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Ciry nfSewurd, ~f]nska City Council A~linutes <br />Mm-ck 23, 2009 ~ahnne 38 Patie 37 <br />CALL TO ORDER <br />The March 23, 2009 regular meeting of the Seward City Council was called to order at 7:00 <br />p.m. by Mayor Clark Corbridgc. <br />OPENING CEREMONY <br />Police Chief Tom Clemons led the pledge of allegiance to the flag. <br />ROLL CALL <br />There were present: <br />Clark Corbridgc presiding and <br />Willard Dunham <br />Bob Valdatta <br />Betsy Kellar <br />comprising a quorum of the Council; and <br />Phillip Oates, City Manager <br />Jean Lewis, City Clerk <br />Cheryl Brooking, City Attorney <br />ABSENT -None <br />Jean Bardarson <br />Marianna Keil <br />Tom Smith <br />CITIZENS' COMMENTS ON ANY SUBJECT EXCEPT THOSE ITEMS SCHEDULED <br />FOR PUBLIC HEARING <br />Ron Newcome, was concerned with any initiative that put fluoride in Seward's drinking <br />water. He understood through a Wellness Group the administration would be relying on peer group <br />recommendation. He did not believe it was the city water utilities job to provide medication or <br />treatment, but should provide good drinking water. Newcome did not know why the city would be <br />adding what some people saw as a poison. He thought fluoride should be an individual decision <br />based on the recommendation by a person's health provider. He also thought there were other <br />alternatives to assist the individuals who did not have money to pay for proper dental care. He <br />mentioned individuals could get fluoride free from the local health nurse. After researching the pros <br />and cons, he found that taking fluoride internally was a risky and unnecessary treatment and should <br />be taken topically, not internally. Newcome noted if the city put Ruoride in the water and took this <br />choice away from the citizens, they would have to install tumecessary equipment in their homes to <br />remove it. <br />John French, wished to be the city's representative on the Prince William Sound Regional <br />Citizens Advisory Council (PWS RCAC) and supported Resolution 2009-017 on the agenda, which <br />confirmed a rivo vessel escort system for tankers. This would lay the groundwork for more binding <br />r <br />legal action to change the statutes and approaches to the escorting system. French stated the best <br />