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<br />City of Seward, Alaska Port and Commerce Advisory Board Minutes <br /> <br />214 <br />Volume 3, Page <br /> <br />I <br /> <br />its schedule. He did not see a way to keep the Tustumena here but thought maybe we could try <br />and get more stops from the Kennecott. Janke also wanted to remind everyone that the spirit of <br />Seward meeting was tomorrow and they would be working on the Centennial. <br /> <br />Harbormaster James Beckham reminded everyone that the Polar Bear Jump Off was <br />coming up on the 19th. The letters have been sent out to the companies that the Board <br />requested and a gold pan was given to one of the executives at SunEel to take with him to <br />Korea to present to Hyundai. We have been working with Tryck Nyman Hayes Inc on a proposal <br />for the East Harbor Expansion, basin design and float layout. They were getting a proposal <br />ready for us. We were in the very early phase of this project. They wanted to develop a public <br />input plan. <br /> <br />CITIZEN'S COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS NOT SCHEDULED FOR PUBLIC HEARING: <br /> <br />Chris Gates, former Seward resident said in the past when they fought to keep the <br />ferry in Seward they went over the head of DOT to the legislature. He also commented on how <br />well he thought the rate study plan had been put together. <br /> <br />APPROVAL OF AGENDA AND CONSENT AGENDA <br /> <br />[MOTION (Kasischke/ Altermatt)]Approve the Agenda and Consent Agenda <br /> <br />Motion Passed, Unanimous. <br /> <br />I <br /> <br />UNFINISHED BUSINESS: <br /> <br />Rate Study Discussion Wille asked the Harbormaster to give a brief over-view of the rate <br />study, than asked if any members of the public would like to speak about this issue. <br /> <br />Rhonda Anderson-Hubbard, 1800 Jesse Lee Drive, of the fishing vessel Kruzof said she <br />agreed that the Harbor should at least break-even or make money but felt there are other <br />ways to do this besides raising rates. She pointed out that some of her ideas about this <br />issue had appeared in an article she had written in the local newspaper. She would like to <br />see the whole community get involved because the whole community benefits from having <br />the harbor. If the rates were going to increase then they should be assessed on the people <br />that are putting the burden on the harbor. Commercial fishing vessels are in and out of the <br />harbor spending a lot of money but you hardly know they were here. The vessel owners pay <br />property tax as well as moorage fees and it will be too much if both are increased. <br /> <br />Chris Gates, former Seward resident mentioned that when Homer did their harbor <br />expansion the slips did not fill up as quickly as they thought they would. If Seward was <br />planning an expansion they may want to dust off the demand study that was done some <br />years back. <br /> <br />The board discussed some different aspects of the harbors budget. <br /> <br />Diane Dubuc, Slip E-028, Seward Boat Harbor, of Alaska Saltwater Charters thought I <br />that in the early 1980's there had been an audit done in the harbor and at that time there <br />was a movement to put in a port-authority. Where funds generated from the harbor would <br />stay in the harbor and some fee would be paid to the city for administration expenses. She <br />had called other harbormasters around the state and had been asking questions about what <br />pricing methods they use. She does like the new floats but Seward has the highest rates in <br />