<br />,(, "~ J.
<br />SEWARD, ALASKA
<br />Regular Meeting - 1/6/58
<br />(con tinued)
<br />Moving to the subject of Ice and Snow Removal, City Manager Bordwell read a letter
<br />from the City Attorney which stated in substance that it would be to the advantage
<br />of the City if Ordinance No. 80 were reinstated, or a new ordinance on the same
<br />subject be prepared. It was the concensus of the Council, as expressed by Clm.
<br />Johnson, that such an ordinance be prepared for the consideration of the Council at
<br />an early date.
<br />City Manager Bordwell read a second letter from City Attorney Buckalew, on the sub-
<br />ject of a General Code for Seward. The City Manager pointed out that with no subject
<br />index of ordinances, it was ext~ly difficult to operate the City business in an
<br />efficient manner, for every legal matter had to be researched before it was known
<br />which ordinance is in effect. It was agreed that such a Code would be to the advan-
<br />tage of the City, and the Council expressed interest in what proposals would be made
<br />by the City Attorney, when he comes down with a member of the City of Anchorage legal
<br />department, who have offered to assist smaller cities to codify their ordinances.
<br />A bill which Mr. Buckalew submitted in connection with the Garrett case was discussed
<br />briefly, and it was decided that it should be held over and acted upon along with
<br />the rest of the monthly bills.
<br />Acting Mayor Knight asked what action had been taken with regard to the heat escaping
<br />between the Armory Gymnasium and the High School, and Mr. Bordwell reported that Mr.
<br />James had told him the underground heati~ fipes had been insulated and installed
<br />according to the specifications, and the/e~capement was only normal for that type of
<br />installation, so. there were no grounds for complaint to the contractor. Upon his
<br />second question, Acting Mayor Knight was told that the old Seward General Hospital
<br />was inspected and accepted back: f rom the Women's Division, and they had been informed
<br />of this fact by letter, a copy of which had been sent to Mr. Howell.
<br />Clm. Leirer a sked about the status of the Connolly work: on the power t ransmi ssion
<br />line, and Mr. Ray Scott, who was among people present, said he had been told unoffic-
<br />ially that while the Connolly crew had returned from their two-week Christmas vacation,
<br />they would probably work only this week and then cease operations for the winter.
<br />Clm. Amend asked why they were shutting down, and Mr. Scott said it was on account of
<br />the snow depth and weather conditions. There was a general discussion among the
<br />Councilmen and Mr. Scott, where it was brought out that it was the concensus of the
<br />Council, as well as the opinion of the engineers' representative, that weatrf~onditions
<br />did not justify Connolly's shutting down at this time. However, since he is still well
<br />within the time of his contract there is nothing the City can do to force him to stay
<br />on the job at this time. However, Mr. Scott suggested that he could be notified that
<br />the City is not in accord with his actions, and that if he runs over his 200 days he
<br />will be subject to penalty. He should be reminded that he ceased operations a t a time
<br />the weather did not warrant this, so should be held in contract if he does not complete
<br />the work by the due date.
<br />Moving on to New Business, City Manager Bordwell stated that at the last regular Council
<br />Meeting it was brought out that certain changes would have to be made in the City's Tax
<br />Ordinance, to conform with action taken by the 1957 Territorial Legislature. One of
<br />these changes, establishing the tax assessment date as of January 1, had been taken at
<br />that previous meeting. Now it was necessary to establish new due and delinquent dates
<br />for the several installments, and establish penalty and interest rates for delinquent
<br />taxes. The City Manager outlined the general points that would have to be covered,
<br />and after considerable discussion was instructed by the Council to prepare the necessary
<br />proposed Ordinance that could be acted upon at the next regular Council Meeting. The
<br />Council also instructed Mr. Bordwell to inform the public that the ordinance was being
<br />written to conform with the 1957 Session Laws, and Mr. Bordwell stated that the subject
<br />would be covered on his next ~our City ReportsR radio program.
<br />Clm. Lowell informed the Council that Mr. Ed. Fortier, Acting Administrator of Civil
<br />Defense, had stated there was a possibility that the City of Seward could buy, for a
<br />token amount, the old Army Recreation Center. It was pointed out that there were a
<br />number of buildings as well a s vacant lots included on the prope rty, a nd might be
<br />well worth the City's while to follow up on this opportunity. Clm. Lowell was instructed
<br />by the Council to get more details on the matter, so that a definite decision could be
<br />Clm. Lowell also informed the Council that it was probable that another ambulance
<br />would be based in Seward, and while the title would remain with the Air Force, it
<br />was desired that the City would carry the insurance. City Manager Bordwell pointed
<br />out that it was questionable if taxpayers' funds could be used to insure non-City-
<br />owned equipment, even though the equipment would be used in case of local emergency.
<br />There was some discussion, which brought out the sentiment of the Council that in same
<br />way it should be arranged to provide the necessary funds for insurance, as it would be
<br />greatly to the advantage of the City to have this ambulance based in Seward.