Mark Johnson was sworn into office by City Clerk Bryant Hammond during the City Council’s regular meeting, which also included an approval of rate increases for NJUS schedules A and B.
Once Mark Johnson is sworn in, he and the other councilmen will vote on an ordinance amending proposed changes to NJUS water and sewer tariff rate schedules A and B. If approved, rates will increase by 10%, starting immediately.
Michels will coordinate between Quintillion, the City of Nome, and NJUS as the telecom company works to bring high-speed internet to western Alaska.
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 constitutionality of Nome’s draft marijuana laws gave way to calls for visitors—and investors—for the city’s hopes at a deep-draft Arctic port.
As of Friday, backup phone lines and power systems were in use, but internet connections and other instruments at the Weather Service and FAA were not fully operational.
On budget with the city’s new museum, library, and cultural center, the City Council addressed the utility’s loans before discussing how to spend an NSEDC donation and how to eventually deal with legal marijuana sales.
Focused on city and utility employee contracts, the Nome City Council’s proposal to collect property tax on aircraft died on the table after failing to get sufficient votes.
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.
An emergency work session of the Nome Joint Utility Board was called to order last week, to discuss the utility’s finances. It would appear NJUS has a cash flow problem.