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9-16 Borough Assembly Report

16 September 2014 Borough Assembly Meeting Report By Sue McClure We held our annual meeting in Homer, which began with a beautiful rendition of the national anthem sung by Kyle Schneider and members of the Homer High School Swing Choir. Mayor Navarre proclaimed September to be Hunger Awareness Month, and we heard the quarterly report from South Peninsula Hospital. Mayor […]

by · September 17, 2014 ·

Community Choir Rehearsals Resume

The local Community Choir will begin fall rehearsals Thursday September 11 from 6:30-8 PM at the United Methodist Church.  We rehearse Thursdays 6:30-8 PM, concluding with a concert December 11.  All singers high school age and up are welcomed.  Questions:  contact Sue at 224-6784.

by · September 7, 2014 ·

2 September 2014 Borough Assembly Report

2 September 2014 Borough Assembly Report By Sue McClure   Our meeting was dominated by ordinances (11) accepting and appropriating grants from the state totaling over $6 million. All were passed by unanimous consent, including $500,000 for the Seward Bear Creek Flood Service Area for flood mitigation projects, $4 million for the Road Service Area for road projects, and $545,400 […]

by · September 3, 2014 ·

Borough Assembly Meeting Report

5 August 2014 Borough Assembly Meeting Report By Sue McClure   Ordinance 2014-25, which passed by a 5-4 vote at our July 22 meeting, was vetoed by Mayor Navarre August 4th, and by a 5-4 vote at this meeting we failed to over-ride the veto, so the ordinance was defeated. This comes after hours of testimony and discussion covering three […]

by · August 6, 2014 ·

Borough Assembly Report

22 July 2014 Borough Assembly Meeting Report By Sue McClure   Our second July meeting echoed the first, as we heard hours of public testimony and adjourned just before midnight. The ordinance with the most input and discussion was Ordinance 2014-25, which places the question of a borough-wide “bed tax” on the October ballot. It was amended down to 3%, […]

by · July 23, 2014 ·

1 July Borough Assembly Report

1 July 2014 Borough Assembly Meeting Report By Sue McClure   We had a full audience, with much public testimony, and our meeting ended just before midnight. The bulk of the testimony was about Ordinance 2014-25, which had its first of two public hearings. This is the ordinance proposing a 4% borough-wide transient accommodations tax (bed tax), subject to voter […]

by · July 2, 2014 ·

Cemetery Tour Tonight

Seward’s annual Solstice Cemetery Tour will be held at 10:30 PM tonight, June 21,  starting at the American Legion parking area.  Bring boots and an umbrella if it’s still raining.  Lee Poleske will lead us on a walk through select grave sites and read obituaries and historical facts about the lives of those visited.  A few surprises are in store […]

by · June 21, 2014 ·

Borough Assembly Report

17 June 2014 Borough Assembly Meeting Report By Sue McClure   We had several ordinances that resulted in extensive public comment and assembly discussion, at this June meeting. After testimony and discussion, Ordinance 2014-18, changing code to require only a simple majority instead of a 60% voter approval to change the sales tax cap, passed by a 5-4 vote. I […]

by · June 18, 2014 ·

Borough Assembly Report

3 June 2014 Borough Assembly Meeting Report By Sue McClure We began the day at 2 PM with committee meetings, which included discussions of the Fiscal Year 2015 budget that had been presented by Mayor Navarre. Public testimony and discussions began at about 8 PM, and ended with the budget ordinance being enacted at about 10:30. There are few changes […]

by · June 4, 2014 ·

Borough Assembly Report

20 May 2014 Borough Assembly Meeting Report By Sue McClure   The assembly heard presentations from the Central Peninsula Hospital (their quarterly report) and the Friendship Mission in Kenai. The mission is self-supporting, and provides food and shelter for individuals in need of a new start.   Mayor Navarre reported that his office is working on the borough’s 50th anniversary […]

by · May 21, 2014 ·

Borough Assembly Report

5-6-2014 Borough Assembly Meeting Report By Sue McClure   Our afternoon began at 1 PM with a budget presentation by Craig Chapman, Finance Director. He outlined the highlights of the fiscal year 2015 borough budget. It is pretty much like last year, maintaining the 4.50 mill rate, holding the school district contribution steady pending information on the State’s level of […]

by · May 6, 2014 ·

Community Choir Concert Thursday

The Seward Community Choir will perform their spring concert at the Rae Building Auditorium (across 3rd Avenue from Sea View Plaza)  7 PM Thursday May 1st.  The 26-member choir will offer a variety of choral pieces, admission is free, and the concert will be followed by cookie reception.  Community Choir rehearses Thursday evenings  in the fall and spring, and will […]

by · April 28, 2014 ·

Borough Assembly Meeting Report

4-15-2014 Borough Assembly Report By Sue McClure   This was our annual meeting in Seward, which was a nice treat for me and seemed to be enjoyable for the rest of the assembly and other borough folks who came over.  Our meeting lasted about 1½ hours, which was time enough for them all to drive back home afterwards.   At […]

by · April 15, 2014 ·

Borough Assembly Report

1 April 2014 Borough Assembly Meeting Report By Sue McClure   The committee portion of our afternoon began with a teleconference with the Kenai Peninsula Borough legislative delegates.  We were updated on the status of legislation, and the delegates answered questions posed by assembly members.   At our regular 6 PM meeting, Chief of Staff Paul Ostrander read the Mayor’s […]

by · April 1, 2014 ·

Borough Assembly Report

18 March 2014 Borough Assembly Meeting Report By Sue McClure – March is one of four months each year that the Assembly meets only one time, rather than two.  Our committee meetings (which are open to the public) began at 3 PM, during which we may ask questions of the administration or sponsors of legislation, prior to the regular meeting.  […]

by · March 19, 2014 ·

Borough Assembly Report

2-25-2014 By Sue McClure One agenda item, Resolution 2014-017, dominated nearly three hours of our 4 ½ hour-long meeting.  Originally on the consent agenda, this resolution would have put the question of funding the “non-departmentals” to an advisory vote at the regular fall election.  Twenty-two people testified, and all but two spoke in favor of continued funding the five groups […]

by · February 26, 2014 ·

Borough Assembly Meeting Report

11 February 2014 Borough Assembly Meeting Report By Sue McClure   Our first meeting day of February began at 3:30 PM with a report from RBC Public Funds Service on the Borough’s investment portfolio.  It seems we are doing all right, with an emphasis on the long term.   Our 6 PM regular meeting began with a presentation by Linda […]

by · February 11, 2014 ·

Borough Assembly Report

21 January 2014 Borough Assembly Meeting Report By Sue McClure   This will be a short report for a very brief meeting, which lasted about one hour.  We heard a presentation of the quarterly report for Central Peninsula Hospital, from CEO Rick Davis.  They have shown a steady growth in revenue, and have received the Certificate of Need for most […]

by · January 21, 2014 ·

Borough Assembly Report

7 January 2014 Borough Assembly Meeting Report By Sue McClure   Our day began with the taking of the annual group picture, which will hang on the wall of the assembly chambers along with those from previous years. Committee meetings followed this, which is the time when we ask questions of administration about the upcoming ordinances and resolutions.  We had […]

by · January 8, 2014 ·

Long-time Seward Resident Passes

Duane K. LeVan, Seward resident since 1946, passed away peacefully early this morning at Providence Seward.  He was 87 years old, a WWII veteran, an avid hunter and outdoorsman, and a very good person.   He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Sanna, and his son Mel LeVan and daughter Sue McClure, as well as grandsons Bixler McClure, […]

by · December 28, 2013 ·

Seward Museum Christmas Open House

Come to the Seward Museum this Sunday, December 15th, from 1-4 PM for our the annual holiday open house, sponsored by the Resurrection Bay Historical Society.  There will be cookies, conversation, and some pump organ Christmas tunes.

by · December 12, 2013 ·

Borough Assembly Report, 12-3

3 December 2013 Borough Assembly Meeting Report By Sue McClure   Our only meeting in December began with a joint budget work session with the KPB School District administration and members of the Board of Education.  Superintendent, Dr. Steve Atwater presented an overview of the district’s financial outlook, followed by a discussion.  With decreasing student numbers and less money expected […]

by · December 4, 2013 ·

22 October Borough Assembly Report

22 October Borough Assembly Meeting Report By Sue McClure   One resolution dominated the public input and discussion of this second October meeting.  It was Resolution 2013-072, providing for the issuance of up to $43 million in revenue bonds for a specialty clinic planned by the Central Peninsula Hospital.  Although the plan has been in the works for years and […]

by · October 23, 2013 ·

8 October Borough Assembly Report

8 October 2013 Borough Assembly Meeting Report By Sue McClure   The first October meeting was very short, with the one Ordinance up for public hearing being postponed to our October 22 meeting due to finalization of pay scale agreements.  It is Ordinance 2013-19-19 which approves moving eight State dispatchers to borough employment for the Soldotna Public Safety Communications Center […]

by · October 8, 2013 ·

17 September Borough Assembly Report

17 September Borough Assembly Meeting Report By Sue McClure   This was our annual meeting in Homer.  It was a beautiful day to see the City of Homer, and we were treated to dinner prior to the 6 PM meeting.  Two presentations were made.  The CEO of South Peninsula Hospital gave their quarterly report.  Although things are looking good, earnings […]

by · September 18, 2013 ·