Legislature(1993 - 1994)

03/04/1993 08:00 AM STA

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  SJR 20:  DISAPPROVE PALMER BOUNDARY CHANGES                                  
                                                                               
  Number 115                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY read the title for SJR 20 and called for                      
  comment from the teleconference sites around the state.                      
                                                                               
  Number 135                                                                   
                                                                               
  MIKE CHRYST, PRESIDENT OF A PALMER AREA POLITICAL GROUP,                     
  testified by teleconference from Mat-su, in support of SJR
  20. Mr. Chryst explained that allowing land to be annexed by                 
  the city of Palmer violated individual rights and the mind-                  
  set of the average Alaskan.                                                  
                                                                               
  Number 166                                                                   
                                                                               
  SALLY CHRYST testified by teleconference from Mat-su, in                     
  support of SJR 20.  She explained that she feared fights                     
  over future annexations between the cities of Palmer and                     
  Wasilla without regard to personal property rights.                          
                                                                               
  Number 189                                                                   
                                                                               
  MARK CHRYSON, PRESIDENT OF THE MAT-SU ALASKAN INDEPENDENCE                   
  PARTY, testified by teleconference from Mat-Su, in support                   
  of SJR 20.  Mr. Chryson did not want to see property annexed                 
  without the will of the owner.                                               
                                                                               
  Number 218                                                                   
                                                                               
  ARNOLD HARTMAN, A 22 YEAR RESIDENT OF PALMER, testified by                   
  teleconference from Mat-Su in support of SJR 20.  Mr.                        
  Hartman explained that keeping SJR 20 in committee and away                  
  from floor debate was morally wrong.  He also stated                         
  annexing property against the will of the owner was a                        
  constitutional violation.                                                    
                                                                               
  Number 238                                                                   
                                                                               
  CLARENCE FURBUSH testified by teleconference from Mat-Su in                  
  support of SJR 20.  He stated the desires of four other                      
  landowners wishing not to be annexed were being overshadowed                 
  by trouble surrounding Mr. Robert Bailey.  He stated Mr.                     
  Bailey should be treated as a nuisance.                                      
                                                                               
  Number 269                                                                   
                                                                               
  STEVE VANCLEVE testified by teleconference from Mat-Su in                    
  support of SJR 20.  Mr. Vancleve noted hundreds of                           
  complaints had been lodged against Mr. Bailey, but said they                 
  came from a small group of people.  He also noted Mr. Bailey                 
  had tried to clean up and paint his property to please other                 
  landowners. Mr. Vancleve also asked what happened to                         
  grandfather rights in the state.                                             
                                                                               
  Number 323                                                                   
                                                                               
  WILLIAM HOPKINS testified by teleconference from Mat-Su in                   
  support of SJR 20. He stated Mr. Bailey only wanted                          
  independence, which he said was part of the Alaskan way of                   
  life.                                                                        
                                                                               
  Number 337                                                                   
                                                                               
  DON HART testified by teleconference from Mat-Su in support                  
  of SJR 20.  He questioned the motive of Palmer officials in                  
  annexing the property to increase surrounding property                       
  values, not to expand boundaries or development.                             
                                                                               
  Number 397                                                                   
                                                                               
  DAN DRYDEN testified by teleconference from Mat-Su in                        
  support of SJR 20.  He stated the complaints against Mr.                     
  Bailey were wildly exaggerated, and should be evaluated in                   
  court.  He stated not adopting SJR 20 would infringe on Mr.                  
  Bailey's civil rights and urged passage of the resolution.                   
                                                                               
  Number 448                                                                   
                                                                               
  ROBERT BAILEY testified by teleconference from Mat-Su in                     
  support of SJR 20.  He made a personal appeal for the                        
  committee to move the resolution to the House floor for a                    
  full debate.                                                                 
                                                                               
  Number 461                                                                   
                                                                               
  DAVE SOULAK, PALMER CITY MANAGER, testified by                               
  teleconference from Mat-Su in opposition to SJR 20.  Mr.                     
  Soulak stated the property up for annexation had been                        
  declared a threat to public health, safety and welfare, and                  
  assured the committee no changes would be made overnight.                    
  He also stated the city would not try to acquire the land.                   
                                                                               
  Number 499                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE KOTT asked who Cathy Hummel was, and if her                   
  written testimony before the Local Boundary Commission                       
  (LBC), was accurate.                                                         
                                                                               
  Number 506                                                                   
                                                                               
  MR. SOULAK replied Ms. Hummel was a paid health advocate.                    
  He explained he had no idea if her testimony was good,                       
  because the city was only invited to inspect the property                    
  with Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)                          
  officials if Ms. Hummel's services to Mr. Bailey were also                   
  paid for.  He said the city declined the offer.                              
                                                                               
  Number 520                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE GARY DAVIS asked what specific health, safety                 
  and welfare grounds the LBC reported on.                                     
                                                                               
  Number 527                                                                   
                                                                               
  MR. SOULAK noted the large number of dogs Mr. Bailey owned                   
  posed an animal control problem in the neighborhood, and the                 
  lack of sewer and water facilities on his property.                          
                                                                               
  Number 548                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY called for testimony from Anchorage.                          
                                                                               
  Number 550                                                                   
                                                                               
  DAN BROCKHURST, LOCAL BOUNDARY COMMISSION STAFF MEMBER,                      
  joined the hearing by teleconference from Anchorage.                         
                                                                               
  Number 556                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY asked Mr. Brockhurst to outline the LBC                       
  annexation process.                                                          
                                                                               
  Number 559                                                                   
                                                                               
  MR. BROCKHURST detailed the process, including the Palmer                    
  City Council vote of February, 1992, the public notice for                   
  comments in May 1992, the Committee on Regional Affairs                      
  draft report in October 1992, and the LBC hearing of                         
  November 20, 1992, in which members voted 3-2 for                            
  annexation.                                                                  
                                                                               
  Number 604                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE KOTT asked if toxic waste studies had been                    
  done on the site.                                                            
                                                                               
  Number 608                                                                   
                                                                               
  MR. BROCKHURST stated there had been no studies done because                 
  of the stipulations placed on a DEC team visiting the site,                  
  but noted the LBC looked beyond toxic waste in determining                   
  threats to public health, safety and welfare.                                
                                                                               
  Number 636                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE KOTT inquired about Cathy Hummel.                             
                                                                               
  Number 638                                                                   
                                                                               
  MR. BROCKHURST stated Ms. Hummel was an employee of the                      
  Alaska Health Project.                                                       
                                                                               
  Number 652                                                                   
                                                                               
  JANA THRIFT testified by teleconference from Mat-Su in                       
  support of SJR 20.  She stated four other property owners in                 
  the proposed annexed area disagreed with the LBC, that the                   
  LBC had discarded 10 of 11 standards for annexation in this                  
  case, that Cathy Hummel's report should be considered, and                   
  that the case belonged in court instead of the legislature.                  
                                                                               
  TAPE 93-25, SIDE B                                                           
  Number 012                                                                   
                                                                               
  MARSHA MELTON, PALMER MAYOR PRO TEM, testified by                            
  teleconference from Mat-Su in opposition to SJR 20.  She                     
  asked if she might fax her testimony in, and was given                       
  permission to do so.                                                         
                                                                               
  Number 050                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE KOTT asked Mr. Bailey to return to the                        
  microphone and answer three questions:  How large a                          
  homestead Mr. Bailey owned?; if Mr. Bailey had either junked                 
  or antique cars on his property?; and, if Mr. Bailey had                     
  entered into a lawsuit to protect himself?                                   
                                                                               
  Number 081                                                                   
                                                                               
  MR. BAILEY answered that he owned an entire city block, or                   
  3.5 acres; that the cars on his property could be considered                 
  antique or collectible; and, that he had no lawsuit pending.                 
  He also said he bought his property when other people began                  
  to crowd him.                                                                
                                                                               
  Number 113                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE KOTT felt SJR 20 should move from committee                   
  and MOVED for a vote to do so.                                               
                                                                               
  SJR 20 FAILED to move on a 3-2 vote, with Representatives                    
  Olberg and Vezey voting no.                                                  

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