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City of Seward, Alaska City Council Minutes <br /> April 13, 2015 Volume 39, Page 508 <br /> Resolution 2015-032, Authorizing The City Manager To Enter Into An Agreement With <br /> Hotwire Electric LLC To Replace Electrical Conductors Along Moat Way And The Southern <br /> End Of Excalibur Drive For An Amount Not To Exceed $58,722. <br /> Resolution 2015-033,Authorizing The City Manager To Enter Into A Grant Agreement With <br /> The State Of Alaska Department Of Commerce, Community, And Economic Development <br /> With A Total Award Of$1,991,999.99 For Phase II Of The North Seward Water Storage Tank <br /> And Pumping Facility, And Appropriating Funds. <br /> Resolution 2015-034,Accepting Funds From The Alaska State Library For The Public Library <br /> Assistant Grant In The Amount Of$5,351.53 And Appropriating Funds. <br /> SPECIAL ORDERS, PRESENTATIONS AND REPORTS <br /> Proclamations & Awards <br /> National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week,April 12-18,2015. <br /> Borough Assembly Report. Sue McClure reported the assembly had two long and <br /> extensive meetings since her last report. The consideration of removing the seasonal borough sales <br /> tax exemption on non-prepared food was a big topic. The ordinance to remove it and the substitute <br /> ordinance to change the exemption to six months was first decided to go to a vote of the people,but <br /> then a motion to reconsider was filed.It would be brought back before the assembly at their April 21, <br /> 2015 meeting in Seward. There was seven ordinances total on the agenda for public hearing, one <br /> being an appropriation of approximately $348,000 of cruise ship head tax money to Seward and <br /> another being$50,000 to the City of Seward to go to the cost of renewing the city's comprehensive <br /> plan. McClure reported the timeline for recall was being evaluated. She was happy to announce the <br /> Seward Bear Creek Flood Service Area Board was now full. April 16, 2015 was the borough's <br /> annual permitting day. On May 5, 2015, the budget would be introduced by the mayor to the <br /> assembly, beginning the budget process. The assembly was slated to consider an ordinance raising <br /> the sales tax cap from $500 to $1,000. <br /> City Manager's Report.Jim Hunt added the following purchase orders between$10,000 <br /> and $50,000 were approved by the City Manager since the last council meeting: $3,988,530 to <br /> Merrell Brothers Inc. to proceed with the Sludge Removal and Disposal Project. Hunt noted the <br /> vendor was now moving their equipment to work on the Lowell Point Sewage Lagoon. <br /> Hunt reported he intended to have financial reports to the council at their April 27, 2015 <br /> meeting. The automatic pay station for the RV Dump Station should be installed in the next few <br /> weeks. Hunt updated the council on the status of the newly vacated Seward Air Force Recreation <br /> Camp property and said staff was putting down on paper what their expectations would be for <br /> vacation of property for the lease holders. <br /> Harbormaster Mack Funk updated the council on the crane project.Administration wanted <br /> to approve an engineering contract to consult on this project.The funds need to be transferred from <br /> the general fund since the resolution appropriating funds used an account that was quickly shrinking. <br />