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Sponsored by: Oates <br /> CITY OF SEWARD, ALASKA <br /> RESOLUTION 2011 -022 <br /> A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SEWARD, <br /> ALASKA, IN SUPPORT OF ESTABLISHING WATER INFRASTRUCTURE <br /> FUNDING IN THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, PACIFIC OCEAN <br /> DIVISION, CIVIL WORKS PROGRAM <br /> WHEREAS, the City of Seward recognizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) has <br /> been the central governmental agency for the development of water - related infrastructure throughout <br /> the Nation and has established a comprehensive process to identify, evaluate, and fund projects <br /> related to navigation, safe harbor, flood control, erosion control, and water supply; and <br /> WHEREAS, the ACOE, Pacific Ocean Division includes Alaska, Hawaii, and the Pacific <br /> Island Territories all of which have economies highly dependent upon port infrastructure; and <br /> WHEREAS, Congress suspended use of congressionally - directed spending and now only <br /> funds projects identified through a scoring system which favors urban ports; and <br /> WHEREAS, the rural coastal communities of the Pacific Ocean Division do not have the <br /> population to compete with urban ports, yet are highly dependent on waterborne commerce; and <br /> I wo <br /> WHEREAS, there may be a mechanism within the Energy & Water appropriations bill to <br /> recognize the unique circumstances of coastal rural communities of the ACOE, Pacific Ocean <br /> Division; and <br /> WHEREAS, projects in need of funding include breakwaters, wave barriers, dredging, <br /> mooring basins, and flood /erosion control. <br /> NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF <br /> SEWARD, ALASKA, THAT: <br /> Section 1. The City of Seward encourages the United States Congress to amend fiscal year <br /> 2012 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill and the Fiscal Year 2013 President's Budget Request to <br /> include a set -aside of $50 million annually for use within the Pacific Ocean Division to develop and <br /> sustain water infrastructure in the small coastal communities of the region. <br /> Section 2. The City of Seward requests the Army Corps of Engineers be charged with the <br /> responsibility of working with the States, territorial governments, and local communities to prioritize <br /> projects throughout the Pacific Ocean Division region and be granted the discretion to investigate, <br /> evaluate, plan, and provide funding continuity for projects identified within its priority list. <br /> Law Section 3. This resolution shall take effect April 11, 2011. <br />