“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.
These are unofficial results. The Nome City Council will meet on Thursday, November 3rd at 12 o’clock noon in the Richard Foster Building for a Special Session to canvass the results.
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.
During citizens’ comments, Vera Metcalf wanted the Council to be aware of the EWC and many of its members’ resolutions for opposing the inclusion of walrus, mammoth, and mastodon ivory in the U.S. ivory ban laws.
All previously-announced unofficial Municipal election results are now official, including Chuck Wheeler’s appointment to Seat D of the Utility Board, despite Carl Emmon’s challenge to Wheeler’s candidacy and the election results. The official results were canvassed during a City Council special session on Thursday at noon.