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City of Seward, Alaska City Council Minutes <br /> May 23, 2011 Volume 38, Page 581 <br /> L <br /> CALL TO ORDER <br /> The May 23, 2011 regular meeting of the Seward City Council was called to order at 7:00 <br /> p.m. by Mayor Willard E. Dunham. <br /> OPENING CEREMONY <br /> Lieutenant Butch Tiner led the pledge of allegiance to the flag. <br /> ROLL CALL <br /> There were present: <br /> Willard E. Dunham presiding and Marianna Keil <br /> Jean Bardarson Vanta Shafer <br /> Bob Valdatta Ristine Casagranda <br /> Tom Smith <br /> comprising a quorum of the Council; and <br /> Phillip Oates, City Manager <br /> Cheryl Brooking, City Attorney <br /> Johanna Kinney, City Clerk <br /> ABSENT — None <br /> CITIZENS' COMMENTS ON ANY SUBJECT EXCEPT THOSE ITEMS SCHEDULED <br /> FOR PUBLIC HEARING <br /> Angela Buck spoke before the council as a Port and Commerce Advisory Board applicant. <br /> She had history as a former employee and liaison for the board and she felt a desire to serve on this <br /> board. Buck states she would like to help focus some of the attention to other businesses than the <br /> marine industry. <br /> Carl Norman spoke on fiscal responsibility. The new taxes up for discussion tonight were <br /> unreasonable. There was no sunset on the half percent sales tax increase or the alcohol tobacco tax. <br /> The amounts proposed were still under for the operating costs for the new library museum facility. <br /> He didn't think the city should consider these funding options — and asked council to hold off until <br /> there was more certainty. <br /> Steve Fink was also a Port and Commerce Advisory Board applicant before the council <br /> tonight. He was a commercial mariner for several years and also with Kenai Fjords tours as well as <br /> running a ferry in Hawaii. Has other skills to bring to the table including tech and would love to <br /> participate on this board. <br />