Residents showed up in force Monday night to sound off on everything from rising utility rates to the final draft of the city’s long-gestating marijuana laws.
As new noise, firearm, and marijuana ordinances are readied for public consumption, the city council is preparing to interview two candidates for the city manager job.
Approving the city utility’s annual fuel purchase, Nome’s City Council now has to find a new candidate for city manager.
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.
Amid discussions of the still-forming city marijuana laws, the Nome City Council also approved an electricity rate hike and operating budget for the city utility.
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.
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.
The City Council and the Nome Joint Utility grappled with the details of a $2.2 million line of credit at a special session Friday, Nov. 14.
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.
Communities in western Alaska are sharing more than $5.6 million in federal grants to relieve soaring energy costs.