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					                                                                  Regular City Council Meeting
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                               Committee of the Whole – 6:30 P.M.
                             Regular City Council Meeting – 7:00 P.M.

A regular meeting of the North Pole City Council was held on May 4, 2009 in the
Council Chambers of City Hall, 125 Snowman Lane, North Pole, Alaska.

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL

Mayor Douglas Isaacson called the regular City Council meeting of May 4, 2009 to order
at 7:00 p.m.

There were present:                                    Absent/Excused
Ms. Hunter                                             Excused
Mr. Jacobson
Ms. Lindhag
Mr. McCarthy
Ms. Thompson
Mr. Wilson
Mayor Isaacson

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE U.S. FLAG
Mayor Douglas Isaacson led the Pledge of Allegiance

INVOCATION
Invocation was given by Tammy Wilson

APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Mr. Jacobson moved to Approve the Agenda of May 4, 2009

Seconded by Ms. Thompson

Discussion
None

PASSED
YES – 6- Wilson, Jacobson, McCarthy, Thompson, Lindhag, Isaacson
NO – 0
Abstain – 0


APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Ms. Lindhag moved to Approve Minutes of April 20 2009

Seconded by Ms. Thompson


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Discussion
None

PASSED
YES – 6– Wilson, Jacobson, McCarthy, Thompson, Lindhag, Isaacson
NO – 0
Abstain – 0

Ms. Lindhag moved to Approve Minutes of April 28, 2009

Seconded by Mr. McCarthy

Discussion
None

PASSED
YES – 6– Wilson, Jacobson, McCarthy, Thompson, Lindhag, Isaacson
NO – 0
Abstain – 0


COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE MAYOR
Communication Highlights from the Mayor for April 21-May 4, 2009

Apr 21&22, Mayor Isaacson attended portions of the Community Sustainability work sessions at Ft.
Wainwright.
Apr 22 & 29, Mayor Isaacson read “Words of Wisdom” at NP Middle School.
Apr 23, Mayor Isaacson represented the City at the Day of Remembrance Ceremony at Ft.
Wainwright remembering the Holocaust victims; he then attended the 38th Annual Multiple District 49
Lions Convention and received the Helen Keller Sight Award on behalf of the City of North Pole; he
then attended the FNSB Assembly meeting where Ordinance 2009-18 to Add an Exemption to the
Hotel-Motel Room Tax for Operators Located in the City of North Pole, sponsored by Assembly
member Winters, was advanced to May 28, 2009 for public hearing, and the application for Restaurant
Designation Permit Transfer and Liquor License Transfer for Benny’s Grill was moved with no
objection. Next Assembly Meeting: May 7 where the majority of the discussion will be budget related
(Ordinance 2009-20).
Apr 24, Mayor Isaacson and Director of City Services Bill Butler met with local Flint Hills Refinery
leadership discussing current status of the refinery, waste water treatment, and projects that may
occur. Of primary interest may be that they will re-activate No. 3 burner for the summer but shut-it
down for next winter if demand, especially at Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage,
remains low.
Apr 26, Mayor Isaacson spoke on behalf of the City at the annual meeting of the Filipino-American
Society of Fairbanks.
Apr 28, The Council met in a Special Meeting to Present and Approve the Audit by Mikunda, Cottrell
and Co.
Apr 29, Approximately 80 senior citizens enjoyed the Mayor’s North Pole Senior Appreciation
Luncheon. The Mayor gratefully acknowledges the City Hostesses, Kathy Weber, CMC & HR, Tricia
Fogarty, Utilities Clerk, and Marilyn Zrucky, Payables Clerk for their cooking and decorating; Servers
included North Pole Fire Department Staff: Chief Buddy Lane, Deputy Chief Geoff Coon, Capt. Dave
Daniel, Engineer Zach Weber, Engineer Richard Hagan, Firefighter Chris Ling and Administrative

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Assistant Kalen Middleton, Assembly member Tammy Wilson, Susan Finsrud, Whit , Tim Sergeev,
and area pastors: Trent Ponsford, Church at North Pole, Rick Sikma, Freedom in Christ, Darryl
Carnley and Rob Schrekhise, North Pole Worship Center. That night the Council met again in a
Special Work Session to review the Draft North Pole Land Use Plan edited by the Business Advisory
Committee. The plan will be brought to the Council during the regular city council meeting of May
18.
May 1, Mayor Isaacson met with the other two mayors to discuss the Borough’s Pandemic Influenza
Response Plan. The plan becomes activated when global and local conditions require joint
governmental response. More meetings will be occurring the week of May 4 to further refine
protocols, response, and adequate supplies.
May 2, The Mayor and many other community members turned out in force to enjoy the North Pole
Rotaries Halibut Feed fundraiser for the Jack White Skateboard Park which also has basketball courts
and a BMX bike area. The Rotarians are hoping to raise at least $20,000 to pay the balance due for the
new basketball courts.

MEDIA:
Apr 21, Mayor Isaacson, Council member Victoria Thompson, and Derek & Desiree Nelson were on
KJNP TV4 “Closing Comments” promoting the Summer Festival and other North Pole activities.
Apr 25 & May 2, Mayor Isaacson was on KJNP Radio (1170 AM, 100.3 FM) 8 – 9 a.m. “Over the
Coffee Cup”

UPCOMING:
May 7, 10 am, Fairbanks International Airport New Passenger Terminal Dedication.
May 7, 11 am, FNSB Senior Recognition Luncheon at Carlson Center
May 7, 11:30 am: NPHS Business Partner Teacher Appreciation
May 7, 6 pm: FNSB Assembly meeting
May 9, ALL DAY: COMMUNITY CLEAN UP DAY, bags available at NPFD.
May 11, Ride Bike to Work Day.

There are many events coming up this month, most of which are highlighted in the May
Newsletter which will be available on-line. Please mark your calendars and attend the events as
possible. Most of the committees have regular meetings. If you would like to be actively involved,
please contact the City Clerk or the Mayor for times and locations and names of the Chairs. Thank
you. VISIT OUR WEB SITE! www.NorthPoleAlaska.com Please note: Staff meetings are held
usually at 10 am every Friday and are open to Council Members.


COUNCIL MEMBER QUESTIONS OF THE MAYOR

Ms. Thompson asked about the status of the Beautification Committee’s empty oil barrels
that they were going to get.

Mayor Isaacson said that the empty containers could have some toxins in them and that
could be a liability to the city.

Mr. Wilson moved to Suspend the Rules for 5 minutes at 7:20 p.m.

PASSED Unanimously

Mayor Isaacson brought the meeting back to order at 7:27 p.m.

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COMMUNICATIONS    FROM     DEPARTMENT                           HEADS,       BOROUGH
REPRESENTATIVE AND THE CITY CLERK

Police Dept
    None

Fire Dept
    Deputy Fire Chief Coon said they are graduating another Firefighter 1 class which
   includes North Star, University and North Pole students. Seventeen students are
   going to be graduating and unfortunately North Pole dropped out quite a few of their
   volunteers that were going to participate and now they are going to only graduate one.
    The City drill is May 16th. They will be doing a drill that will tax their resources
   and people. It will open up the EOC at City Hall and will field questions from the
   public. They will be using this incident as a training exercise as well as a drill.
    The NPFD EMS Open House will be May 23rd.
    The NPFD has had training in the Pandemic Planning program. There are no cases
   in Alaska, and as a borough, and community we are planning for it. They are meeting
   with the dispatch center on how they will be changing their protocol. Planning as a
   community will help off load the hospitals and clinics.

Mr. Jacobson asked if the NPFD was keeping track of the areas people wanted to clean
up on May 9th.

Mr. Coon stated they were and that they still had trash bags.

Director of City Services
    Mr. Butler said that there was a terrifying incident this past weekend where a small
   child fell into a drainage ditch off Parkway and had to be resuscitated. He informed
   council that there are a numerous amount of ditches that have a lot of water in them
   and they are designed to be catch mitts for water. Mr. Butler said that in Ford
   Subdivision there are ditches that have 5 ft of water standing in them. Mike Lewis,
   the Public Works Supervisor, said that when he drove around the city and went into
   Ford Subdivision, there was a small child with floaties on and there parents watching
   them swim in the ditch.
    Street cleaning began today and it should be done in the next few days.
    Mr. Butler gave a summary of the FMATS projects. NPHS Blvd/Homestead Rd
   will be completed before the start of school in August.
    St. Nicholas Pedestrian Facility is proposed to start in 2011 and the Bike Path
   Rehab and Pavement Rehab projects are proposed to start in 2010.
    Mr. Butler said there are seven ordinances before council tonight and he is hoping
   they will be passed, as funding is important for these shovel ready projects.
    The city is getting ready for bid release on the lift stations. They are 65% ready
   and they hope by next week to have a 95% document and that they will be able to put
   out to bid by the 3rd week in May.
    The DEC matching loan program has approximately $700,000 for the city. The
   word changes that permit the city to use the $2 million Baker/North Star funds are
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    changed to say water/sewer. Another source of money that is jointly administered by
    the USDA and DEC for $2.6 million have the same word change so the city could use
    it for water/sewer projects.

Mr. Jacobson asked if the bike path was included in the NPHS Blvd/Homestead Rd
project.

Mr. Butler said there is a separate bike path for that project. He commented that NPHS
Blvd would have speed tables instead of speed bumps.

Director of Economic Development
Mr. Otis handed out the breakdown of Christmas in Ice for 2008/2009 along with a
budget.

Borough Representative
    No Report

City Clerk
     Many thanks to the area Pastors, North Pole Fire Department personnel, Sue
    Finsrud and the Admin staff for helping with the Mayors Senior Spring Luncheon.
     Mrs. Weber will be gone from May 17th – 25th to the IIMC conference in Chicago.
     Mr. Merrifield is out of the office until May 11th.


ONGOING PROJECTS
None


CITIZENS COMMENTS – 5 Minutes
Tammy Wilson, 574 Canora, North Pole, AK
Ms. Wilson spoke on the city website and said that it needed to be updated. She also
commented on Peridot Rd. and stated that someone needed to take over the responsibility
of the road.

Mayor Isaacson said he has spoken with many people and Peridot Rd has been submitted
with an FMATS earmark request and is #3 in the priorities that went forward. He said it
is an important issue and right now it is an $8M project. He said he would not want to
take over maintenance, as it is not in the city.

Ms. Wilson said that North Star said they have offered to write a letter in support and
how much it would take off their emergency calls if they could use that road verses now
they go around because they do not trust that their vehicles can make it through.

Mr. Jacobson said that it is interesting that people are very concerned with taxation
without representation but this is just the opposite. These people want representation

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without taxation. They need to step up to the plate and decide what they want to do.
They want services but don’t want to pay for it.

Partnership in the Schools
Tressa Anderson, NPHS
Ms. Anderson said that this week is teacher appreciation week. The press has been
notified and some positive picketing will take place tomorrow with encouraging words
for our local teachers in appreciation for all they do. School business partners are doing
lunch for the teachers on Thursday afternoon.

Bonnie Woldstadt, 3732 Arapaho, North Pole, AK
Ms. Woldstadt thanked the council for the work sessions on the land use. She asked for
clarification on the NPHS Blvd and Homestead Rd. Ms. Woldstadt said that the webpage
needs to be worked on and wants the city to look into the University to keep the city
webpage up. The NPPD has already made use of it. She said this is a free resource. She
said the


OLD BUSINESS
ORDINANCE 09-05, AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 12, STREETS,
SIDEWALKS, AND PUBLIC PLACES
Mr. Butler updated and informed the council on the ordinance. There are processes that
individuals need to go through to access city water mains. This could affect the health
and safety of the city. He said he wanted to make sure that people knew that this would
be a misdemeanor for each infraction. Mr. Butler spoke about the liability this could
cause if someone tapped into the system. He said both ordinances are closely related.

Mr. Jacobson asked who would decide what the penalty would be.

Mr. Butler said it would depend on the situation and there would need to be some
assessment of the seriousness of the incident.

Mr. Jacobson urged Mr. Butler to come up with a policy so everyone could be on the
same page.

Public Comment
None

Mr. Jacobson moved to Approve Ordinance 09-05, An Ordinance Amending Title
12, Streets, Sidewalks, And Public Places

Seconded by Ms. Thompson

Discussion
None


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PASSED

YES- 6 Wilson, Jacobson, Thompson, McCarthy, Lindhag, Isaacson
NO – 0
Abstained – 0


ORDINANCE 09-06, A SUBSTITUTE ORDINANCE, AMENDING TITLE 13,
PUBLIC SERVICES
This ordinance was explained with 09-05.

Public Comment
None

Mr. Jacobson moved to Introduce Substitute Ordinance 09-06, Amending Title 13,
Public Services

Seconded by Ms. Thompson

Discussion
None

PASSED

YES- 6 Wilson, Jacobson, Thompson, McCarthy, Lindhag, Isaacson
NO – 0
Abstained – 0

Mr. Jacobson moved to Approved Substitute Ordinance 09-06, Amending Title 13,
Public Services

Seconded by Ms. Thompson

PASSED

YES- 6 Wilson, Jacobson, Thompson, McCarthy, Lindhag, Isaacson
NO – 0
Abstained – 0


NEW BUSINESS

ORDINANCE 09-07, AN EMERGENCY ORDINANCE AMENDING THE
EFFECTIVE DATE OF IMPLEMENTING TITLE 4.09, HOTEL-MOTEL ROOM
TAX TO AVOID FINANCIAL HARM TO NORTH POLE OPERATORS


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Mr. Isaacson explained the need for this ordinance. He as had discussions with borough
and talked with Laurinda Wilkes and Peggy in collections about what the city was
looking at doing. He said they are understanding that since Presiding Officer Nadine
Winters has moved to put the ordinance back in place. He said operators located within
the cities of the borough were exempted. He said a few years ago there was a change in
the borough ordinance and was an oversight and had exempted operators that were
located in the City of Fairbanks and not North Pole because they were the only ones with
an operator. He said the borough ordinance has been introduced and will be advanced to
May 28th. He said the North Pole operator is planning on opening up on May 15th and
that would mean that there would be a half of a month where there would be a double tax
or if we left it until May 18th it would mean that the operator would need to collect for 3
or 4 days a double tax for the hotel-motel bed tax. He said this could cause potential
harm to the operator. Mayor Isaacson said he is bringing this to the council as an
emergency ordinance that the council can pass today that would allow the operator to not
have to pay a double tax until the borough finished exempting the City of North Pole.

Public Comment
Ms. Wilson, 571 Canora, North Pole, AK
Ms. Wilson said she is not in favor of this ordinance, as it is not going to hurt the
business owner.

Mayor Isaacson said they would lose business.

Ms. Wilson said he is only assuming. She said most people do not pay attention and will
not even know what the City of Fairbanks is charging. She said if they decide not to pass
this emergency ordinance, they could have a special meeting and give people an
opportunity to look at it. She said that she did not feel this was a true emergency.

Mayor Isaacson said he talked with the operator himself and he felt that this would be
harmful to his operation and would involve many layers of their organization. He was
hoping that the operator would be at the meeting tonight.

Mr. Wilson asked how Ms. Wilson liked how the FNSB bed tax is divided.

Ms. Wilson said 65% of their Bed Tax goes to FCVB and 35% goes into operations and
can be used for other things. She said the council likes to have the bed tax going back
into the entities as that helps bring business to the community. She said that after the
tourist season, a lot of the hotels actually become rentals and if they are rented for a
month at a time they no longer pay bed tax.

Mr. McCarthy move to Approve Ordinance 09-07, An Emergency Ordinance
Amending The Effective Date Of Implementing Title 4.09, Hotel-Motel Room Tax
To Avoid Financial Harm To North Pole Operators

Seconded by Ms. Lindhag


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Ms. Lindhag said she did not know if the ordinance fell into the emergency category but
she felt that if the council did not pass the ordinance that it was not a very good way to
welcome our first operator to North Pole. She asked if the council could consider
introducing the ordinance and then talking with the operator about opening later if they
did not want the burdensome booking of 3 day of double taxing.

Mayor Isaacson said he had already asked the operator and informed them that it would
be much simpler. The operator said they already have bookings for May 15th which is
why he is pushing to make sure they can open.

Ms. Lindhag asked when the operator notified the mayor of the opening.

Mayor Isaacson said the operator confirmed with him last week. It was after the special
meeting of last week and after he spoke with Vince Merlot. He said even though the
council has known that there is an issue, they didn’t have a borough assembly date.

Ms. Lindhag said she didn’t want to start off with a bad taste in their mouth but at the
same time I wished that the operator would have given the city more notice so they
weren’t put in this position.

Mr. Jacobson said he is concerned about the emergency nature of this ordinance. He said
we introduced and approved the budget that was introduced to us with a bed tax. The
operators of this establishment have made various community presentations starting back
in December with the North Pole Rotary saying that they would be opening in mid May
and again at the North Pole Community Chamber of Commerce luncheon in February
and said they would be opening in mid May. He feels that there are other reasons why
this has not happened other than it’s becoming an emergency and not knowing that it’s
opening on May 15th. He said he would not support the emergency nature of this
ordinance which means it will not be passed tonight but would encourage the
administration to schedule a Special Meeting next week so the council can meet the
deadline.

Mr. Butler, the Director of City Services, spoke out and asked if the council would
consider rebating the tax collected as a viable mechanism for those 3 days.

Mayor Isaacson said there are some provisions under state law. He said he has gone
through a learning process and said there was something in state law that would not
enable the city or the operator to pay the tax on behalf of the tenant. He has modeled
what the city has passed largely after the borough’s ordinance with much discussion with
the borough at that time. He said this would be something that the council could look at
and amend it from an emergency ordinance into a standard ordinance and advance it to
May 18th.

Mr. Jacobson moved to Amend Ordinance 09-07, And Advance To A Special
Meeting On Monday, May 11, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.


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Seconded by Mr. Wilson

Discussion
None

PASSED

YES- 6 Wilson, Jacobson, Thompson, McCarthy, Lindhag, Isaacson
NO – 0
Abstained – 0


Mr. Jacobson moved to Amend Ordinance 09-07 To Delete The Word Emergency In
The Title Of The Ordinance And To Delete The Reference In The Header,
Emergency Ordinance

Seconded by Ms. Thompson

Discussion
Ms. Lindhag asked the mayor to encourage the operator to be present at the special
meeting on May 11, 2009.

On The Amendment

PASSED

YES- 6 Wilson, Jacobson, Thompson, McCarthy, Lindhag, Isaacson
NO – 0
Abstained – 0


ORDINANCE 09-08, AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE DISTRIBUTION OF
REVENUES FROM TITLE 4.09, HOTEL-MOTEL ROOM TAX.
Mr. Otis said that he wanted to bring to the council’s attention the ordinance that created
the North Pole Economic Development Corporation. He said under powers and duty it
says that the functions, duties and powers will be those permitted by the State of Alaska
pertaining to economic development. He said it also says under item B., Specific action
taken related to activities listed immediately below shall be subject to review and
approval by the mayor and/or city council as appropriate, acquisition of land, expenditure
of funds, apply for grants, contacts and other sources of funding.
Mr. Otis said there was concern during the Work Session about the organization and the
ties it has to the city and making sure that what the North Pole Economic Development
Corporation is reporting back to the City. He wanted to make everyone aware that there
are checks and balances; they need to submit a budget no later than February 15 th of
every year and also an expenditure of funds which need to be approved by council. He
said that Ms. Wilson talked about FCVB receiving 65% of the bed tax from the FNSB

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but he said many of the NPED duties thus far have been wearing many different hats, one
of which is marketing. He encouraged that the council consider the 50% going to the
NPED Corporation. He feels the Corporation has done a good job and been good
stewards of the money they have received and he intends to continue in that regard. Mr.
Otis said that is why he asked Ms. Lindhag to serve on the board as someone who is very
familiar with accounting and is part of the Finance and Audit Committee, he wants to
make sure that the Corporation is open and transparent and the expenditure of public
funds goes for the right purposes. He said the council had a copy of the income and
expenditures for Christmas in Ice. He said this is supposed to be a partnership of public
and private funds.

Mr. Wilson said it was the wording of “permanent” that hit him wrong. He feels this
should be reviewed by the council on a yearly basis on how the money is spent.

Mr. Otis said his understanding of the introduction of an ordinance or amending an
ordinance is that it takes two meetings and they can change the wording and how it’s
handled internally is up to the council.

Mr. Wilson said he is confused on how the board was chosen. He said the mayor picked
the board and the director at first but as soon as they become a 501C6 then that
automatically falls to the director, which is Mr. Otis, but leaves out the council

Mr. Otis said he shared that information with the mayor’s office.

Mr. Wilson said it concerns him that the Chief Director supervises and picks the board
but yet the board has the power to fire the Chief Director and then they would pick the
Chief Director.

Mr. Otis explained that the mayor and council has oversight of hiring and firing of staff.
He said again, this is a partnership and the way the board members are pick is, 1. are the
members of the corporation or do they intend to become members and 2. do they have an
interest. He said we’ve all served on boards were it’s a challenge to get people that are
interested in coming to the meetings and doing their homework and take the assignment
and take it seriously.

Mr. Jacobson said that in reading the ordinance it says that the initial executive director
shall be designated by the mayor and then subsequent to the incorporation as a 501C6,
that the board of directors shall hire the executive director from then on. Mr. Jacobson
said his understanding is that the new executive director would no longer be a City
employee but would receive all payroll functions through the 501C6.

Mr. Otis said that was correct and that he would no longer be a city employee as of May
14th. His intention is to serve as interim director and try and raise money like crazy until
the board elects a new executive director. The next director will be paid by the
corporation. He said the only way this will work is if everyone works together.


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Mr. Jacobson asked what new responsibility will the corporation will have in marketing
North Pole and does Mr. Otis see the Corporation taking over all of the marketing and
advertising..

Mr. Otis said that the Corporation would take over a lot of the advertising as they did ads
for three travel magazines as well as a new rack card. They purchased Photo Shop
software and Michelle Sikma has donated countless hours learning the program so she
could put the ads together. He said he would coordinate with the North Pole Community
Chamber of Commerce and what the expectations would be from each organization. He
said there was a void and he grabbed the ball and ran with it. They have put ads in
Where Alaska, Bare Foot and the Travel Guide.

Ms. Lindhag said there was concern from the public and the citizens about accountability
for funding. She said after going through the list of purchases, she found that Mr. Otis
did a wonderful job and she is very comfortable with how the expenses where handled.

Mr. Wilson said that this has made him feel very good but it needs to go to the public
because it’s the public that keeps calling him and asking what is going on with the North
Pole Economic Development Corp. He said the council needs to have something to tell
them.

Mr. Otis said he didn’t have any problem with that but he has been at every council
meeting and given a report and he thought that some of that sufficed for the written
report.

Mr. McCarthy said that if we get a better website that maybe they could put the ads on
the website.

Public Comment
Ms. Wilson, 571 Canora, North Pole, AK
Ms. Wilson said she keeps hearing the council going back and forth about private –
public-private-public. She stated that FEDCO gave the same presentation several years
ago to the borough, gave start up costs, and said in a couple of years they would be on
their feet, get the private industry behind us and they’ll be OK. She said $400,000 of the
budget that comes up on Thursday is going to FEDCO of the $600,000. This is money
that the borough is giving to the corporation that is supposed to be private not public.
Ms. Wilson stated that she is hearing the same discussion here at North Pole. She said
the reality is if they ever want to become private you will not have those kind of hands-on
things, and isn’t saying that it’s a good or bad idea but if they want hands-on they need to
realize that they will be paying for this every year, year after year and it will keep
growing. She said she wanted the council to know that they will be paying for this, year
after year. Bed tax goes back to the community. Ms. Wilson stated that there is still 32%
that is missing from the bed tax ordinance. The bed tax would be a good place to spend
on the North Pole Chamber of Commerce. She is worried with FCVB and the amount
they are going to be getting. She said everyone will have their hand out and council
needs to decide if this is a permanent or temporary thing. She is also concerned that there

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isn’t a percentage for FCVB as she is the liaison for the FNSB and they were very excited
to hear about North Pole getting a hotel and were wondering how much of the bed tax
they were going to get. Ms. Wilson reiterated again that the bed tax is for the people who
give it out.

Mayor Isaacson explained the ordinance for the City of North Pole and clarified some of
the information.

Tammy Randolph, 450 S Santa Claus Lane, 653 Blanket Blvd, North Pole, AK
Ms. Randolph said that when this first started it was supposed to be a stand alone
corporation within 18 months. She said a stand alone corporation funded by tax dollars is
not a stand alone corporation. She said there is no accountability of the $5,000
contribution in March 2009. She asked how is it supposed to be self supporting if it’s
taking 50% of the bed tax coming from North Pole. Ms. Randolph said that from what’s
she has seen from October 2008 which is only 6 months, the majority of it has been ice,
preparing of a 501C6 documents, which is not a non-profit, and the rest have been for
personal expenses to fund the corporation. She wondered how wholly funded, how stand
along is this corporation going to be. She said the council is not going to have any
control over this, this is someone who is going to appoint themselves to their own
corporation and make the decision with tax dollars. Ms. Randolph asked how this is in
the public interest to fund something like this when the point was made that it was going
to be self sufficient/self supporting in 18 months.

Mayor Isaacson said because it’s supposed to be a 501C3 or equivalent 501C6. The
council is appointing the initial board and then from there on it has accountability for
marketing and promotion and bringing in new business.

Ms. Randolph said the corporation hasn’t brought any new business to the City of North
Pole in the last 18 months. As a department it’s brought ice, some thoughts and plans for
the round a bouts, and the hotel was already coming. It hasn’t brought anything new to
the city. She said in the last 18 months it hasn’t done much to promote the City of North
Pole.

Mayor Isaacson said the North Pole Economic Development Corporation has done a lot
to promote North Pole but it’s primary task in the first 12 to 18 months was also to
become a stand alone entity. He said that “stand alone” doesn’t mean that we can’t
support it with any other funds because other “stand alone” entities like FEDCO and
FCVB also receive funds from governments that they benefit. The council wants to make
sure that the North Pole Economic Development Corporation has some kind of ties to the
city so we can get more business here. He said NPED Corp have been assisting the city
with the radius study that is required from some of the larger companies. He has had
discussions with Fred Meyers, Costco, Target and others, and they ask for demographics
or they say they don’t need demographics because they get it online. The North Pole
Economic Development Corp has looked at some of the sources of information that are
online and found that in some cases it’s really bad stuff. The Council authorized the
radius study through the budget and North Pole Economic Development Corp has been

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working on that and it is hard to put a hook in and say they brought the business in.
Mayor Isaacson said that when you look at Christmas in Ice, the past two years it has
brought in thousands of people and even more on the web. It has also brought the Travel
Channel, Discovery Channel, the Food Channel and bringing a lot of attention to North
Pole. He said the more positive attention the city gets the more we get on the radar of
these companies that could locate here and that’s what we’re aiming for.

Ms. Randolph said she doesn’t disagree with any of that but does disagree with the
comment in the ordinance that talks about it being permanent.

Mayor Isaacson said that part of the issue is boiler plate language for the City of North
Pole. Anytime the City of North Pole makes an Ordinance, this is the language that they
use. Anytime the council makes an ordinance is can be amended or changed and they
often do that. If they find that this entity isn’t doing it’s role but another one is, then the
council can come forward and change it.

Bonnie Woldstadt, 3732 Arapaho, North Pole, AK
Ms. Woldstadt said that as someone who has been involved with Christmas In Ice, as a
business they do not see a business gain for their activity involved with that but as a
community there is a gain. She is concerned with some of the projections. You’re
proposing budgets on percentages that you don’t truly know. She was not aware with the
hotels on the tenant laws that kick in after the tourist season. The way the hotel is
structured there will be a lot of tenant sue. She said the tax base the council is hoping to
get may or may not be realized. She cautioned about developing these budgets on these
percentages that may be a percentage of a small number.

Mr. Wilson said that since the bed tax is to improve the district do you think the council
could designate the 32% to take parts of the bed tax for tourism.

Mr. Jacobson moved to Approve Ordinance 09-08, An Ordinance Amending The
Distribution Of Revenues From Title 4.09, Hotel-Motel Room Tax

Seconded by Mr. McCarthy

Discussion

Mr. Jacobson moved to Amend Ordinance 09-08 by deleting in Section C. the words,
“as a permanent” and amend item b, under Section C, North Pole Community
Visitor Information Center from 10% to 20%, add item d., FCVB 8%, add item e.,
Remaining undesignated bed tax revenues shall be allocated at the discretion of the
City Council, and add a new paragraph, [All entities receiving bed tax revenues shall
provide annual reports to the City Council and YTD reports and proposed annual
budgets to the City Council prior to the adoption of the city budget].

Seconded by Mr. Wilson


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Mr. Jacobson said some of the concerns expressed were the permanent nature of the
ordinance and that by taking out that language it gives the impression that this is subject
to change based on conditions that change in the market or the performance of these
organizations. He said that since the Chamber of Commerce is going to be an active role
and by doubling the amount given to them, it will give them the opportunity to step up to
the plate and be that part of the three legged stool in economic development in the
community. He said that the city has been very graciously represented by the FCVB
even though the city does not financially contribute to their publication budget even
though the city is included in the visitor’s guide. The FCVB has done a lot over the years
to include specific language about North Pole in their visitor’s guide and have reached
out to the city in many ways. He said it will be interesting to see what the bed tax will be
in the next 6 months. He hopes these organizations will understand that.

On the Amendment

PASSED

YES- 6 Wilson, Thompson, McCarthy, Jacobson, Lindhag, Isaacson
NO – 0
Abstained – 0

On the main motion as amended

Discussion
None

PASSED

YES- 6 Wilson, Thompson, McCarthy, Jacobson, Lindhag, Isaacson
NO – 0
Abstained – 0


RESOLUTION 09-11, A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE BOARD OF
DIRECTORS OF THE NORTH POLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
CORPORATION AND TRANSFERRING ASSETS AND UNEXPENDED NORTH
POLE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDS


Public Comment
Bonnie Woldstadt, 3732 Arapaho, North Pole, AK
Ms. Woldstadt asked how putting a list of the directors in the resolution how would you
change members.

Mayor Isaacson said that the list in the Resolution is just to satisfy the code requirement
that says the initial board has to be ratified by the council.

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Ms. Lindhag moved to Approve Resolution 09-11, A Resolution Approving The
Board Of Directors Of The North Pole Economic Development Corporation And
And Transferring Assets And Unexpended North Pole Department Of Economic
Development Funds

Seconded by Ms. Thompson

Discussion
None

Mr. Jacobson moved to Amend Resolution 09-11 under item A., Board of Directors,
to delete Howard “Buzz” Otis, Melissa Conatser, and Mark Reishke and add Bob
Schefchek and to change item D. This resolution shall be effective at 5:00 p.m. on
May 15, 2009 to read May 19, 2009, so it is enacted after the ordinance that
establishes the transfer of assets.

Seconded by Ms. Thompson

Discussion
Mr. Wilson asked if Michelle Sikma was an employee of the North Pole Economic Corp.

Mr. Otis stated that she was a consultant and that the vast majority of her involvement
was volunteer.

PASSED

YES- 6 Wilson, Thompson, McCarthy, Jacobson, Lindhag, Isaacson
NO – 0
Abstained – 0

On the main motion as amended

Discussion
None

PASSED

YES- 6 Wilson, Thompson, McCarthy, Jacobson, Lindhag, Isaacson
NO – 0
Abstained – 0




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RESOLUTION 09-12, A RESOLUTION GRANTING MAYOR DOUGLAS W.
ISAACSON AUTHORITY TO ENTER INTO A LOAN AGREEMENT WITH
THE ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION FOR
SEWER LIFT STATION REHABILITATION PROJECT NOT TO EXCEED
$2,500,000

 RESOLUTION 09-13, A RESOLUTION GRANTING MAYOR DOUGLAS W.
 ISAACSON AUTHORITY TO ENTER INTO A LOAN AGREEMENT WITH
 THE ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
 FOR THE PURCHASE OF A JET-VAC TRUCK NOT TO EXCEED $350,000.

  RESOLUTION 09-14, A RESOLUTION GRANTING MAYOR DOUGLAS W.
 ISAACSON AUTHORITY TO ENTER INTO A LOAN AGREEMENT WITH
 THE ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
 FOR THE WASTE WATER LAGOON SLUDGE REMOVAL AND
 ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT NOT TO EXCEED $500,000.

 RESOLUTION 09-15, A RESOLUTION GRANTING MAYOR DOUGLAS W.
 ISAACSON AUTHORITY TO ENTER INTO A LOAN AGREEMENT WITH
 THE ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
 FOR A WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANT ENGINEERING AND DESIGN
 STUDY NOT TO EXCEED $500,000.

 RESOLUTION 09-16, A RESOLUTION GRANTING MAYOR DOUGLAS W.
 ISAACSON AUTHORITY TO ENTER INTO A LOAN AGREEMENT WITH
 THE ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
 FOR A WATER TREATMENT PLANT ENGINEERING AND DESIGN STUDY
 NOT TO EXCEED $500,000.

 RESOLUTION 09-17, A RESOLUTION GRANTING MAYOR DOUGLAS W.
 ISAACSON AUTHORITY TO ENTER INTO A LOAN AGREEMENT WITH
 THE ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
 FOR A WATER UTILITY SECURITY SYSTEM NOT TO EXCEED $150,000.

RESOLUTION 09-18, A RESOLUTION GRANTING MAYOR DOUGLAS W.
ISAACSON AUTHORITY TO ENTER INTO A LOAN AGREEMENT WITH
THE ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION FOR
A UTILITY GARAGE AND SHOP NOT TO EXCEED $1,000,000

Mr. Butler stated that there were 7 Resolutions before council tonight and that this was
part of the process for the DEC loan application. He said this is just one piece of the
projects we may potentially be eligible for from DEC. There needs to be a resolution by
the council authorizing an individual to accept the money on behalf of the city. He said
this is taken from a model resolution prepared by DEC and he tweaked the wording to
adapt it to North Pole. The projects that scored in the DEC awards are the lift station, Jet-
Vac truck, Sludge Removal, Wastewater Treatment Plant study, Water Treatment Plant

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study, Security System for Utilities, and for the Utility Garage. There is no potential that
the city would receive funding for all these projects as the cap on funding to any
municipality has been set at $2 million and may go as high as $2.5 million. The city
needs to be ready to jump on any loans they potentially may receive by having all their
paperwork in line. The city can also move to the front of the line if monies are awarded
to another municipality and they can not accept those funds. If the City of North Pole
paperwork is at the top of the pile they will be the first considered. Mr. Butler did make
sure and put in the reference that no money would be accepted other than following what
is in the North Pole Charter. He said he has followed the code and that the city can not
take on debt without a vote of the people.

Public Comment
None

Mr. Jacobson moved to Approve By Unanimous Consent Resolutions 09-12 through
09-18.

Seconded by Mr. Wilson

Discussion
None

PASSED

YES- 6 Wilson, Thompson, McCarthy, Jacobson, Lindhag, Isaacson
NO – 0
Abstained – 0

Executive Session:
Mr. Wilson moved to adjourn into executive session to discuss personnel issues at
9:36 p.m.

Seconded by Mr. Jacobson

Mayor Isaacson called the meeting back to order at 9:59 p.m.


ADJOURNMENT
Mr. Jacobson moved to adjourn the meeting of May 4, 2009

Seconded by Mr. Wilson

No Objection

The regular meeting of May 4, 2009 adjourned at 10:00 p.m.


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These minutes passed and approved by a duly constituted quorum of the North Pole
City Council on May 18, 2009.


                                        ____________________________________
                                        DOUGLAS W. ISAACSON, Mayor

ATTEST:

                                        ____________________________________
                                        KATHRYN M. WEBER, CMC, City Clerk




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