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Sponsored by: City Manager <br />CITY OF SEWARD, ALASKA <br />RESOLUTION 2009-053 <br />A RF,SOLU'I'ION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SF,WARD, <br />ALASKA, I'ROVID[NG FOR THE SUBMISSION TO TIIF. QUALIFIED <br />VOTERS OF THE CITY OF SEWARD THE QUESTION OF THE <br />ISSUANCE OF NOT TO F.XCF,ED $5,000,000 IN GENERAL OBLIGATION <br />BONDS OF TFIF, CITY 'I'O FINANCE ALL OR A PORTION OF THE <br />CONSTRUCTION OF A COMBINED LIBRARY/MUSEUM CAPITAL <br />IMPROVEivIENT PROJECT <br />WHEREAS, as part of the Seward Centennial celebration of the founding of Seward, then <br />Seward Mayor Edgar Blatchford sought project proposals from the public that would directly benefit <br />the citizens of the community, would begin in the centennial year 2003 and reach completion during <br />2012, the one hundredth anniversary of the incorporation of the City; and <br />WHEREAS, the Seward Community Library Museum project was selected to be the <br />embodiment of the community's pride by preserving history and providing access to present and <br />future knowledge; and <br />WHEREAS, the total cost of the combined community library/museum is estimated to be <br />$10,000,000 which includes planning, design, construction, management and furniture and fixtures; <br />and <br />WHEREAS, the City of Seward, the Seward Community Library Association and the <br />Resurrection Bay Historical Society, through the creation of a joint Seward Community Library <br />Museum Building Committee, and with the assistance of Foraker Prcdcvclopmenl Fund consultants, <br />ate working to create a sustainable project; and <br />WHEREAS, since 2003 progress includes purchase of a Bile, completion of a feasibility <br />study, a concept design, a business plan and a public phone survey; and <br />WFIEREAS, the public phone survey revealed that S8'% of the respondents were very likely <br />or likely to support bond funding for the project, supported by a %a% sales tax increase to help pay <br />for the capital costs of this project; and <br />WHEREAS, through the efforts of the Seward Community Library Museum Building <br />Committee, over $1,000,000 has already been committed to this project, through private donations, <br />grants, City contributions, and professional in-kind services and property acquisition; and <br />