City of Seward

SPRD Bulletin

SPRD Bulletin… Auto Tech Turkey Shootout Tip-off: Saturday November 28th at the Seward High Gym. B&C division teams are invited to a double elimination invitational tourney in Seward. Cash prize for the winning team if six teams participate. 1st & 2nd place prizes, team sportsmanship award and all-tournament team MVP. Special rates available at the Breeze Inn and the winning […]

November 13, 2015 ·
Mayor Jean Bardarson recognizes former council members Iris Darling and Kristy Terry. Heidi Zemach photo

Council passes $11.4 million budget, fee increases; no funds for public crane

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Commercial fishermen and those who work in the fishing industry packed City Council Chambers at Monday Nights’ November 9th meeting to lobby once again for a public use crane at the Seward Small Boat Harbor. Their passionate plea for a five-ton crane to help them unload fish and gear, came too late to make it […]

November 11, 2015 ·
One-ton capacity crane seen at Resurrection Bay Seafoods dock. Photo by R. Smeriglio

Support for Harbor Crane Still Strong, Funding Remains Uncertain

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — At Tuesday evening’s City Council work session to discuss funding a harbor crane, Seward’s mariners showed up in strength to once again demonstrate their support for the project. Of the many ideas batted around from the floor, none seemed to gain clear support from City Council or, almost as important, city administration. Administration has […]

November 11, 2015 ·
Seward Fisheries 14-ton crane at dockside. Photo by R. Smeriglio.

Port and Commerce Advisory Board Continues Push for Harbor Infrastructure

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — At its regular monthly meeting this November, Seward PACAB once again formally recommended a public-use crane in the small boat harbor. Additionally, the Board passed a resolution recommending about $12.3 million in various harbor improvements including a 5-ton crane. The Board seemed to reach consensus that the crane proposal had strong support and that […]

November 8, 2015 ·
This youngster is enjoying the pumpkins.

Halloween is Fun

Halloween Seward-style was loads of fun on this very cold afternoon and evening. Businesses invited trick-or-treaters in for goodies during the afternoon, Seward Mountain Haven homes were decked out in pumpkins and ghosts, and residents invited local children by for sweet snacks. And as usual, the ARRC cruise ship terminal was filled with young and old alike for a carnival […]

November 1, 2015 ·
City Clerk Johanna Kinney administers oath of office to newly reelected Mayor Jean Bardarson. Heidi Zemach photo.

City raises service rates while decreasing subsidies to ASLC and Icicle

Heidi Zemach for SCN- At the October 26th meeting, Seward City Council held public hearings on and then passed resolutions raising rates for city electric, sewer and water services. They also approved special contracts with the largest users, Icicle Seafoods Inc, and the Alaska Sea Life Center that increase the amount each will have to pay for subsidized electric rates. Council also […]

October 30, 2015 ·
City Council members pour over every aspect of the budget at a recent worksession. Heidi Zemach photo.

City’s proposed two-year budget increases user fees, shows fiscal restraint

Heidi Zemach for SCN- The City Council, which has the final decision on city budgets, has been making some difficult choices lately. As state and federal funding sources decline, Seward’s General Fund is facing a $1.3 million dollar budget gap in each of the upcoming fiscal years, 2016 and 2017. Their choices on the biennial budget will be reflected at […]

October 23, 2015 ·
City Council and Borough Assembly reps say goodbye and hello

City Council and Borough Assembly reps say goodbye and hello

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- The City of Seward, and Kenai Peninsula Borough elections have now both been officially certified. Mayor Jean Bardarson retained her position, easily beating her two-time challenger Tim McDonald 288-48, with eight write-ins. Some newcomers will be sworn in and seated at the next meeting, Oct 26th. They will include now-former Borough Assembly Representative Sue McClure, who […]

October 16, 2015 ·

Links to the Marijuana Control Board Hearing and to the Proposed regulations on Marijuana

Submitted by the Clerk’s Office, City of Seward – Alaska Legislative TV – currently running the Marijuana Control Board Hearings http://akleg.gov/includes/_player.php?live=MSC2-20151015-0900&time=1444929890 Regulations being proposed by the Marijuana Control Board https://aws.state.ak.us/OnlinePublicNotices/Notices/View.aspx?id=178479 Seward LIO time slot for the Marijuana Control Board Hearing on regulations is from 1pm to 1:30PM, Friday, October 16.   Seward Legislative Information Office PO Box 1769 Seward, AK 99664 […]

October 15, 2015 ·
AVTEC students Alex Pahno and Brett ___ with their solar demonstration project. Heidi Zemach photo.

Seward energy fair showcases the proven and the possible

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- The second Seward Energy Forum and Fair drew a wealth of exhibitors, presenters, school students, and interested local residents to AVTEC, Alaska Institute of Technology Student Services’ Center on Friday Oct 9th  and Saturday Oct 10th. Many of the speakers, exhibiting agencies, and attendees were experts in the cutting edge of alternative energy technologies, or […]

October 15, 2015 ·
Mariner rescued after fall from T-Dock

Mariner rescued after fall from T-Dock

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- A rather daring, successful rescue took place recently off T-dock behind Icicle Seafoods in the Seward Small Boat Harbor, saving the life of an unidentified mariner who had fallen into the water while heading down the ladder to his boat after midnight. The September 19th rescue began when an unidentified local taxi driver saw the […]

October 12, 2015 ·
City Council's first biennial budget worksession, October 7, 2015. Heidi Zemach photo.

City ponders how to fill a $1.3 million GF shortfall

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Just a few weeks ago, the City of Seward announced it had ended the 2014 fiscal calendar year in strong financial position, while also making substantial improvements to capital infrastructure.  The General Fund (GF), the city’s main operating fund, coming primarily from tax dollars, ended the year with a fund balance of $4.7 million. The […]

October 12, 2015 ·
An Interview with Andy Baker of Your Clean Energy LLC

An Interview with Andy Baker of Your Clean Energy LLC

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — After his presentation at the Seward Energy Forum and Fair last weekend, professional engineer Andy Baker, owner of Your Clean Energy, sat down for an interview with SCN. Baker serves as project manager for City of Seward’s ocean energy project, which proposes to heat four city buildings with heat from Resurrection Bay seawater. Baker […]

October 12, 2015 ·
Official City of Seward Election Results for October 6, 2015 Election

Official City of Seward Election Results for October 6, 2015 Election

October 9, 2015 ·
City Administration Briefs PACAB on Crane, Grid and Floats

City Administration Briefs PACAB on Crane, Grid and Floats

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — For years, commercial fishers and other vessel owners have steadily pushed for a public crane and a tidal grid in Seward small boat harbor. City of Seward administration last Wednesday briefed the Port and Commerce Advisory Board on costs and locations for this infrastructure. Actual installation appears years away, if approved by City Council. […]

October 9, 2015 ·

Unofficial Election Results for the Seward/Lowell Point Precinct (29-170)

From the City Clerk – City of Seward Ballot: Mayor Race (one seat) 240         Jean Bardarson 44           Tim McDonald 8              Write-Ins   Seward City Council (three seats open) 246         Sue McClure 238         David Squires 193         Deborah Altermatt 29           Write-Ins   Kenai Peninsula Borough Ballot:   Assembly Seat 6 (one seat) 139         Brandii Holmdahl 137         Kenn Carpenter 2              Write-Ins   Seward […]

October 6, 2015 ·
Seward Energy Fair Features Top Speakers and Hot Topics

Seward Energy Fair Features Top Speakers and Hot Topics

Do you know what is going on in Alaska with “The Grid”? Or what new Renewable Resources and Technologies are available? Clean Energy Policies & Programs for you or your business to tap into? How about becoming more Energy Efficient, or looking for a career in Renewable energy?  To expand your horizons, come to an event featuring great exhibits, huge student […]

October 6, 2015 ·
Moose Pass Fire Department's new truck, on display at the 2015 Alaska Firefighter's Conference in Seward. Heidi Zemach photo.

2015 Alaska Fire Conference hits high mark

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Seward loved having 300 wonderfully trained, expert, professional Alaska firefighters, instructors and vendors  in town last week. Not only did we feel safer, but many hotels, restaurants, and other places like REDS hamburger stand remained open for them, and the locals who took the opportunity to have one final meal out at those seasonal eateries. The […]

October 6, 2015 ·

Please Vote Today

By Cheryl Seese – I am voting for Jean Bardarson as Seward City Mayor. She has served our community very well for many years on the City Council. As Mayor, this last year, she has continued to serve us well. She listens and reads everything that comes before the council. She is thoughtful and focused on what is best for […]

October 6, 2015 ·

Opinion: VOTE TUESDAY 10/6/15

By Cheryl Seese – I am voting for Jean Bardarson as Seward City Mayor. She has served our community very well for many years on the City Council. As Mayor, this last year, she has continued to serve us well. She listens and reads everything that comes before the council. She is thoughtful and focused on what is best for […]

October 5, 2015 ·

Election Day and Budget Work Sessions

From the City Clerk: ELECTION: Reminder that TOMORROW is Election Day for the City of Seward and Kenai Peninsula Borough.  Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.  Bring a form of identification to the polling site.  Please come exercise your right to vote!   Seward/Lowell Point Polling Site:  KM Rae Building, 125 Third Avenue Bear Creek […]

October 5, 2015 ·
Candidates forum showcases city, assembly races

Candidates forum showcases city, assembly races

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- The Seward Chamber of Commerce’s candidates forum, held last week in advance of the Seward City and Kenai Peninsula Borough Regular Municipal Election Oct 6, was uneventful, although it did highlight some of the views and priorities of the candidates running in an unopposed city council race, a contested mayoral race, and a race between […]

October 2, 2015 ·
Friends Host Evening With Jackie Pels at Annual Membership Meeting

Friends Host Evening With Jackie Pels at Annual Membership Meeting

On Thursday evening, Oct 1st, 2015, starting at 6 p.m. the Friends of the Seward Library will be hosting a pot luck dinner and conversation at the library community room with special guest Jackie Pels. Jackie is a well know publisher and author in Seward. Her two dozen books include Alaskan stories with personal and community histories. Her best known […]

September 30, 2015 ·
City of Seward Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)

City of Seward Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)

To see the city’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for 2014, see this link to their web site: http://www.cityofseward.us/DocumentCenter/View/2445

September 29, 2015 ·
Climb the rockwall at the AVTEC Gym

Climb the rockwall at the AVTEC Gym

September 28, 2015 ·

Absentee voting has begun

Early absentee in person voting begins today in the City Clerk’s Office – bring a form of ID and come vote in the city and/or borough election.  This is a great service to utilize if you can’t make it to the polls on Election Day (October 6, 2015). Absentee voting will occur Monday through Friday, September 21 – October 5 […]

September 22, 2015 ·