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City of Seward,Alaska City Council Minutes <br /> January 22, 2018 Volume 39,Page 344 <br /> CALL TO ORDER <br /> The January 22,2018 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 /> Lieutenant Doreen Valadez led the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. <br /> ROLL CALL <br /> There were present: <br /> David Squires presiding and <br /> Marianna Keil Ristine Casagranda <br /> Sue McClure Erik Slater <br /> Suzanne Towsley Jeremy Horn <br /> comprising a quorum of the Council; and <br /> Ron Long,Acting City Manager <br /> Brenda Ballou, City Clerk <br /> Will Earnhart, City Attorney <br /> Absent—None <br /> CITIZEN COMMENTS ON ANY SUBJECT EXCEPT THOSE ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR <br /> PUBLIC HEARING <br /> Leighton Radner said he had been an attendee of the Teen&Youth Center(TYC)and now <br /> the Teen Rec Room(TRR); in total he had been going for around six years. His 14 year old brother <br /> had recently received a letter from TRR banning him for 30 days;Radner said his brother had been <br /> questioned by the police department,not charged for anything.Radner thought the TRR should be a <br /> warm,inviting place.He said the kids in Seward needed a safe,consistent place to relax with friends. <br /> Kerry Romig said she owned a business in town,was a Navy veteran,and had over 30 years <br /> of leadership experience. She wanted to comment about the leadership within the city on things that <br /> affected all of our lives and our businesses, and about what it meant to be a productive member of <br /> the Seward society. She expected professionals to work together, regardless of personal feelings. <br /> There was a lot of noise today about the potential firing of the city manager. Romig saw the city <br /> manager as a pleasant and kind person,but kindness and pleasantness didn't mean a person was a <br /> good leader. In April 2016 there was a newspaper article about the city freezing pay for city <br /> employees while the city manager was receiving a raise.After making it known privately that Romig <br /> thought it would be more appropriate for the city manager to wait until everyone could receive a pay <br /> raise, she received a threatening Facebook message about how her business could be negatively <br /> impacted if she continued. <br />