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Sponsored by: Oates <br />CITY OF SEWARD, ALASKA <br />RESOLUTION 2009-028 <br />A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SEWARD, <br />ALASKA, ESTABLISHING COUNCIL GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT FOR <br />THE CITY OF SE WARD'S PRIORITIES PREPARED FOR 2009 THF, <br />AMERICAN RECOVF,RY AND REINVESTMENT ACT <br />WH F.REAS, the American Recovery and Reinveshnent Act was signed into law on <br />1'ebruary ] 7, 2009. Also known as the "economic stimulus package," this bill includes federal <br />funds to be distributed by totmula and by competitive grants that Alaskan organizations, <br />Boroughs, cities, and villages may apply for; and <br />WHEREAS, most of the Act's fiuiding is in the areas of transportation, education, health, <br />and energy; and <br />WHEREAS, the City of Seward will be competing with other organizations and local <br />governments across the nation; and <br />WHEREAS, projects that have already been through the federal process and have <br />engineering and design completed, or near completion, will have a better chance of initial success <br />for these funds; and <br />WHEREAS, projects that have been vetted through the public process will also have a better <br />chance of initial success for these funds; and <br />WHEREAS, the city manager has formed a staff task force to follow the Act and <br />determine what finding maybe available to the City of Seward; and <br />WHEREAS, this task force meets once a week to share their knowledge and provide <br />updates to all Departments; and <br />WHEREAS, the Community Development Department is coordinating with local non- <br />profits and the schools to be sure they are provided information quickly; and <br />WHEREAS, we are offering letters of support for any non-profit or school that intends to <br />apply for stimulus funding for projects that enhance the City of Seward's quality of life; and <br />WHEREAS, we have created a master project spreadsheet (attached and updated April <br />13, 2009) capturing potential projects that may qualify for stimulus funding; and <br />WHEREAS, the "Stimulus Task Force" has been tasked to research potential funding <br />sources and provide ongoing updates to dctcrniine whether or not we qualify for these funds; and <br />