More than a dozen local residents, representatives and business owners gathered in the basement of the Mountain View Community Center to swap neighborhood news at the monthly Mountain View Community Council meeting Nov. 13.
The meeting was filled with regulars; the agenda was packed with updates on schools, the Anchorage Assembly and Alaska Legislature, community groups and current events. Here are a few of the highlights:
- Stocked with donated supplies, the Mountain View Boys & Girls Club is looking for volunteers to help paint the inside of the clubhouse Nov. 18 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Guidance, volunteer help and donated painting equipment comes from the International Union of Painters and Glaziers Local 1959, according to flyers distributed at the community council meeting. A pizza lunch will be provided.
- The Mountain View Community Patrol fleet is now one car smaller. While other neighborhood patrols have grown in recent years, the Mountain View patrol has struggled to find new volunteers, leaving one of its logoed patrol cars sitting idle and unused. Community council members debated its fate for months. This month, the group sold the car to the neighboring Nunaka Valley Community Patrol for $100, said former MVCC president Daniel George. “The good news — it’s back on the road serving the community,” George said.
- Several Mountain View legislators are planning a public discussion on restorative justice. Hosted by Rep. Geran Tarr and Sen. Tom Begich, the community forum is scheduled to take place Nov. 30 from 6-8 p.m. at the Mountain View Neighborhood Library. Including representatives from Partners for Progress — a statewide nonprofit working to reduce recidivism — the forum will focus on “healing, accountability, and what resources we each, individually, bring to the conversation to help make a difference in the community,” according to a poster advertising the event.
The council also heard presentations about the Municipality of Anchorage’s Community Food Project and a proposed ordinance increasing required setbacks around local waterways. The ordinance would impact several parcels around Ship Creek; the community council postponed taking any action on it.
The next Mountain View Community Council meeting is scheduled to take place Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Mountain View Community Center.