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City of Seward,Alaska City Council Minutes <br /> October 9, 2017 Volume 40, Page 278 <br /> CALL TO ORDER <br /> The October 9,2017 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 Ristine Casagranda <br /> Dave Squires Sue McClure <br /> Erik Slater <br /> comprising a quorum of the Council; and <br /> Jim Hunt, City Manager <br /> Johanna Kinney, City Clerk <br /> Will Earnhart, City Attorney <br /> Absent—Altermatt <br /> CITIZEN COMMENTS ON ANY SUBJECT EXCEPT THOSE ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR <br /> PUBLIC HEARING • <br /> Matthew Nelson said he had been a member of this community for 30 years.He had recently <br /> received news that his position was to be cut to help remedy the $1.3 million deficit. He wanted <br /> council to know that he did a lot more work than just custodial duties at city hall.He was responsible <br /> for city hall,the annex building,and the public works building;he said he wasn't the reason for the <br /> budget shortfall and he understood that times were hard, but his position shouldn't be sacrificed. <br /> Sharyl Seese said she was here to air her feelings,and she was sorry to hear that the custodial <br /> positions were to be gone; there were currently seven city jobs posted in the newspaper. She was <br /> upset that the Senior Center was cut by$10,000,and the Boys&Girls Club was cut by$10,000;the <br /> Parks&Recreation Department was getting an increase. She asked why the chamber was getting a <br /> 21.7% increase. Seese complained that it was difficult to see the whole Parks&Recreation budget <br /> because it wasn't all combined together. <br /> Maya Moriarty thanked Mayor Bardarson for her service,and thanked Johanna Kinney and <br /> wished her well at the SeaLife Center. The booster club still had 45 tickets left for the fundraiser. <br /> The sports calendar would soon be printed, and business card ads were still available for$200. <br />