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Borough/Annexation Committee

The Borough Committee explores the issues and options related to the City of Gustavus joining or forming a borough or remaining in the Unorganized Borough. Committee work led to a realization that important community resouorces at the Falls Creek hydropower site and Icy Passage lay outside the City boundaries. The City Council authorized the Borough Committee to develop a petition to annex lands at the hydropower site and the waters of Icy Passage between the existing City Boundary and the shoreline of Pleasant Island. As of 10/9/2013, this is a non-functioning committee.

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The Borough Committee is exploring the options and implications of becoming a borough or remaining an Unorganized Borough, and the impact it would have on services, representation, and taxation within the City of Gustavus.  However, this portion of our mandate has been discontinued as the Icy Strait Borough Proposal by Hoonah is no longer being considered by them.

Annexation:  The Borough Committee under direction of the Council has developed a petition for the annexation of lands in the Falls Creek area and the waters of Icy Passage between the existing City Boundary and the shoreline of Pleasant Island.  That petition has been reviewed by staff of the State Local Boundary Commission.    On May 20 they completed their preliminary report, with a recommendation that the petition be approved by the Commission as presented. 

Organization

See the full text of the committee's enabling ordinance.

Committee Members:

Contact Information

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News

The petition is now in the hands of the LBC Staff.  Copies are available for review at City Hall, the Library and at the Post Office.  On Feb 16, 2011, they forwarded us the following schedule for posting on line and at the sites where the petition is available.

Proposed Gustavus Petition Schedule  (subject to change by LBC chair)

Thursday, December 16, 2010--Acceptance of Gustavus petition for review by LBC staff

Wednesday, December 22, 2010--Petition’s public comment period starts - 1st date of publication of notice

Friday, March 4, 2011--Deadline to receive public comments on petition (lasts 71 days)

(subject to change by LBC chair)

Thursday, December 16, 2010--Acceptance of Gustavus petition for review by LBC staff

Wednesday, December 22, 2010--Petition’s public comment period starts - 1st date of publication of notice

Friday, March 4, 2011--Deadline to receive public comments on petition (lasts 71 days)

Friday, March 25, 2011--Deadline to receive petitioner’s reply brief (lasts 21 days)

Friday, May 20, 2011--LBC staff mails its preliminary report  Note: LBC report has been received and posted.  It recommends approval of petition.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011--Deadline to receive public comments on preliminary report (lasts 33 days)

Friday, July 22, 2011--LBC staff mails its final report

Wednesday & Thursday, August 17 & 18, 2011--Hearing and decisional meeting in Gustavus (at City Hall)

Thursday, September 15, 2011--LBC meeting to approve/disapprove written decision.

Friday, September 16, 2011--If approved, decision mailed. Period of 18 days to request reconsideration of decision

starts. LBC has 30 days, on its own motion, to reconsider. If reconsideration is granted, then petitioner or respondent has 10 days to file a brief.

 

Note:  If approved by the LBC, the petition goes to the Legislature for review in January, 2012. 

Documents

Meetings

Borough Committee meetings are open meetings, and we encourage all interested parties to attend.  Meeting time, location, and agenda is posted at least 5 days in advance on the City's bulletin board at the Post Office.

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