A Resolution of the Homer City Council Encouraging Governor Parnell and the Alaska State Legislature to Invest in Transportation Infrasturcture. Burgess.
CITY OF HOMER
A RESOLUTION OF THE HOMER CITY COUNCIL ENCOURAGING GOVERNOR PARNELL AND THE ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE TO INVEST IN TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE.
WHEREAS, A strong transportation network is vital to Alaska’s economy; and
WHEREAS, Communities across the State of Alaska have outstanding land, air and water transportation needs; and
WHEREAS, Due to changes in MAP-21, funding for non-National Highway System (NHS) roads has been significantly reduced; and
WHEREAS, The City of Homer is concerned that insufficient resources are being dedicated to the repair, replacement and upgrade of transportation modes; and
WHEREAS, Examples of transportation needs in and around the community of Homer include:
• Expansion of the Deep Water Dock to facilitate containerized freight, cruise ship traffic, and resource development industry support
• Homer Harbor maintenance and expansion projects to stimulate the local economy
• East to West Transportation Corridor through the core of Homer to improve the flow of traffic and open new land to development
• Rehabilitation of Lake Street and Pioneer Avenue to maintain the main traffic routes in Homer
• Sterling Highway Realignment MP 150-157 to protect the only road out of Homer from impending erosion
• Sterling Highway Reconstruction Anchor Point to Baycrest Hill to address safety issues on this heavily trafficked highway
• Maintenance and support of the Alaska Marine Highway System, including vessel replacement, to ensure coastal communities link to vital goods and services;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of Homer, Alaska, that the City of Homer encourages the following efforts by Governor Parnell and the Alaska State Legislature to invest in transportation:
• Increased funding for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
• Funding for individual transportation projects in the FY2015 Capital Budget
• Continued funding for the Harbor Facility Grant Program
• The creation of a transportation infrastructure fund in the Alaska State Constitution
• The creation of a state–funded Community Transportation Program with a local match component.
PASSED AND ADOPTED by a duly constituted quorum of the City Council for the City of Homer on this 14th day of October 2013.
CITY OF HOMER
MARY E. WYTHE, MAYOR
JO JOHNSON, MMC, CITY CLERK
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