By Heidi Zemach for SCN
City Manager Jim Hunt met with City Mayor David Seaward at City Hall last Friday for a private briefing on city affairs for the first time since Seaward was elected by the voters over a year ago. Actually, the meeting wasn’t quite private, as Assistant Manager Ron Long, and Councilmember Ristine Casagranda also came along, and Seward Phoenix Log reporter/editor Wolfgang Kurtz dropped by for a photo. The meeting between Hunt and Seaward was one long called for by Hunt, and by other council members, who pleaded with the mayor to go visit Hunt, as the two —one an elected mayor, the other a hired manager, have not spoken together except during council meetings for most of the mayor’s year in office. Seaward has preferred to get information by contacting the manager’s administrative secretary, which has not yielded results. At the last city council meeting, Seaward expressed frustration that he is always the last one to know what’s going on. His feelings were echoed by Casagranda, who said she felt similarly left out of the loop on certain issues—especially the progress of development at Seward Marine Industrial Center. She offered to accompany Seaward to the briefing. It remains to be seen whether
or not the meeting will mark the beginning of a better working relationship between the manager, mayor, and council.