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City of Seward,Alaska City Council Minutes <br /> January 8, 2018 Volume 39, Page 336 <br /> CALL TO ORDER <br /> The January 8,2018 regular meeting of the Seward City Council was called to order at 7:00 <br /> p.m. by Mayor David Squires. <br /> OPENING CEREMONY <br /> Police Chief Tom Clemons led the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. <br /> ROLL CALL <br /> There were present: <br /> David Squires presiding and <br /> Erik Slater Suzanne Towsley <br /> Jeremy Horn <br /> comprising a quorum of the Council; and <br /> Ron Long,Assistant City Manager <br /> Brenda Ballou, City Clerk <br /> Absent—Keil, Casagranda,McClure <br /> CITIZEN COMMENTS ON ANY SUBJECT EXCEPT THOSE ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR <br /> PUBLIC HEARING <br /> Carol Griswold said employees were the city's most valuable asset,and yet they continued <br /> to be bullied and intimidated, which resulted in low morale and turnover; she said she was <br /> referencing the work done by Major General Laurie Hummel from the Alaska National Guard. <br /> Griswold thought there was a yoke of oppression over city employees; arbitrary, unethical leaders <br /> could make life miserable for subordinates and disable an organization. The city needed one set of <br /> rules that applied to everyone,with rules and procedures established to limit arbitrary decisions and <br /> provide autonomy to staff. Griswold thought that leaders should be required to attend ethics training <br /> to shape and sustain a healthy culture of integrity, honor, and professionalism. <br /> Reed Lane said he worked two days a week at the Teen Rec Room(TRR),and was also an <br /> active member of the Seward Prevention Coalition.Lane wanted to bring attention to an issue called <br /> Adverse Childhood Experiences(ACEs),and how it related to the TRR.Examples of ACEs included <br /> reoccurring physical abuse, reoccurring emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, alcohol or drug <br /> abuse, incarcerated household members, depression,and mental illness to name a few.Many teen <br /> attendees at the Teen Rec Room reported experiencing these issues.Only one-third of adults report <br /> never having experienced these issues as a child;the greater the number of ACEs in a person's life, <br /> the greater that person's risk factors were as an adult,which included smoking,drug use,and suicide. <br /> Lane said the Teen & Youth Center (TYC), and the Teen Rec Room, were both places that teens <br /> should be able to go for help in the form of protection factors,resiliency and trauma-informed care <br /> rather than having an emphasis on discipline. The TRR should be a safe place for youth where <br />