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Council puts off solution, approves Marina Subdivision lease

Council puts off solution, approves Marina Subdivision lease

Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward City Council agreed at Monday night’s October 13 council meeting to allow transfer of the city lease known as Marina Subdivision from Charles “Scottie” Bald to Elliot Johnston without any changes to its rear right of way. The decision came with little comment by council following an executive session prior to the meeting […]

October 16, 2014 ·
Seward City Reps Take Stand Against Legalizing Pot

Seward City Reps Take Stand Against Legalizing Pot

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward City Council often refuses to take stands on controversial state ballot measures, but last night it passed a resolution by a 5-2 vote voicing its opposition to passage of Ballot Measure 2, the initiative legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Alaska, and urging voters to do the same. The vote was […]

October 14, 2014 ·
Kenai Peninsula Borough Unofficial Election Results

Kenai Peninsula Borough Unofficial Election Results

  Election Summary Report Regular Municipal Election Summary For Jurisdiction Wide, All Counters, All Races KENAI PENINSULA BOROUGH UNOFFICAL RESULTS JURISDICTION WIDE OCTOBER 7, 2014 REGULAR ELECTION 10/07/14 21:52:23 Borough Mayor KPB Total Number of Precincts 29 Precincts Reporting 28 96.6% Times Counted 9091/42409 21.4% Total Votes 8957 NAVARRE, Mike 4794 53.52% BEARUP, Tom 3270 36.51% MARTIN, Carrol J. 846 […]

October 13, 2014 ·
Threatened legal action complicates solution for Marina business access issue

Threatened legal action complicates solution for Marina business access issue

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward City Council has one particularly thorny decision to make at Monday’s October 13 regular council meeting: whether or not to pass a resolution approving the transfer of its city lease of the Marina (Restaurant) Subdivision from Charles Scottie Bald to Elliot Johnston, including an amendment retaining the right of way easement at […]

October 11, 2014 ·
Notice of Special Meeting October 13

Notice of Special Meeting October 13

From the City Clerk’s Office – NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Seward City Council will meet in a special meeting on Monday, October 13, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. for the purpose of: Go Into Executive Session To Discuss Matters Pertaining To Threatened Or Pending Litigation Regarding The Consent To Assignment To Seward Lodging III, LLC To The Lease Agreement […]

October 10, 2014 ·
City of Seward Final Election Results

City of Seward Final Election Results

Here are the final results from the October 7, 2014 Municipal Election for the City of Seward:   City Council, Two Year Term (Three Seats Open): Dale Butts:  250 Rissie Casagranda:  243 Marianna Keil:  216 John French:  136 Write Ins:  14   City Council, One Year Term (One Seat Open): Iris Darling:  274 Write Ins:  17   Results from the […]

October 9, 2014 ·

Unofficial Election Results-Seward/Lowell Point Precinct

Registered Voters 1781 – Cards Cast 609 34.19% Num. Report Precinct 1 – Num. Reporting 1 100.00%   Borough Mayor KPB Total Number of Precincts 1 Precincts Reporting 1 100.0% Times Counted 311/1781 17.5% Total Votes 298 NAVARRE, Mike 190 63.76% BEARUP, Tom 85 28.52% MARTIN, Carrol J. 21 7.05% Write-in Votes 2 0.67%   SBCFSA – SEAT A KPB […]

October 8, 2014 ·
Seward & KPB Elections today!

Seward & KPB Elections today!

The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The polling place for Seward/Lowell Point residents is at the KM Rae Building located at 125 Third Avenue in Seward, Alaska. Residents outside of city limits will need to vote at Bear Creek Fire Department.

October 7, 2014 ·
Study shows problems in electric rate structure

Study shows problems in electric rate structure

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – A special consultant from Rockport, Maine, who the City of Seward hired to examine the basic fairness of its utility rates and cost of service, and to explore how those rates might be adjusted to cover the utilities’ future budget needs, has found inequities in the rate structure, and uncovered a few red flags. […]

October 2, 2014 ·
Challengers for property rights, public health at Seward Candidates Forum

Challengers for property rights, public health at Seward Candidates Forum

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Few showed up to hear the candidates speak except for two local reporters, and one or two other people, including mayoral candidate Tom Bearup’s wife, and Ron Long, the Seward Assistant City Manager. The biggest surprise at the Seward Chamber of Commerce’s Candidates Forum Thursday night (Sept 25th) however, was not that most of […]

September 28, 2014 ·
City of Seward Notice of Special Meeting

City of Seward Notice of Special Meeting

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Seward City Council will meet in a special meeting on Monday, September 22, 2014 following adjournment of the 7:00 p.m. Regular Council Meeting for the purpose of:  Resolution 2014-080, Authorizing The City Manager To Apply For, And Accept A Loan From The State Of Alaska, Department Of Environmental Conservation, Alaska Clean Water Fund, In […]

September 22, 2014 ·
Meet the Candidates Night September 25

Meet the Candidates Night September 25

September 15, 2014 ·
2014 Notice of Election

2014 Notice of Election

City of Seward Press Release –   CITY OF SEWARD, ALASKA NOTICE OF REGULAR MUNICIPAL ELECTION TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2014   NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, there will be conducted in the City of Seward, Alaska, a Regular Municipal Election in accordance with Seward City Code, Title 4.   CITY OFFICIALS The following candidates have filed for […]

September 9, 2014 ·

Voter Registration Deadline September 8

In order to be eligible to vote in the October 7, 2014 City of Seward and/or Kenai Peninsula Borough Election, non-registered voters must register by September 8, 2014.  Contact the Office of the City Clerk to obtain a voter registration form, or click on the link here: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/vi_vr_how.php  

August 27, 2014 ·

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Seward City Council will meet in a special meeting on Monday, August 25, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. for the purpose of:    Give direction to administration to hire a third consultant to remediate hydrogen sulfide emissions related to City sewage.   The meeting will be conducted in City Council Chambers, City Hall, 410 Adams Street, Seward.  […]

August 23, 2014 ·
Small bubble aerators are a welcome sight at the City of Seward's passive wastewater lagoon lagoon. Heidi Zemach file photo

Lagoon work timing worries Lowell Point business owners

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Merrell Brothers, Inc., the lowest of three contractors to bid on the City of Seward project to drain, dredge and remove sludge from the two Seward lagoons, and conduct needed repairs, has told city officials it plans to begin working on the $3.9 million project in Seward next April. That information was disturbing to […]

August 22, 2014 ·
Only one competitor in city council election

Only one competitor in city council election

Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – City residents shouldn’t expect much change on the city council following the upcoming 2014 municipal elections. Four Seward City Council incumbents have applied to run for re-election, and will face only a single challenger, Dr. John French, in the 2014 Municipal Election October 7th. The deadline to file was Friday, August 15th. Council […]

August 17, 2014 ·
Sewage lagoon blamed for health concerns

Sewage lagoon blamed for health concerns

Ten area residents and business owners of the Lowell Point area, including a few downwind or upwind from the city’s main aerated, passive sewage lagoon, described their symptoms at Monday night’s regular city council meeting: headaches; stinging, swollen, watery eyes; difficulty breathing, coughing and other respiratory ailments; reduced oxygen levels; stomach upset; and even mental confusion—all of which have been […]

August 12, 2014 ·
Low bid for lagoon work almost $4 million

Low bid for lagoon work almost $4 million

  The City of Seward opened three much-awaited bids for the city lagoon sludge removal projects this (Monday) afternoon. There were three bids altogether, with one company, Lake Point Environmental Group, deciding not to bid. The lowest bid came from Merrell Brothers, a very large sludge removal firm based in Indiana, which focuses on dredging wastewater facilities, and had recently […]

August 11, 2014 ·
Poor Drainage Reported at SMIC

Poor Drainage Reported at SMIC

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – When snow melts and forms ice ponds on city property leased to private businesses, who has responsibility to drain the problem? City of Seward has spent about $35 million over the years to develop Seward Marine Industrial Center (SMIC), but serious problems due to inadequate drainage persist, according to at least some tenants at […]

August 4, 2014 ·
Council agrees to sell Jesse Lee, hears lagoon concerns

Council agrees to sell Jesse Lee, hears lagoon concerns

Heidi Zemach for SCN – Friends of Jesse Lee Home (FJLH) members celebrated, and filmed themselves talking about their victory at Monday night’s meeting after the Seward City Council agreed to transfer the old national historic building orphanage and land upon which it sits to their organization for “less than the appraised value,” meaning for practically nothing except closing costs. Meanwhile, […]

July 30, 2014 ·
NOTICE OF FILING DATES & OFFICES TO BE FILLED

NOTICE OF FILING DATES & OFFICES TO BE FILLED

2014 SEWARD REGULAR MUNICIPAL ELECTION   Notice is hereby given that any qualified voter living within the Seward city limits for at least one year prior to August 15, 2014 may file a declaration of candidacy for one of four available council seats, three seats with two-year terms and one seat with a one-year term that will be filled at the regular […]

July 28, 2014 ·
Stink returns to Lowell Point, but fixes are at hand

Stink returns to Lowell Point, but fixes are at hand

Heidi Zemach for SCN – Lowell Creek residents and visitors were upset by the stench that returned to their community from the city lagoon last weekend. Some who had planned to stay at that most popular Seward scenic beach area left early because of the smell, according to one local bed and breakfast owner. Nine residents filed odor complaints with […]

July 18, 2014 ·

P & Z Commission Barely Musters Quorum, Considers Options

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – Seward city code specifies a seven-member Planning and Zoning Commission with four needed for a quorum, but Seward currently has only four members in total and this causes problems, said Assistant City Manager Ron Long at a recent City Council Meeting. P & Z Commission Chair Cindy Ecklund agrees. After having canceled its last meeting […]

July 17, 2014 ·

Seward’s finances in great shape

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- The City of Seward is in better financial shape than it has been for years, and its individual enterprise funds, those designated for use by each department have healthy balances, with the exception of the wastewater fund. That summarizes the results of an audit of city finances by BDO, an Anchorage-based auditing firm that the […]

June 27, 2014 ·