During its regular meeting, the Nome City Council is expected to pass a resolution supporting Alaska Native victims of sexual assault and other violent crimes. The resolution came before the Council last month but had been postponed for a later date.
The six present councilmen voted unanimously last night to approve the amended general fund budget as well as the other six fiscal year 2019 City budgets. Those include funds to renovate the Anvil City Science Academy bathrooms, upgrade some of the City’s boilers, and adopt the Port of Nome’s $1,762,969.00 budget.
Following a work session regarding NSEDC’s mid-year community benefit share, the Council could then approve the FY 2019 City budgets. The City is expected to raise the mill rate to 11 mills, fully fund Nome Public Schools’ request of $3,078,762, and increase the Chamber of Commerce’s contract to $175,000.
Before concluding Tuesday night’s meeting, the Council approved a resolution to increase the mill rate from ten to 11 for this calendar year (2018) and authorized the lease of municipal property to the Federal Aviation Administration for an eight-year period. One ordinance that didn’t pass would have vacated the right-of-way in block 96 of Tobuk Alley.
At Monday’s council meeting, City Manager Tom Moran said Nome is currently projected to be almost $2 million “in the hole” for FY ’19. Those numbers could change, as the City budgets are not finalized yet. Also on Monday, both council members and Nome citizens supported postponing a resolution on improving local responses to sexual assault, so that the wording of the resolution can be revised.
On the Council’s agenda for May 14 is a resolution to support justice for Alaska Native victims of sexual assault and other violent crimes. This measure was written in response to last week’s work session, where a group of Nome citizens voiced their concerns about what they say is systemic discrimination against Alaska Natives.
A land lease regarding Newton Peak has existed for years between the City of Nome and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and will continue for another ten years. Before adjourning the regular meeting, the Nome City Council passed a resolution to support the Graphite Creek mining project.
No comments were made, no discussion took place: all five present councilmen voted “yes” to approve the NJUS budget. Slightly more time was spent on the Council’s only piece of new business: an ordinance to transfer municipal property to Jessica and Howard Farley, Jr., through a lease agreement.
The Nome City Council has a slim list of business on the agenda for tonight’s regular meeting. An important item, though, is the second reading of the 2018 Operations and Maintenance budget for Nome Joint Utility System (NJUS). The City Council’s regular meeting convenes Monday at 7pm in Council Chambers.
Nome City Council could make the final decision on a controversial ordinance regarding Port tariffs at tonight’s regular meeting. Vitus Energy is urging the Nome City Council not to create regulations that they say could cause the City to lose sales tax revenue.