Nome’s City Council has two ordinances relating to sales tax on the agenda. One would amend the deadline to apply for a sales tax exemption, and the other would increase the seasonal sales tax.
Water and sewer tariff rates will increase by $9.81 per month for residents, and $5.88 per month for seniors.
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.
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.
Michels will coordinate between Quintillion, the City of Nome, and NJUS as the telecom company works to bring high-speed internet to western Alaska.
The Port Commission will meet for the second work session this month to discuss rates, rules, and regulation changes for 2016.
The senator’s visit will be her first trip to Nome in almost four years. Nome Mayor Richard Beneville will lead her tour, which will include stops at Nome-Beltz, the port, and Airport Pizza.
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 Joint Utility Board dove into discussions of upcoming city projects and alternative energy sources at their most recent monthly meeting.
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.