2012 Legislative Session Results: Success
Contact: Lindsey Whitt
ANCHORAGE- Today Mayor Sullivan thanked Anchorage Legislators for their hard work in securing numerous capital projects for the state’s largest city.
The total amount appropriated was over $377M and the focus this year was on basic infrastructure and public safety along with Project 80s facility upgrades.
“I am extremely pleased by the outcome this year and I believe our delegation worked very hard for our city and their efforts are commendable. Citywide improvements will be made from parks and schools to infrastructure and public safety” said Sullivan.
Leading the list was the infrastructure and transportation priority receiving $98.5M for the Port of Anchorage, a significant increase over last year’s funding. This will allow the revised expansion project to continue moving forward.
Key general fund projects for Anchorage include (all numbers are rounded):
- $700, 000 Replacement of Fire Engines
- $2M Land Acquisition for Future Fire Stations
- $500,000 Indoor Range Targeting System Upgrades
- $3.8M APD Expansion Phase I Outdoor Secure Storage
- $1.7M Southcentral Law Enforcement Tactical Range-Phase II
- $2.6M Police In-Car Video/License Plate Recognition Project- Phase II
Parks and Recreation:
- $1M Tony Knowles Coastal Trail Surface and Safety Improvements
- $4M South Anchorage Sports Park Facility
- $4M Ship Creek Access Improvements-North C Street to Dam Phase II
- $5M Sullivan Arena Parking Lot Expansion and Building Upgrades
- 1.8M Loussac Library Repairs, Upgrades, Modernization.
The process of identifying Anchorage’s legislative priorities began in August, and the mayor and his staff met with members of the Anchorage Caucus 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 November 18, 2011.