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.
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.
New business on the Council’s agenda includes hosting a public hearing on a resolution to declare certain buildings in city limits as fire or health hazards, and/or public nuisances. If this resolution is passed, then the City of Nome could be authorized to demolish at least four properties.
The Nome Community Center got four separate awards, worth a total of $43,500, to use for the XYZ Senior Center, Camp Crave, the Boys & Girls Club, and the Food Bank. Each requesting entity walked away with at least $1,500, except for the Nome Public Schools’ Bridge Club, who received no funding.
20 entities have submitted funding proposals to receive part of the $150,000 in NSEDC money, which will be the sole focus of a City Council work session at 5pm tonight.
During their 5:30pm work session, the Council plans to discuss updating the Nome Code of Ordinances to allow sex offenders who are actively receiving treatment to be housed at permitted correctional facilities in Nome. The Council would have to pass an ordinance, currently in the first reading phase, to make this change.
Nome’s City Manager, Tom Moran, could be employed with the City for another one-year term, if a resolution is passed during tonight’s regular City Council meeting. Also, Bryant Hammond could become City Treasurer while retaining his duties as City Clerk.
Councilman Stan Anderson requested that an ordinance limiting the hours of liquor sales and an ordinance for a ten percent excise tax on alcohol be kicked off the agenda. The Council unanimously approved, with the intention to bring them back after holding a work session on August 14th.
Through the passage of an ordinance, NSHC will have use of land on East L Street and East M Street, as well as between East 6th and Greg Kruschek Avenue. City Manager Tom Moran explains these properties won’t go out for bid, but the City is negotiating some form of payment with NSHC.