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City Council Minutes <br />City of Seward, Alaska Volume 36, Page 307 <br />January 12 2004 <br />Call to order <br />The January 12, 2004 regular meeting of the Seward City Council was called to order at 7:30 <br />p.m. by Mayor David Brossow. <br />Opening ceremony <br />Chief Tom Clemons led the pledge of allegiance to the flag. <br />Roll call <br />There were present: <br />David Brossow presiding, and <br />Margaret Branson Linda Amberg <br />Vanta Shafer Bob Valdatta <br />Kevin Clark Willard Dunham <br />comprising a quorum of the Council; and <br />Phil Shealy, City Manager <br />Jean Lewis, City Clerk <br />Brad Meyen, City Attorney <br />Absent - None <br />Organizers of the 19` Annual Polar Bear Plunge summarized events to begin Saturday. <br />Proclamations and Awards. <br />A proclamation was read and presented to Centennial Coordinator Sandra Wassilie for <br />two years of dedicated work coordinating Centennial events for the City. <br />Borough Assembly Report. Borough Assembly Representative Ron Long stated the <br />Assembly had met three times since Council's last meeting. They heard the first of three hearings <br />considering a flat tax on aircraft. He stated the Borough consummated the sale of 14 acres to the <br />Cooper Landing Seniors, and supported a resolution for the State to buyback gas and methane leases <br />on the South Peninsula and would look into regulations on those sales. Long understood Senator <br />Gary Stevens and Representative Paul Seaton had introduced similar legislation at the state level. <br />The Assembly had also considered funding co- curricular activities for the schools. Long <br />stated the question was, should the Borough fund those activities and how? A resolution was <br />sponsored, and mail out ballots should go out to the voters by March 8. He stated the Borough had <br />signed onto the letter being circulated by AML and other entities that proposed the following three <br />elements of a fiscal plan; 1) identifying further budget cuts knowing that cuts alone would not take <br />care of the problem, 2) support the POMV concept and use part to fund state government, or 3) look <br />at a broad base tax of some form. <br />