I was out and about last weekend, particularly on Sunday, enjoying our fantastic spring weather. Gazing out at Knik Arm I happened to note, for at least the second time this year, a TOTE vessel loitering mid-channel during a low tide, which harkens back to the Assembly’s establishment of the port committee. That’s as good a reason as any for another update.
On Friday, May 6, at 11 am the final port committee meeting will take place. Fans of our work need not fear – rising in its place is the Enterprise Oversight committee, which will keep an eye on the port and the other four enterprise activities belonging to the Municipality – Solid Waste Services, Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility, Municipal Light & Power and Merrill Field. Judging from my experience over the past few years they will all benefit from added attention.
Turning back to Friday’s meeting, our primary focus will be a report from the recently formed project oversight committee, which is comprised of municipal officials, MARAD personnel and port management (there may be others, and we’ll learn about that, too). In addition to this being the last meeting of the port committee, it will also be the last meeting on the topic that I chair, at least for now. My professional obligations are such that I’ve asked to hand over the gavel and I’m pleased that my friend and colleague, Jennifer Johnston, will step in as chair of the new enterprise oversight committee. I’ll continue as a member and look forward to continued scrutiny of these essential functions.
In short, the port committee has done what it was intended to do; highlight the importance of the port and bring focus to the on-going project concerns. That work isn’t done, but we’re certainly ready to expand the scope and continue efforts to ensure all municipal activities are performed as efficiently and effectively as possible.
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