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					                               MINUTES
                      FOR THE REGULAR MEETING
                         OF THE CITY COUNCIL
                     FOR THE CITY OF THORNE BAY
                               ALASKA,
                         COUNCIL CHAMBERS
                              CITY HALL
                            January 6, 2009
                               6:30p.m.

        The meeting was preceded by a workshop beginning at 6:00p.m.

1.    CALL TO ORDER:
Mayor Gould called the meeting to order at 6:30p.m.

2.    PLEDGE TO FLAG:
The audience and council stood for the pledge to the flag.

3.    ROLL CALL:
Gould, Currit, Kelly, Marsh, Hartwell and Minnillo were present. McDonald was
excused.

4.    APPROVAL OF AGENDA:
Hartwell moved to approve the agenda removing item 11. (a). Currit seconded
the motion. There was no further discussion.

MOTION:      Move to approve the agenda removing item 11 (a)
F/S:         Hartwell/Currit
YEAS:        Marsh, Kelly, Minnillo, Gould, Hartwell and Currit
NAYS:        None
STATUS:      Motion Passed.

5.    MAYOR’S REPORT:
Mayor Gould reported that the AML Winter Legislation Session was the 28-30 of
January.

6.     CITY ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT:
Erickson stated Jathan Knowles will be in Thorne Bay to do evaluations of EMS
vehicles. Mr. Knowles charges $60.00 per hour and estimates the job to last for
three days. Mr. Knowles will also be working with office staff on EMS billing.
Erickson stated there was an expenditure on the agenda for the purchase of a
2003 Expedition for $5,000.00 that will be used for the VPSO vehicle. The
expedition belonged to a retired state trooper and the vehicle is fully equipped
with lights. Erickson stated the current VPSO truck will go to the Public Works
department. Erickson stated Mark Habib was in Thorne Bay and helped with the
Homeland Security Grant. Erickson stated Mr. Habib went through the EMS
equipment. Erickson stated AP&T was putting power in Steep Road but the snow
was making the process go slower than usual. Erickson stated AML was looking
into purchasing lots 2&3 of the Downtown Subdivision for a possible new
location of their headquarters. Erickson stated Eagle Minerals are doing a
hydrographic survey of Tolstoi Bay. Erickson stated they were showing interest
in loading iron or in Tolstoi Bay. Erickson stated they offered to pay 1/3 of the
price for a Dock in Tolstoi Bay. Erickson stated the City was having a hard time
with the snow. The City has been paying overtime. The harbor was sinking from
the weight of the snow. Erickson named the people that helped shovel the snow:
Slayton Family, Dennis Stauffer, Jim Marsh, Jon Oliver, Joe Kelly, Julie Isom,
Pete Isom, Cindy Edenfield, Jake Minnillo, Edgar Duncan, Meredith Sornsin,
Dana Allison, Justin Sornsin, Jon Erickson, Tony Heerema and Teri Hammons.
Erickson stated Davidson Landing Harbor was completely under water. Minnillo
inquired who owned the land at Tolstoi Bay. Erickson stated the City of Thorne
Bay owned the Tidelands and Mental Health owned the land above the tidelands.
Erickson stated Mental Health was interested in leasing or trading the land.
Gould stated the City has entered into an MOA on the development at Tolstoi
Bay. Minnillo stated the City could not afford to pay 2/3 of a facility. Minnillo
stated if Eagle Minerals Industry wanted a facility there they needed to build and
pay for it. Erickson stated he would have someone else pay for the city portion.
Kelly inquired how many jobs the mine would bring. Erickson stated he did not
know. Gould stated the employment opportunity would be limited at first. Gould
stated he thought they would want the work to be done by local people. Minnillo
stated Southeast Roadbuilders would be doing the road work for the mining.
Hartwell inquired about AML moving their headquarters to Thorne Bay.
Erickson stated AML currently shares a dock with Northland. Hartwell inquired
if they could have their headquarters at the sort yard. Hartwell stated the city put
a lot of money in putting water and sewer in the downtown area. Kelly inquired
how much of the Sort Yard belonged to the City. Gould stated it was about 8.7
acres. Kelly stated the City could probably get a use permit to use some of the
Forest Service portion of the Sort yard. Kelly stated no one has been interested in
doing anything in the Downtown Business District in the last three years except
for Jim Wilson and Jim Silverthorn. There was short discussion of changing the
zoning for the Downtown Business District in the future.

7.    PUBLIC COMMENTS:
There were no public comments.

8.     COUNCIL COMMENTS:
Hartwell inquired if the City had a shovel in the Fire Truck to move all the snow
away from the fire hydrants. Currit stated the Fire Trucks do have snow shovels
in them. Currit stated the Fire Trucks were full of water so the fire crew could
split up. Some of the crew on the hose and a couple of them can shovel out the
fire hydrants. Currit thanked the city for keeping the roads clear on the
Southside. Kelly stated the reason for his ordinance was he wanted the council to
talk about things to do to keep from operating on a deficit budget. Kelly stated
the council and staff have done a great job with coming up with ideas. Gould
stated he appreciated Kelly postponing the ordinance so there could be more
discussion. Gould stated the council would look into garbage and sewer rates.
Gould stated there would be a proposal for the increase of the rates at the next
city council meeting. Hartwell stated the council just raised the rates for the scale
at the Solid Waste site. Hartwell inquired if the council would be raising those
rates or rates in town. Gould stated it would be the rates in town that are raised.
Sornsin stated he was ok with the enterprise funds operating at a 5 thousand
dollar loss but not with a 100 thousand dollar loss. Kelly inquired if it was
possible to have the garbage picked up twice a month instead of every week.
Sornsin stated garbage would pile up around town. Hartwell inquired why the
city would pay $60 per hour for three days of Jathan doing work. Erickson stated
Jathan would also be helping the City with billing for the EMS runs and that
would bring in a lot of money.

9.       CONSENT AGENDA:
           The Consent Agenda includes routine items of business, which may not require separate discussions. When
the Mayor calls for public comment on the consent agenda, you may raise your hand and the Mayor will recognize you,
asking which item(s) you wish to have removed from the consent agenda for separate discussion and action. Following
the removal of any item from the consent agenda, the Council votes on the remaining items in one motion. All items
that are removed from the consent agenda will follow the format of Administrative Report, or Public
Hearing/Participation and Council Action.
         A.  MINUTES:
             1.    Minutes for the Regular December 16, 2008, City Council
                   meeting, discussion and action item:
Hartwell moved to pass the consent agenda. Minnillo seconded the motion.
There was no further discussion.

MOTION:            Move to pass the consent agenda
F/S:               Hartwell/Minnillo
YEAS:              Kelly, Currit, Gould, Marsh, Hartwell and Minnillo
NAYS:              None
STATUS:            Motion Passed.

10.   NEW BUSINESS:
      A.     Resolution 09-01-06-01, a resolution concurring with the Planning
             and Zoning Commission approving the preliminary plat,
             subdivision request, by the City of Thorne Bay, Alaska, discussion
             and action item:
Gould moved to pass Resolution 09-01-06-01. Currit seconded the motion.
There was no further discussion.

MOTION:            Move to pass Resolution 09-01-06-01
F/S:               Gould/Currit
YEAS:              Kelly, Gould, Marsh, Minnillo, Hartwell and Currit
NAYS:              None
STATUS:            Motion Passed.

         B.    Application for Bank of America, Alaska Airlines Credit Card for the
               City of Thorne Bay, discussion and action item:
Gould moved to approve the City applying for a Bank of America credit card.
Hartwell seconded the motion. Erickson stated the City purchases a lot with the
city debit cards and with an Alaska Airlines Credit Card the city could save up
miles for free airline tickets on business travel. There was no further discussion.

MOTION:            Move to approve the City applying for a Bank of America credit card
F/S:         Gould/Hartwell
YEAS:        Minnillo, Marsh, Gould, Currit, Hartwell and Kelly
NAYS:        None
STATUS:      Motion Passed.

      C.      Resolution 09-01-06-02, adopting the Solid Waste Rate Schedule
              for senior discounts, discussion and action item:
Gould moved to approve Resolution 09-01-06-02 as amended stating that
seniors will pay residential rate for dumpsters. Marsh seconded the motion.
Kelly inquired if seniors would pay ½ the rate of garbage with no sales tax.
Erickson replied that seniors would not be charged sales tax. There was further
discussion.

MOTION:      Move to approve Resolution 09-01-06-02 as amended stating that
      `      seniors will pay residential rate for dumpsters
F/S:         Gould/Marsh
YEAS:        Kelly, Gould, Marsh, Minnillo and Hartwell
NAYS:        Currit
STATUS:      Motion Passed.

      D.     Resolution 09-01-06-03, adopting the Water and Sewer Rate
             Schedule for senior discounts, discussion and action item:
Currit moved to pass Resolution 09-01-06-03. Hartwell seconded the motion.
There was no further discussion.

MOTION:      Move to pass Resolution 09-01-06-03
F/S:         Currit/Hartwell
YEAS:        Kelly, Currit, Gould, Marsh, Hartwell and Minnillo
NAYS:        None
STATUS:      Motion Passed.

11.    ORDINANCES FOR INTRODUCTION:
       A.    Ordinance 09-01-20-01, amending Title 3-Revenue and
             Finance, Chapter 3.08-Budget, Section 3.08.010-Scope of
             Budget, discussion item:
This ordinance was removed from the agenda.

12.   ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING:
      A.     Ordinance 09-01-06-01, amending Title 10-Vehicles and Traffic,
             Chapter 10.20-Parking Standing and Stopping, Section 10.20.060-
             Off Street Parking Place—Removal of Unauthorized Vehicles,
             discussion and action item:
Gould moved to approve Ordinance 09-01-06-01. Currit seconded the motion.
There was no further discussion.

MOTION:      Move to approve Ordinance 09-01-06-01
F/S:         Gould/Currit
YEAS:        Kelly, Gould, Marsh, Minnillo, Hartwell and Currit
NAYS:        None
STATUS:      Motion Passed.

13.    EXPENDITURES EXCEEDING $2,000.00:
       A.     Expenditure of $2,400.00 to Southeast Business Machines for the
              purchase of Kyocera KM-2530 Digital Copy Machine, discussion
              and action item:
Gould moved to approve the expenditure of $2,400.00 to Southeast Business
Machines. Currit seconded the motion. Hartwell inquired how many copies the
city made per year. Meredith Sornsin stated it was about 60,000. Hartwell
stated the other option was that the lease amount would be decreased from
$500.00 to $230.00 per month. Kelly stated the Forest Service used the same
copy machine and they were very reputable machines. Hartwell inquired if the
city wanted to get the $1,500.00 maintenance contract. Meredith stated the city
was not going to get the contract until next year. There was no further discussion.

MOTION:      Move to approve the expenditure of $2,400.00 to Southeast
             Business Machines
F/S:         Gould/Currit
YEAS:        Kelly, Gould, Marsh, Minnillo and Currit
NAYS:        Hartwell
STATUS:      Motion Passed.

       B.     Expenditure of $5,000.00 to Alaska DOT, for purchase of an
              Expedition for VPSO vehicle, discussion and action item:
Gould moved to approve the expenditure of $5,000.00 to Alaska DOT. Kelly
seconded the motion. Gould stated the VPSO’s current truck was very expensive
in gas and was in poor condition. Gould encouraged the council to pass the
expenditure. Kelly inquired if the city could put the plow on the old VPSO
vehicle. Sornsin stated it would be used for a Public Works vehicle. There was no
further discussion

MOTION:      Move to approve the expenditure of $5,000.00 to Alaska DOT
F/S:         Gould/Kelly
YEAS:        Kelly, Hartwell, Currit, Gould, Marsh and Minnillo
NAYS:        None
STATUS:      Motion Passed.

       C.   Expenditure of $10,000.00, to the State of Alaska DOTPF to
            provide the stamped engineering drawing for the Phase 1 floats for
            Davidson Landing, discussion and action item:
Currit moved to approve the expenditure of $10,000.00 to Sate of Alaska
DOTPF. Kelly seconded the motion. Kelly inquired if all the Denali Commission
money was spent. Sornsin stated it was not and would be used to cover the
$10,000.00 expenditure. Sornsin stated there was $450,000.00 left for
Davidson Landing. There was further discussion.

MOTION:      Move to approve the expenditure of $10,000.00 to State of Alaska
             DOTPF
F/S:         Currit/Kelly
YEAS:         Kelly, Gould, Marsh, Minnillo, Currit and Hartwell
NAYS:         None
STATUS:       Motion Passed.

14.   CONTINUATION OF PUBLIC COMMENT:
Sornsin stated in FY10 the city would receive $2,160.00 more in revenue just by
charging seniors ½ solid waste fees.

15.    CONTINUATION OF COUNCIL COMMENT:
Currit stated he heard there was a senior in town that owns two homes and was
getting senior rate for both places. Gould stated he appreciated the councils
concerns on having the city financially stable. Gould requested that Justin and
Jon bring a rate increase proposal to the council at the next regular meeting.
Minnillo stated there was a meeting about Bear Hunting regulations that would
change the rules to say that you cannot drive to a location for bear hunting. You
would be able to by skiff but not by vehicle. Minnillo stated that the city will see a
drop in tax’s because people would not be coming up to the lodges for bear
hunting. Kelly stated the bear population was plummeting. Gould stated Senator
Bigach requested the top three priority projects from Thorne Bay. Kelly inquired
the total requested for the projects. Sornsin stated it was a total of $900,000.00.
Davidson Landing, Roads and Solid Waste.

16.   ADJOURNMENT:
Mayor Gould adjourned the meeting at 7:39pm



                                                     _____________________
                                                      James Gould, Mayor


ATTEST:


__________________________
Teri Hammons, City Clerk

				
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