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City of Seward, Alaska City Council Minutes <br /> September 11, 2017 Volume 40, Page 266 <br /> CALL TO ORDER <br /> The September 11, 2017 regular meeting of the Seward City Council was called to order at <br /> 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Jean Bardarson. <br /> OPENING CEREMONY <br /> City Manager Jim Hunt led the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. <br /> A moment of silence was given for those lives lost on September 11, 2001. <br /> ROLL CALL <br /> There were present: <br /> Jean Bardarson presiding and <br /> Marianna Keil Ristine Casagranda <br /> Sue McClure Erik Slater <br /> Deborah Altermatt <br /> comprising a quorum of the Council; and <br /> Jim Hunt, City Manager <br /> Johanna Kinney, City Clerk <br /> Absent—Dave Squires <br /> CITIZEN COMMENTS ON ANY SUBJECT EXCEPT THOSE ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR <br /> PUBLIC HEARING <br /> Susan Porter stated she had been a resident of Seward for the last 25 years. She appreciated <br /> the explanation given in tonight's work session on the seasonal electric utility rates,and it seemed to <br /> her that the escalation on her utility bill was largely because of the other charged associated with the <br /> rates,such as the fuel surcharge. She implored council to think about the residents who lived here in <br /> the winter time and year round, stating these seasonal rates felt like a punishment. Porter said she <br /> would just like to pay what she owed. She understood overhead and things like that,but she hoped <br /> council could look at going back to a flat rate. <br /> Tim McDonald agreed with Porter.The direct raw power costs left expenses and overhead at <br /> too high of a rate. If the city could not make a profit, they should sell the utility. <br /> Tom Tougas recommended Brenda Ballou for the soon to be open City Clerk position. He <br /> had worked with her on many projects such as the Sister City Program and felt she was very <br /> qualified to be the next City Clerk. She was professional and represented the city well. <br /> APPROVAL OF AGENDA AND CONSENT AGENDA <br />