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City of Seward,Alaska City Council Minutes <br /> August 22, 2016 Volume 40, Page 100 <br /> CALL TO ORDER <br /> The August 22,2016 regular meeting of the Seward City Council was called to order at 7:00 <br /> p.m. by Mayor Jean Bardarson. <br /> OPENING CEREMONY <br /> Police Chief Tom Clemons led the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. <br /> ROLL CALL <br /> There were present: <br /> Jean Bardarson presiding and <br /> Marianna Keil Dave Squires <br /> Dale Butts Sue McClure <br /> comprising a quorum of the Council; and • <br /> Jim Hunt, City Manager <br /> Brenda Ballou, Acting City Clerk <br /> Absent—Altermatt, Casagranda <br /> CITIZEN COMMENTS ON ANY SUBJECT EXCEPT THOSE ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR <br /> PUBLIC HEARING <br /> Dana Paperman said she was here for the children,and commended council for their public <br /> service. She thought physical fitness and exercise was critical for one's ability to fight the common <br /> cold or recover from surgery. She thought the city had historically supported wellness,but Paperman <br /> felt small when she saw the closed signs on the doors at Alaska Vocational Technical Educational <br /> Center(AVTEC). She had coached Urbach's youth basketball for the past 18 years,supervised open <br /> gym and challenged kids on climbing wall, and encouraged seniors to use this facility for safe <br /> walking practices;the AVTEC gym had provided low income families with an improved quality of <br /> life. Paperman urged council to direct the City Manager to support the community's access to <br /> recreation. <br /> Willard Dunham thanked council for the opportunity to speak.Tonight he wanted to speak <br /> about Seward's history and its future.AVTEC was under attack more now than in all its history.He <br /> sat on the statewide board for AVTEC.In the best interest of the city,he urged the city to find a way <br /> to work with AVTEC.Dunham said every program relying on state funds was under attack,and the <br /> council needed to think about our town and find some common ground to do what was best for all of <br /> us. <br /> Grace Williams wanted to speak about AVTEC. Williams coached basketball for the past <br /> six years and there were no other gyms available in town for young children.There was no substitute <br />