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City of Seward, Alaska City Council Minutes <br /> May 09, 2011 Volume 38, Page 573 <br /> CALL TO ORDER <br /> The May 9, 2011 regular meeting of the Seward City Council was called to order at 7:00 p.m. <br /> by Mayor Willard E. Dunham. <br /> OPENING CEREMONY <br /> Chief Tom Clemons led the pledge of allegiance to the flag. <br /> ROLL CALL <br /> There were present: <br /> Willard E. Dunham, presiding; and Marianna Keil <br /> Jean Bardarson Vanta Shafer <br /> Bob Valdatta Ristine Casagranda <br /> Tom Smith <br /> comprising a quorum of the Council; and <br /> Phillip Oates, City Manager <br /> Brenda Ballou, Acting City Clerk <br /> L <br /> ABSENT — None <br /> CITIZENS' COMMENTS ON ANY SUBJECT EXCEPT THOSE ITEMS SCHEDULED <br /> FOR PUBLIC HEARING <br /> Patricia Heim announced that there would be a Fireside Chat held at the K. M. Rae Building <br /> regarding early education in Seward during the 1950's and 1960's on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 7:00 <br /> p.m. <br /> Todd Brewer expressed concerns about surveillance cameras that were installed throughout <br /> town because he didn't feel the public had been given time to consider their opinions before the <br /> cameras were ordered. He felt that security was a double -edged sword: it protected borders, but it <br /> also controlled populations. He added that the money necessary to maintain the equipment would be <br /> better used for the overtaxed public. <br /> Carl Norman stated that the new proposed taxes for the Library Museum Project were <br /> exorbitant. He went on to illustrate his point by stating that a 1% increase over a 4% existing tax <br /> actually represented a 25% increase. He said Seward could not afford the Library Museum Project. <br /> Devin Putney said he attended the work session for the surveillance cameras in September <br /> h 2010 and remembered that the discussion involved having clearly marked signs where the cameras <br /> were placed, that Council would review the locations and view, and that no cameras would be placed <br /> on Fourth Avenue. He believed the cameras should be removed. <br />