Nome was dark for about twenty minutes last week due to inclement weather conditions.
Mark Johnson was sworn into office by City Clerk Bryant Hammond during the City Council’s regular meeting, which also included an approval of rate increases for NJUS schedules A and B.
Nome’s Utilities Manager admits he was skeptical about the wind project at first, but with the installation of two Dutch brand EWT 900 turbines and the 18 now fully repaired, smaller vanes, the wind farm can generate up to 30% of the City’s total power needs.
In its July 25 meeting, the Nome City Council decided to begin the abatement process for five city properties it’s deemed unsafe. Also discussed: water quality along Lester Bench Road, a new Historic Preservation Commission, and the burning of trash within city limits.
While the visit was described as a “courtesy call,” Nome Mayor Richard Beneville said they did discuss the opening of the Arctic Ocean to international shipping.
The City will provide NJUS with up to 4.6 million dollars at an interest rate of 2.68 percent per year to pay back their fuel loan with Wells Fargo. The first supply of 2.2 million gallons of fuel will be brought to the Nome Port by Vitus Marine between July 20th and 25th.
The budget for the new building’s utilities was based on the older much smaller building, which means the city is now stuck with a very large bill.
With the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers putting a proposed expansion of Nome’s port on pause for at least a year, council members discussed a way forward at Monday’s meeting.
The Nome City Council selected a new city clerk, rejected an overhaul facelift for city hall, and questioned a recent vehicle procurement by the Nome Police Department.
Residents showed up in force Monday night to sound off on everything from rising utility rates to the final draft of the city’s long-gestating marijuana laws.