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The Nome Common Council voted on June 27 to approve the city’s schedule of fees and fines for fiscal year 2022. The schedule includes fees for everything from building permits to licensing pets and fines for everything from overdue library books to building code infractions.

The schedule of fees and fines has not changed since 2020, largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to City Manager Glenn Steckman. That doesn’t take into account port fees, which are set independently by the Nome Port Pommission. The council may wish to reevaluate the schedule for fiscal year 2023, based on what the council wants to accomplish with the money the fees and fines provide, Steckman said.

Also at the June 27 meeting, the council held a public hearing on the Nome Community Center’s permanent supportive housing project, HomePlate Nome. The city and the community center will be jointly applying for a Community Development Block Grant to help fund the project, and the hearing was required by the terms of the grant. No members of the public chose to comment during the hearing. The council intends to pass a resolution supporting the project at its July 11 meeting.

Finally, the council voted to renew two contracts. The first is between Nome and Windward Strategies, the organization that lobbies the federal government on Nome’s behalf. Mayor John Handeland commented that the services provided by Windwards Strategies are “worth every penny (the city) is paying and then some.”

The second contract is between the City of Nome and the Nome Chamber of Commerce. It allows the Chamber of Commerce to operate the Nome Convention and Visitors’ Bureau on the city’s behalf.

The Nome Common Council will next meet on Monday, July 11 at 7 p.m.

Image at top: Council Members Scot Henderson (left), Adam Martinson (center) and Doug Johnson (right) at the June 27 Nome Common Council meeting. Photo by Sean Milligan, KNOM (2022).

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