“Is burning trash necessary? Is it better to have public health?” Tom Okleasik asked the Nome City Council during Monday night’s meeting, during which an ordinance to ban burning trash within city limits was voted down.
A resolution urging the Alaska State Legislature to take immediate action on fiscal legislation was voted down during Monday night’s Nome City Council meeting.
The City will provide NJUS with up to 4.6 million dollars at an interest rate of 2.68 percent per year to pay back their fuel loan with Wells Fargo. The first supply of 2.2 million gallons of fuel will be brought to the Nome Port by Vitus Marine between July 20th and 25th.
City Manager Tom Moran weighed in on the operation of the Nome Visitors Center, saying, “I think the issue is with getting people to Nome, I think maybe they are doing a less than perfect job of that, but when people get to Nome, they are doing a very good job catering to their needs.”
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.
The Nome Community Alcohol Safety Team proposes raising taxes on tobacco and alcohol to generate revenue for the City and reduce social ills.
The city is hoping an 8% tax on tobacco and alcohol will help pull in revenue, but any new tax would have to go before voters.
Nome Public Schools could see a shortfall of hundreds of thousands of dollars if budget numbers from Friday’s City Council work session don’t change.