

Ex-Officio:Bruce Schulte

The Assembly Committee on Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana develops and recommends new Municipal Code to the Anchorage Assembly regulating and authorizing taxation of the cultivation, manufacture, and commercial sale of marijuana within the Municipality of Anchorage.

COMMUNITY COUNCILS COMMITTEE

Currently Dormant

The Assembly Community Councils Committee was established by the Chair of the Assembly to update Anchorage Municipal Code Chapter 2.40, Community Councils, wihich was completed in 2014.  The Community Councils Committee may be reconvened after the year 2020 to oversee the mandatory decennial comprehensive review of communty council boundaries and the number of councils.

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COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE 

Chair: Amy Demboski

Member: Bill Evans

Member: Ernie Hall

Member: Jennifer Johnston

Member: Pete Petersen

Ex-Officio: Tony Cange

Ex-Officio: Tyler Robinson

Ex-Officio, Alternate: Brandon Spoerhase

Over a period of years, the Anchorage Assembly conducted a comprehensive review of Anchorage Municipal Code Title 21 (Land Use Planning) making major changes.  Currently, members of the Community have a choice to use either the previous Title 21 (which expired on December 31, 2014, but was extended to December 31, 2015 under AO 2014-126) or the new Title 21 Code.  The Assembly Community & Economic Development Committee will work with the Administration and the Community to evaluate the implementation of the new Title 21.

The mission of the Assembly Community & Economic Development Committee is to evaluate and make recommendations to refine Municipal Code and processes to encourage efficient government, responsible development, and healthy economic growth.

The Assembly Community & Economic Development Committee meets every Wednesday from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Permit Center, 4700 Elmore Road, Room #170.

ENTERPRISE AND UTILITY OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

Chair: Tim Steele

Member: Amy Demboski

Member: Jennifer Johnston

Member: Bill Starr

Member: Dick Traini

The Assembly Enterprise and Utility Oversight Committee reviews and makes recommendations regarding the operations and budgets of the Municipality's five enterprise activities: Municipal Light & Power, Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility, Solid Waste Services, the Port of Anchorage, and Merrill Field.

ETHICS AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE

Chair: Ernie Hall

Member: Paul Honeman

Member: Pete Petersen

Member: Dick Traini

The Assembly Ethics and Elections Committee reviews both the Ethics Code and the Elections Code for clarity.  At the request of the Chair or an Assembly member, the Committee provides review and recommendations to the Assembly on proposed revision to both Codes.   The Committee may also develop and recommend changes to both Codes in coordination with concerns of the Board of Ethics, the Election Commission, the Office of the Municipal Clerk, and the general public. 

JOINT MOA-MSB ASSEMBLY SUBCOMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION

Member: Amy Demboski

Member: Paul Honeman

The Joint MOA-MSB Assembly Subcommittee on Transportation is a subcommittee of the Municipality of Anchorage Assembly and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly.  The subcommittee was formed to discuss regional transportation issues.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE

Co-Chair: Jennifer Johnston

Co-Chair: Pete Petersen

Member: Patrick Flynn

Member: Dick Traini

The Assembly Legislative Committee deliberates and makes recommendations regarding the Municipality's six-year capital budget plans of both general government and the utilities.  The Committee also participates in planning the captial budget and formulates an Anchorage Legislative Program which is submitted yearly to the State Legislature to lobby for funding of projects.

LET'S MOVE! PROGRAM TASK FORCE

Member: Elvi Gray-Jackson

Member: Dick Traini

MUNICIPAL AUDIT COMMITTEE

Chair: Bill Starr

Member: Amy Demboski

Member: Elvi Gray-Jackson

Municipal Manager: George Vakalis

Chief Financial Officer: Kate Giard

Controller: Thomas Fink

The Municipal Audit Committee coordinates and recommends audits of municipal agencies' activities and accounts.  The Committee also oversees the independent financial audit of the Municipality.  The Committee is chaired by an Assembly member and is comprised of six members; three appointed by the Assembly and three appointed by the Mayor.

PERSONNEL COMMITTEE

Chair: Jennifer Johnston

Member: Amy Demboski

Member: Bill Evans

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PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE

Chair: Paul Honeman

Member: Elvi Gray-Jackson

Member: Ernie Hall

Member: Dick Traini

The Assembly Public Safety Committee deliberates and makes recommendations on legislative and policy matters relating to crime and fire prevention, law enforcement, administration of justice, corrections, and emergency services; and coordinates with the Municipal, State, and Federal law enforcement and justice agencies.

RULES COMMITTEE

Chair: Dick Traini 

Member: Elvi Gray-Jackson

Member: Jennifer Johnston

The Rules Committee serves as a standing Assembly Committee to accept referral on matters for review and recommendation prior to Assembly action.  By way of example, referral to the Rules Committee is available when the need for legislative review of the public process on legislative matters is indicated.

Upon referral, the Rules Committee will review and suggest changes to proposed ordinances; recommend conditions for debate; outline processes for the organization and presentation of individual Assembly member amendments; and perform such other Committee support assignments as applicable to the referral.  By way of example, the Rules Committee may recommend to the Chair, the rules and procedure for expediting consideration by the Assembly.  Upon referral by the Chair, the Committee may also hold public hearings on draft legislative proposals to allow the public an opportunity to provide comment and voice individual opinion prior to introduction.

 

LIAISONS

Anchorage Chamber of Commerce

Member: Dick Traini
Alternate: Ernie Hall

Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau (ACVB)

Member: Ernie Hall
Alternate: Paul Honeman

National League of Cities

Member: Elvi Gray-Jackson
Alternate: Dick Traini

Alaska Municipal League (AML)

Member/AML Director: Ernie Hall
Alternate: Jennifer Johnston
Alternate: Elvi Gray-Jackson
Alternate: Dick Traini

Federation of Community Councils

Member: Ernie Hall

Anchorage Community Development Authority (ACDA)

Ex Officio Member: Ernie Hall
Ex Officio Member: Bill Evans

Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce

Alternate: Bill Starr

Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC)

Member: Bill Evans
Alternate: Ernie Hall 

UAA/APU

Member: Ernie Hall
Alternate: Dick Traini

Military & Veterans Affairs

Member: Dick Traini
Alternate: Paul Honeman

Anchorage Cultural Council

Member:

Energy Representative

Member: Jennifer Johnston

Historical Preservation Commission

Member: Ernie Hall