The state of Alaska Local Boundary Commission took care of some housekeeping items in a teleconference Wednesday, one pertaining to the city of Soldotna’s annexation petition.
The short meeting included waiving a requirement in code that adds an extra hurdle to submitting comments to the commission. Code requires anyone commenting via email or fax to follow up that comment with a written version of what they sent digitally, which must be mailed to the commission within 10 days. The commission regularly waives the requirement and did so for comments relating to Soldotna’s annexation petition, as well.
“And staff recognizes that this is rarely followed. And, so, we routinely suspend this regulation for all petitions. And so we’re just asking the commission to do that again today for the Soldotna annexation to make it easier for the public,” said Eileen Raese, staff member for the commission.
As it stands now, anyone wanting to comment on the city’s petition can email or fax their thoughts with no subsequent mail involved. Written comments are, of course, still accepted. The commission does still require that anyone submitting a comment to the state send a copy to the city.