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City of Seward,Alaska City Council Minutes <br /> January 23, 2017 Volume 40, Page 168 <br /> CALL TO ORDER <br /> The January 23,2017 regular meeting of the Seward City Council was called to order at 7:00 <br /> p.m. by Mayor Jean Bardarson. <br /> OPENING CEREMONY <br /> Police Chief Tom Clemons led the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. <br /> ROLL CALL <br /> There were present: <br /> Jean Bardarson,presiding and <br /> Marianna Keil Dave Squires <br /> Sue McClure Deborah Altermatt <br /> Erik Slater <br /> comprising a quorum of the Council; and <br /> Jim Hunt,City Manager <br /> Johanna Kinney, City Clerk <br /> Absent—Casagranda <br /> CITIZEN COMMENTS ON ANY SUBJECT EXCEPT THOSE ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR <br /> PUBLIC HEARING <br /> Phyllis Shoemaker spoke on behalf of the Seward International Friendship Association <br /> (SIFA). The Association needed members willing to take on leadership positions. She thanked the <br /> city for all they had done with SIFA and felt it was important to give our youth this option of a <br /> cultural student exchange. She would like this club to remain vital and active, and keeping the <br /> exchange a part of our community. There was a SIFA meeting tomorrow night and there were <br /> membership forms available for anyone interested. <br /> Carol Griswold commended Historic Preservation Award recipient Heather McClain for <br /> traveling from Juneau to receive her award tonight. She and co-recipient Marc Swanson were two <br /> fine recipients who did an incredible amount for Seward. Griswold felt it was bittersweet, as <br /> McClain was not with the City of Seward anymore,and said it was tragic at how many employees <br /> Seward had lost due to bullying. City employees should be invested in and should want to stay. She <br /> thanked the city for the electricity being on and the roads being plowed and the citizens going to <br /> work. They were in the midst of a huge snow event and she appreciated all the hard work. <br /> Linda Lasota thanked council for their acknowledgement and representation on the Seward <br /> Historic Preservation Commission.She noted two individuals were being recognized tonight for the <br /> Historic Preservation Award and it was her honor to be the chair of this commission. The awards <br />