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City of Seward Legislative Hist
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<br />I <br /> <br />I <br /> <br />I <br /> <br />Sponsored by: Mayor <br /> <br />CITY OF SEWARD, ALASKA <br />RESOLUTION 2001-063 <br /> <br />A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SEWARD, <br />ALASKA, SUPPORTING THE MODERNIZATION OF THE SEWARD <br />MARINE CENTER USING THE $1.6 MILLION GENERATED FROM THE <br />SALE OF THE K. M. RAE BUILDING <br /> <br />WHEREAS, the Seward Marine Center (SMC) is a major coastal marine experimental <br />facility operated by the Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS); and, <br /> <br />WHEREAS, IMS is part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks' School of Fisheries and <br />Ocean Sciences (SFOS); and, <br /> <br />WHEREAS, the Center is the northernmost University marine laboratory in the U.S. and <br />is ideally situated for fjord-related investigations, open ocean work in the Gulf of Alaska, and studies <br />of subarctic and arctic organisms; and, <br /> <br />WHEREAS, the SMC has received no physical plant maintenance support since 199J <br />despite providing over $400K (from ship and shore side research grants) per year in overhead to the <br />main campus; and, <br /> <br />WHEREAS, the SMC is the base of operation for the 132 ft. oceangoing research vessel <br />Alpha Helix that is scheduled to be replaced in 2006 with a vessel of approximately 220-ft. length <br />that will be capable of operating in ice but cannot be operated at the SMC without upgrading the <br />dock to accommodate a larger vessel; and, <br /> <br />WHEREAS, should this dock upgrade fail to occur, SFOS will no longer operate Alaska's <br />deep sea research vessel and if the shore facility is not modernized then the SMC cannot become a <br />major oceanographic research center that combines its shore research capability with that of the <br />Mariculture Center and the SeaLife Center; and, <br /> <br />WHEREAS, this lost opportunity will result in the University's decline in standing to that <br />of a third rate oceanographic research center and would be a failure of the University system to serve <br />the State's scientific needs; and, <br /> <br />WHEREAS, the K. M. Rae Building plus 2.6 acres of uplands will be sold to the US Park <br />Service and Forest Service in 2001 for approximately $1.6 million. <br /> <br />NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY <br />OF SEWARD, ALASKA, that: <br />
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