Council

City elections has a mayoral contest, and two Seward folks run for assembly seat

City elections has a mayoral contest, and two Seward folks run for assembly seat

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Tim McDonald, an outspoken critic of the local government actions, is challenging incumbent Seward’s City Mayor Jean Bardarson once again for the mayoral seat in the upcoming October 6th city election. Meanwhile, three council candidates, already active participants in local and borough politics, will go unchallenged for the three open council positions. Sue McClure, […]

August 22, 2015 ·
Council learns drill rig coming from Cook Inlet and handles other pressing matters

Council learns drill rig coming from Cook Inlet and handles other pressing matters

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – During an eventful two-hour Seward City Council Meeting on Monday, July 27, the local public and council members learned from Seward City Manager Jim Hunt that the offshore oil drill Jackup rig that will be soon coming to dock in Seward is an offshore drilling rig called Spartan 151, operated by Furie Operating Alaska […]

July 28, 2015 ·
Drilling Seward waterfront for ocean heat

Drilling Seward waterfront for ocean heat

By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – Denali Drilling, a firm contracted by the City of Seward, is drilling a 300’ deep vertical bore hole at the Seward Waterfront about 120-feet along the bike path near Branson Pavilion. Beginning Monday, July 27, they will drill a 6” steel casing to the depth believed to contain saltwater, in a project expected […]

July 27, 2015 ·
Drill rig may be in Seward’s future

Drill rig may be in Seward’s future

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Seward City Manager Jim Hunt says a large oil drill rig from a well-known company may come to Seward in the off-season and find safe harbor here for up to 9 months at a time. He hinted that it may even return for a second season the year after that, and that a second […]

July 23, 2015 ·
Crumbling facade work shows potential of Seward’s code compliance program

Crumbling facade work shows potential of Seward’s code compliance program

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Nobody can be pleased when they receive a “Beautification Notice” or “Compliance Notice” by a private attorney either by mail or pinned to the door on behalf of the City of Seward, politely asking them to trim their hedges, cut down their daisies and fireweed, remove their junked vehicles, or paint or renovate their […]

July 21, 2015 ·
Council approves KFNP lease extension, adds new finance department position

Council approves KFNP lease extension, adds new finance department position

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward City Council last night unanimously approved a 60-year lease extension for the Small Boat Harbor property at 1212 Fourth Avenue where the Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center is located. The lease extension has an additional 5-year option. The NPS has leased the visitor center at its harbor location for the past […]

July 14, 2015 ·
Council reconsiders federal application for health facility

Council reconsiders federal application for health facility

By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News- Seward City Council agreed Tuesday, June 30th in a special work-session, to take more time and careful deliberation when considering the needs of the year-old, rapidly growing Seward Community Health Clinic and increasingly cramped hospital, which Providence Alaska manages on the city’s behalf. They were meeting to discuss whether to move forward with a […]

July 2, 2015 ·
Tourists walk down Port Avenue towards the cruise ship.

Seward’s Port Avenue corner needs maps and signage

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- The hundreds of visitors arriving on the Alaska Railroad passenger train to Seward every morning, and passing through town for the day while waiting to get on their cruise ship, or catch the evening return train, are often confused about where to go, and what to see or do.  Unlike other Alaska communities with cruise […]

June 22, 2015 ·
Aurora Charters can continue under the Hughes family ownership for another 13, plus 33, plus 33 years. Heidi Zemach photo.

Council approves another lease extension and will extend electric to SMIC

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward City Council last night awarded a liquor license to The Cookery, a new downtown eating establishment that offers fresh Alaskan oysters and small portions of  “hand-crafted” food prepared by award-winning chef Kevin Lane and his wife Stacy. Council also approved a city lease extension of 13 years on the lot upon which […]

June 10, 2015 ·

Job Opening at the Library Museum

CITY OF SEWARD POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT The City of Seward is hiring a Library Museum Technician. This is a regular, full-time position, with benefits, paying $15.57/hr. Performs difficult and complex tasks based upon detailed knowledge of particular library, museum and information technology functions. Responsible for quality control of library museum records. Manages and implements interlibrary loan, notary and passport agency procedures. […]

May 28, 2015 ·
Council’s say on community health clinic expansion to be affirmed

Council’s say on community health clinic expansion to be affirmed

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- The Seward City Council is likely to easily pass a resolution at tonight’s (Tuesday, May 26th) meeting affirming that it must authorize an application by the Seward Community Health Center for a $1 million federal infrastructure improvement grant. That’s important legal protection for the city, giving the council the ability to opt-out of plans to […]

May 26, 2015 ·
P&Z Commission Approves Housing for Seniors and Tents for Workers

P&Z Commission Approves Housing for Seniors and Tents for Workers

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — By unanimous vote of the six members present, Seward Planning and Zoning Commission recommended that city of Seward give 1.7 acres of parkland on the northeast corner of Dimond Boulevard and Sea Lion Avenue in the Fort Raymond Subdivision, to an entity that develops specialized housing for seniors. City Council will consider the donation […]

May 11, 2015 ·
From the city manager, regarding 4th of July Beach garbage

From the city manager, regarding 4th of July Beach garbage

The City of Seward received a report of debris and trash at Fourth of July beach and at the sewer lagoon Tuesday afternoon. City employees responded to identify the scope of the issue and set plans in motion to clean the beach and vacuum the small foil packets the were along some of the fence at the lagoon and on […]

May 6, 2015 ·
Council reconsiders, approves harbor fee increases

Council reconsiders, approves harbor fee increases

By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – The Seward City Council approved certain increases to the harbor fee structure at its Monday April 27th meeting that will help the city harbor department pay for new services and boat cleaning infrastructure at Seward Municipal Industrial Center, SMIC. The 5-2 council vote came upon written reconsideration filed by Councilwoman Marianna Keil, […]

April 29, 2015 ·
Thanks to community, used book sale a success

Thanks to community, used book sale a success

The Friends of the Seward Library would like to thank the community for the support for the used book sale on Saturday! The turn out was great and books left the building by the bags full! Children’s and junior/young adult books were popular as free. Many smiling faces with books clutched tight left the sale. Thank you also to the […]

April 21, 2015 ·
Calling all bibliophiles, the tomes are waiting

Calling all bibliophiles, the tomes are waiting

INTO THE LAST HOUR OF OUR BOOK SALE!! BOOK BONANZA TIME. BAG OR BOX OF BOOKS FOR $2. OPEN UNTIL 4PM The Used Book Sale is ready! Come on over to the Community Room of the Seward Library Museum and browse the tomes we have waiting. Coffee will be on, snacks out, kids corner open so moms and dads can […]

April 17, 2015 ·
Pat Williams Park rejected, new park site proposed

Pat Williams Park rejected, new park site proposed

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- The Seward City Council unanimously rejected a controversial proposal from a local group asking Kenai Peninsula Housing Initiative to donate .7 of an acre in Pat Williams Park near the Seward waterfront, so they could apply for a grant to construct some senior housing there. By Monday night’s April 13th regular Seward City Council meeting, […]

April 15, 2015 ·
P&Z Rejects Idea of Housing in Pat Williams Park

P&Z Rejects Idea of Housing in Pat Williams Park

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — By a vote of four to one, after having heard an hour and a half of public comment pro and mostly con, Seward Planning and Zoning Commission on April 7, rejected a proposal to give Kenai Peninsula Housing Initiatives 0.7 acres of Pat Williams Park to build senior housing. Seward City Council held a […]

April 10, 2015 ·
CHC/Providence Seward hospital expansion considered

CHC/Providence Seward hospital expansion considered

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- A divided Seward City Council held a detailed work session to weigh the risks and benefits of proceeding with a $1 million application for federal funding toward the creation of an $8.5 million expansion of the Providence Seward Medical & Care Center/Seward Community Health Clinic building. A resolution to proceed with the application will be […]

April 8, 2015 ·
Used Book Sale, Saturday, April 18

Used Book Sale, Saturday, April 18

Friends of the Seward Library are having the first used books sale in the new facility! All proceeds go to library programs. Saturday, April 18, 2015. There is still time to bring us your used books! (If you do it soon!) Seeking volunteers to help with our sale. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a48afaa2ca5f85-used See our website for more information: www.friendsofsclm.org The used books are […]

April 7, 2015 ·
To Attract Fishing Boats, Start With Infrastructure Say Fishermen at Seward Meeting

To Attract Fishing Boats, Start With Infrastructure Say Fishermen at Seward Meeting

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — The Seward fishing community showed up in force at a mid-day work session of City Council and the Port and Commerce Advisory Board. Council and PACAB had a question: How do we attract fishing boats to Seward? The fishermen and women had an answer: build more infrastructure and develop marine service businesses. Seward fishermen […]

April 6, 2015 ·
Special City Council Meeting Notice

Special City Council Meeting Notice

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Seward City Council will meet in a special meeting on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. for the purpose of:   Resolution 2015-026, Appropriating $300,000 From The Capital Project Fund As Match And Project Funds Towards Completing The Work Identified In The Roads Priority List That Is To Be Funded Using Statewide Transportation […]

March 28, 2015 ·
Senior Housing Proposal

Senior Housing Proposal

By Marianna Keil – Phase One of the Senior Housing project takes .7 acres of the Williams Park area. It was a compromise proposal. It allows the Senior Housing group an opportunity to apply for a grant. The Council has not committed to Phase 2. Some people have proposed the Rec Camp for consideration. As I stated at the Council […]

March 27, 2015 ·
Seward Providence Medical & Care Center and Seward Community Health Clinic building. Heidi Zemach file photo

Council moves forward on hospital extension and senior housing at city park

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward City Council was asked to consider, and be ready to make a quick decision about two major matters on Monday night, neither of which they knew much about. The first is a proposed $8 million dollar extension and remodel of the Providence Seward hospital/Community Health Center building. A federal grant called HRSA, […]

March 26, 2015 ·
Reluctant trash customers face power cutoffs

Reluctant trash customers face power cutoffs

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Seward City Council recently discussed some problems that certain residents had buying into the city’s mandatory curbside trash collection program, and other issues that had caused some consternation, during a work-session with representatives of Alaska Waste Inc. That’s the company with whom it contracts to provide curbside trash pickup service within the city. Alaska […]

March 25, 2015 ·
Finances at hospital and assisted living center gradually improving

Finances at hospital and assisted living center gradually improving

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Providence Seward Medical & Care Center ended FY 2014 with revenues of $17.8 million, a net income of $2.41 million, but $1.6 million in bad debt due to its charity care cases, said PSMCC’s director Joe Fong.  He presented the annual year-end financial report for the hospital/care center facilities and Seward Mountain Haven, a long-term […]

March 18, 2015 ·