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City of Seward, Alaska City Council Minutes <br /> February 22, 2010 Volume 38, Page 239 <br /> CALL TO ORDER <br /> The February 22, 2010 regular meeting of the Seward City Council was called to order at <br /> 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Willard E. Dunham. <br /> OPENING CEREMONY <br /> Police Chief Tom Clemons led the pledge of allegiance to the flag. <br /> ROLL CALL <br /> There were present: <br /> Willard E. Dunham presiding and Linda Amberg <br /> Jean Bardarson Bob Valdatta <br /> Vanta Shafer Marianna Keil <br /> comprising a quorum of the Council; and <br /> Phillip Oates, City Manager <br /> Jean Lewis, City Clerk <br /> ABSENT — Tom Smith <br /> CITIZENS' COMMENTS ON ANY SUBJECT EXCEPT THOSE ITEMS SCHEDULED <br /> FOR PUBLIC HEARING <br /> Maya Moriarty, spoke on behalf of the Seward Wellness for All Group and spoke in favor <br /> of the fluoridation of the city's water. There was a lot of junk science and legitimate science out <br /> there, and she hoped people could tell the difference or refer to the health professionals in Seward. <br /> There were questions of safety and finances and public health vs individual freedom. She urged <br /> council to think about trust, and noted all top health officials supported fluoride. <br /> Judi Christensen spoke on behalf of Quetckak Native Tribe and Diane McRae, Tribal <br /> Council President, in support of community water fluoridation. This would help Seward's youth and <br /> there was an overwhelming need in the native population. QNT promotes health and wellness for its <br /> members. <br /> Sharyl Seese, spoke in opposition to having fluoride in the water. She thought there should <br /> be more education for tooth care. She hoped council would consider this issue again before putting <br /> it in the water. Not everyone wanted fluoride in their water. <br /> Warren Huss, stated he graduated from dental school in 1965 and had studied the science of <br /> fluoride and community water fluoridation and assured the council that it was safe and effective. It <br /> helped prevent tooth decay in youth, young adults and seniors. <br />