Without four Nome city councilmen present, a quorum could not be reached, and no ordinances or resolutions could be passed. Instead of a regular meeting, open discussion focused on NJUS labor contract negotiations and concerns about the City-run ambulance service losing money.
“The City Council shall determine… the maximum number of taxi cabs to be licensed for commercial purposes within the City. It doesn’t say anything about the licenses becoming a property right,” Councilman Brown stated about the resolution to transfer three taxi licenses from EZ Cab to Mr. Kab. The resolution failed during Monday’s City Council meeting.
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.
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.
Nome City Councilman Matt Culley mentioned that it’s “not bad” to be spending $150,000 less than what the budget planned for when the total budget amount is over $11 million. More discussion and voting on seven ordinances amending Nome budgets will occur at the next City Council meeting.
City Manager Tom Moran and Mayor Richard Beneville will be absent from tonight’s City Council meeting while the Council discusses ordinances on Nome’s fiscal year 2016 budgets.
“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.”