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<br />City afSeward, Alaska <br />May 29, 2007 <br /> <br />City Council Minutes <br />Volume 37, Page365 <br /> <br />Proclamations and Awards <br /> <br />..... <br /> <br />Recipient Kerry Kline received the annual 2007 Historic Preservation Award. <br /> <br />City Manager's Report. City Manager Phillip Oates was sorry to report that library <br />employee Doris Welch had passed away today and noted she would be sorely missed. Temporary <br />Planner John Bird, was hired beginning today and would be addressing some of the city's more <br />complicated projects such as SMIC. Oates stated the interview process for the Executive Liaison <br />was completed and he hoped to have the position filled soon. He also announced the city website <br />was scheduled to go live June 1,2007. <br /> <br />;. A VTEC fire training lease. Still pending state approval. <br /> <br />;. Cruise ship head tax initiative. Staffhad contacted the State Department of Revenue <br />and was told legislation allocating funds to ports of call required appropriation by the <br />state legislature. There was no application process in place, nor any bill determining <br />how funds would be allocated. There were three "funds" into which these taxes <br />would be placed, of which Seward may be eligible to apply for two of. Oates would <br />continue to monitor, and a formal reply letter should be coming soon. <br /> <br />;. Long Term Care Facility. The result ofthe May 24,2007 special meeting held for an <br />executive session, directed the city manager to pursue negotiation of site selection for .... <br />the Long Term Care Facility. He handed out a sheet that outlined the past project <br />timelines. He highlighted the process, and submitted that city staff had little control <br />over the timeline as stated below: <br /> <br />. <br /> <br />Council authorized funding to proceed with an application for a Certificate of <br />Need (CON) in November, 2005, noting no healthcare facilities in Alaska <br />could be constructed with out the State's approval. <br />The hospital consultant gathered information, submitted it to the State, which <br />took 10 months. <br />It took the State 5 months to review. <br />The application was submitted to the State on September 21, 2006. <br />The City received approval of the CON on February 22,2007. <br />The following day, staff submitted a request to the Alaska Municipal Bond <br />Bank for revenue bonds. <br />The Bond Bank met on April 9, 2007 and approved the City's application for <br />bond financing. <br /> <br />. <br /> <br />. <br /> <br />. <br /> <br />. <br /> <br />. <br /> <br />. <br /> <br />Oates stated the City's 2006 annual finance report by auditing firm Mikunda, Cotttrell <br />& Co. was presented this evening with high marks. He also informed the city council of a <br />new database he was developing to capture and track customer service comments and <br />suggestions. .... <br />