A resolution proposing an additional $500,000 to a reserve bank account operated by the Nome Joint Utility System Board was passed at the March 28 NJUS Board Meeting.
As City Manager Tom Moran describes, the Council’s second amendment to the budget on Monday night increased total revenue and surplus based on the seasonal sales tax, “which would make the General Fund revenue $12,660,937.74 and, then, the savings $1,236,159.67.”
Seven ordinances to amend City budgets are on the City Council’s agenda Monday night, including the Port of Nome fund budget and the City of Nome general fund municipal budget. The Council is also expected to approve labor contracts between NJUS, the IBEW, and the International Union of Operating Engineers.
No resolutions were passed at Tuesday’s meeting, but the board is preparing to revise NJUS vehicle policy and the 2010 Water and Sewer Master Plan.
A recent incident at KNOM’s AM transmitter site is but the latest example of the challenges of operating a radio station in a remote corner of the sub-Arctic.
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.