Chugiak council to hold elections, discuss building safety

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 12:25
  • Chugiak’s Elsie Oberg Community Center on Sept. 26, 2017. The Chugiak Community Council meets here at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of most months. (Star photo by Kirsten Swann)

The Chugiak Community Council will undergo a shake-up at Thursday’s meeting at the Elsie Oberg Center in Chugiak.

In addition to hosting a community discussion on building safety codes in the wake of the November earthquake, the council will also hold elections for four open seats at the meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.

An agenda can be viewed online at communitycouncils.org.

Seats up for election include Eklutna/Thunderbird, West Peters Creek/Mirror Lake, East Peters Creek/Mirror Lake and an at-large seat.

The building safety discussion was added to the agenda at the request of council president Jake Horazdovsky, an engineer who has been outspoken in his belief that Chugiak-Eagle River should be included in the Municipality of Anchorage’s building safety area (BSA).

Builders in Chugiak-Eagle River must follow Anchorage building codes, but because they’re not in the BSA builders aren’t required to undergo a municpal plan inspection or use municipal home inspectors.

Other items on the agenda include a presentation on the Birchwood Community Patrol by Jeff Hartley and updates on an Eagle River cemetery proposal and ongoing discussions on the creation of a dog park in the area.

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