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City of Seward Legislative Hist
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City of Seward, Alaska City Council Minutes <br />August 6, 2009 volume 38, Page 128 <br />CALL TO ORDER <br />The August 6, 2009 special meeting of the Seward City Council was called to order at 7:00 <br />p.m. by Vice Mayor Willard Dunham. <br />OPENING CEREMONY <br />City Manager Phillip Oates led the pledge of allegiance to the flag. <br />ROLL CALL <br />There were present: <br />Willard Dunham, presiding and <br />Bob Valdatta <br />Betsy Kellar <br />Marianna Keil <br />Tom Smith <br />Jean Bardarson <br />comprising a quorum of the Council; and <br />Phillip Oates, City Manager <br />Jean Lewis, City Clerk <br />Kris Erchinger, Finance Director <br />Jim Lewis, Deputy Harbormaster <br />ABSENT -Clark Corbridge <br />CITIZENS' COMMENTS ON ANY SUBJECT EXCEPT THOSE ITEMS SCHEllULED <br />FOR PUBLIC HEARING <br />Dan McDonald, Acting President of the Chamber of Commerce, commented that the <br />Chamber thought finishing the SMIC basin was a good project and they were 100% behind it, but <br />council had allocated that money to them and tasked the chamber to do an economic study based on <br />last fall's efficiency study. He was concerned this money was now being taken away and stressed <br />although not yet complete, the Chamber had spent months of efforts, worked with professionals, and <br />had found this study to be more involved than anticipated. McDonald reported that video production <br />needed to be reimbursed and funds had been committed with contractors. Although he and the <br />Chamber believed strongly in finishing this project, he asked the city to look for other fund sources <br />for Resolution 2009-077 and keep the chamber marketing money in place. <br />Jim Pruitt, was in favor of spending the dollars to do a study for the SMIC basin area and <br />said it was a long time coming. He remembers it being 28 years ago the city would be putting lease <br />incentives and infrastructure to bring people in and create jobs. Pruitt stated this never occurred <br />because the project was never finished. He thought the people would come if this basin was ever <br />finished. <br />DJ Whitman, expressed his gratitude for the administration bringing this forward. It was 23 <br />years ago visionaries came up with the plan to have employment for the community and the Seward <br />
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