Without four Nome city councilmen present, a quorum could not be reached, and no ordinances or resolutions could be passed. Instead of a regular meeting, open discussion focused on NJUS labor contract negotiations and concerns about the City-run ambulance service losing money.
By 7 pm Monday, utility workers had dug their way to thawed ground, an indication of flowing water, and ultimately found the source of the leak causing flowing water on Nome’s 3rd Avenue. The puddle which had been present Sunday night had also been cleaned up.
NJUS passed three labor negotiation resolutions at Tuesday night’s meeting after discussions regarding wage increases.
At its Jan. 23 meeting, the City Council approved the transfer of three licenses from EZ Cab to Mr. Kab, after talks about the appropriate number of taxis in Nome, overall.
Before tonight’s City Council meeting adjourns, a resolution could be passed that would divvy up funds from the 2016 NSEDC community benefit share. The Council received 15 proposals by the January 5th deadline from organizations asking for a portion of the $150,000 share.
Nome was dark for about twenty minutes last week due to inclement weather conditions.
A 2015 audit finds no weaknesses, deficiencies, or noncompliance by NJUS operations.
No more planned power outages are expected, but pole maintenance continues along the Nome-Council Road.
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.