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.
During Monday night’s meeting, ordinances amending the General Fund budget, the Port of Nome Fund budget, and others are expected to pass.
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.
“As far as what the penalties for not having your chauffeur’s license are, if we happen to stop somebody that’s carrying passengers for fare and they don’t have a chauffeur’s license, then the person is subject to a fine, the company is subject to a fine, the vehicle is subject to impound…” Chief John Papasodora said after an alleged incident of improper taxi business operations.
Tonight’s Nome City Council meeting begins at 7pm in City Hall after the 5:30 work session regarding NSEDC’s Community Benefit Share program is finished. One piece of unfinished business before the Council is a resolution to approve the transfer of three taxi licenses from EZ Cab to Mr. Kab.
Recent changes to Nome’s seasonal sales tax have altered the distribution of revenue from pull-tab (gambling) sales, sparking a debate over who needs pull-tab earnings more: local nonprofits, like the Nome Winter Sports Association, or the City.
An ordinance failed during Monday night’s Common Council meeting that would have required all candidates running for City office to have no debts owed to the City of Nome.
Official runoff election results confirmed Mark Johnson took home 338 votes, while Matt Culley received 146. 484 counted votes, excluding 4 questioned ballots discounted by the State, were cast during the runoff between Culley and Johnson.
As of Tuesday night’s first count, challenger Mark Johnson led incumbent Matthew Culley by a margin of more than 2-to-1. A total of 482 votes were submitted for the municipal runoff, says Nome City Clerk Bryant Hammond.