WILLOW AREA COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION, INC.

Your local forum for discussion, participation and comment in matters of concern to the community. WACO promotes the social, cultural and economic welfare of the Willow area.
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This website is a service for the community of Willow, Alaska. Find WACO meeting minutes and agendas as well as information about committees, the community center and, local groups. Committee and group news or announcements are also posted as received. View the calendar for the schedule of local activities/events.

WACO meetings are the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM at the Willow Community Center.

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WACO Community Meeting

The first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM

Willow Community Center

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*** 2022 CARNIVAL MEETING***
MONDAY 2 AUGUST
***NEWMAN PARK 6-8PM***
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WACO MEETING MINUTES
Date: July 7, 2021
Occasion: General Board Meeting

CALLED TO ORDER: 703PM
QUORUM: 6 BOARD MEMBERS – 12 COMMUNITY MEMBERS – BOARD AND COMMUNITY QUORUM REALIZED.

PLEDGE - deferred

APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM JUNE MEETING: APPROVED
Changes to the agenda – comments from the Chair, Agenda approved as modified

CHAIR – LINDA – 4th of July parade great success. Thanks to to 3 churches involved. Thanks to Sid for cleanup and thanks to the band. Only costs were 250.00 for the port O potty and 309.00 for event insurance. Carnival meeting will be 19 July at 6pm.

BOROUGH ASSEMBLY REPORT – TAM BOEVE
There is a dumpster available for metal at the Willow Transfer site. Guidelines for disposal are posted online.
SIDNEY – Wanted to bring awareness to MEA to power outages when there is no weather disruption.
Linda will see if we ca get a tech out to answer questions.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Agreed to have Lisa put together a committee to get the community more involved and informed.

FIRE DEPT. – 11 calls and a forest fire at mile 92 over the holiday weekend. Still working on recruiting.
Firewise surveys are going well.
LIBRARY – Summer reading has 4 more weeks. There are 45-65 kids a week participating. Looking forward to next year. Still have Trail Passes. People coming from all over the valley to try our trails. Library closed 24 July. Siding going up on 21 July.
*Note from Linda – taking Chamber off of the groups list.* Bird house experience postponed.
DOG MUSHERS – Chris Stitt officially resigned. Rabies clinic in October.
LIONS CLUB – Meeting 8 July. Willow Wild Program taking 10-12 kids out for events.
PTA – Tiffany – funded virtual trips. Farmers Market Kids Day.
HEALTH – Regrouping – new bylaws. Want to do more going forward.
WILLOW HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION - Putting the roof on the cabin. Hoping to finish in August.
Maybe we can have a WACO meeting in the finished cabin!

GARDEN CLUB –Garden Tour info TBA and coming out soon.
CERT – Firewise and Sound the Alarm going well. Thanks to Tiffany for Farmers Market involvement.
ICE – N/A
TOM PHILLIPS – Road service 14 July at 7pm. 6 August with Farmers Market bringing a trailer.
YOUTH FORUM – LINDA – will meet in August. DOT – Shannon will be at the Community Center this fall to talk about plans to bring the Parks Highway through Willow.

ADJOURN 825PM
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No one had brought a flag to the park and with no flag, no pledge.

What does it mean where it says Pledge: Deferred?

Hello can you tell me if willow has a council meeting? Thank you

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Willow eBreeze July 2021 - https://mailchi.mp/2a5a9e062949/willow-ebreeze-july-2021

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Could you include a photo of the plastic clam shells referred to in the Recycling section please? I don't know if a lot of people realize what they are. Thank you.

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Photos from Alaska DNR- Division of Forestry (DOF)'s post ...

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Long Lake Boat Parade at 3:00 South End by Sam Newman’s! ❤️

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The Solid Waste Division will have scrap metal collection containers at the Willow Transfer Station and the Talkeetna Transfer Station this summer.

Scrap metal will be charged at the current cubic yard rate which can be found at www.matsugov.us/services-and-rates....

***All scrap metal must be put into the designated scrap metal can – scrap cannot be left outside of the can.

***No refrigerators or freezers please. Refrigerators and freezers are accepted only at the Big Lake Transfer Station or the Central Landfill in Palmer.

***ALL fluids must be COMPLETELY drained (oil/gas from lawn mowers, engine blocks, water tanks, etc.). No sludge please.

Please see the attached flyer for more details on acceptable items and unacceptable items.

Call 907-861-7600 with any questions Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
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Photos from Alaska State Parks's post ...
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Willow Community - We Need You !!
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Yesterday, June 21, 2021 we found damage to the dog park fence in Newman Memorial Park. Almost all the metal ties holding the top rail onto the top of fence had been cut off on 110 feet of the back fence (fence facing the Sunnybrook neighborhood). Only enough ties had been left on to keep it from being noticed unless you are looking for the damage. We believe that we interrupted the third year in a row of top rail being stolen from our dog park fence. Defensive measures have been implemented and the troopers have been notified. We believe the access to steal the fence is by the cul-de-sac on the Sunnybrook side of the fence.

Please keep an eye out as you use the park and as you drive by. If you see anything suspicious, please call the troopers. Do not confront anyone yourself - that could be very unsafe.

Thank you for helping to protect the community's park by being a Neighbor Watching....

Feel free to call me for more info.

LInda Oxley

Chair, WACO

907-841-3421
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It is the best dog park in the Valley! I am so sorry this keeps happening. Y’all do a great job maintaining it so I know this has to be maddening!

where is this specifically? i want to take my willow there to enjoy herself?

Hidden camera is that possible?

Mark fencing with permanent etching when installing?

Sad to hear 😞

I replaced all ties with heavy duty ones.. Also did other security measures...

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June Willow eBreeze - https://mailchi.mp/3ef23a185302/zjdsqwajsq
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