The 27th Alaska State Legislature, 2011 - 2012||
Sponsor Statement: House Bill 183
Application Of Village Safe Water Act
“An Act relating to the Village Safe Water Act; and providing for an effective date.”
Posted: April 5, 2011 : v27-LS0601-M
Bill Version: CSHB 183(FIN) AM
Status: Chapter 24 SLA 11 : 2011-06-23
House Bill 183 amends the definition of "village" under the Village Safe Water Act. Currently an unincorporated community, a second class city, or a first class city with not more than 600 residents is elegible to receive a grant under the Village Safe Water Program. House Bill 183 amends definition to include a home rule city with less than 600 redidents.
A home rule city has the same government powers as a first class city. The difference rests in how the two cities are organized. A first class city is established under AS 29.35.50-260 while a home rule city adopts a charter as the framework for the city.
Four years ago the City of Nenana as awarded a Village Safe Water grant to upgrade an aging water and sewer system. The city worked diligently with state officials for several years to plan and finalize the project. Unfortunately, right before construction as to begin, the Department of Environmental Conservation notified Nenana that the city was not eligible to receive a Village Safe Water grant; the city was not a first class city, but ahome rule city.
The change in HB 183 allows the City of Nenana to proceed with the needed upgrade to its water and sewer system using Village Safe Water funds. Passage of HB 183 this year ensurse that a construction season is not lost.
Thank you for your support.