The city’s top priority is continuing with ongoing water and sewer upgrades, but even modest projects are uncertain in the face of a potential $3 billion deficit due to falling oil prices.
Finances were the central topic of discussion at Nome’s Joint Utility meeting this week, in the wake of a $2.2 million line of credit extended by the Nome City Council.
Removing the sales tax exemptions from local churches and nonprofits could bring in up to $300,000 a year, city finance officials say.
The council moved forward on issues related to realignment of the Center Creek Road and formal opposition to future liquor licenses, but heads butted on the upcoming marijuana initiative.
Technicians, already scheduled to visit Nome from the Netherlands for routine maintenance on the turbines, should be able to repair the faulty unit to working order.
Brandy Arrington has been running unopposed for Nome’s School Board Seat B, but less than a week before election day, Charles Pullock is launching a write-in campaign for the seat.
The old bridge over Nome’s Snake River was removed last week after decades of use, but the new bridge has issues related to lighting and how it intersects with adjoining roads that residents want addressed.
The council is looking to auction off roughly two dozen parcels, including properties the city reclaimed through abatement.
The city’s legal counsel says the Nome City Council should award the contract “without regard to any potential zoning violation.”
Funding for the Richard Foster Building and a proposed alcohol and tobacco tax were overshadowed by a divisive contract for maintaining the city’s fleet of emergency vehicles.