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Seward’s Weekly Roundup

After a long holiday weekend, Seward is getting back to business — starting with tonight’s city council meeting at 7 p.m.

A resolution to approve a grant agreement between the city and the state to improve the Jesse Lee Home and construct a memorial is on the agenda.

The council will also be asked to accept a a second grant for a 725,000 Alaska Energy Authority Grant to design and construct a ground source heat pump. The pump would be capable of heating four city buildings, with the potential for expansion. The resolution would also authorize a $157,497 match from the city.

Interim City Manager Jeff Bridges is also looking for authorization to hire term employees who decline health and/or retirement benefits to the Seward Police Department at a higher hourly rate. By using the benefit savings to increase wages, the resolution aims to attract qualified employees.

Besides new business and resolutions, Mayor David Squires will report on his recent White House tour in Washington D.C. as well as his trip to Alaska Municipal League with Council Members Sharyl Seese and John Osenga. There will also be a Planning and Zoning Commission Quarterly Report.

The agenda is available online ahead of the meeting.

Outside of council chambers, the Seward Community Foundation will be celebrating Giving Tuesday, a global giving movement, on Nov. 27.

In a partnership with Zudy’s Cafe, for each coffee purchased on Tuesday a matching donation will be made to the foundation’s charitable fund, which aims to benefit community nonprofits in the community for generations to come.

In the evening of Nov. 27, the Seward Community for Youth Initiative will hold their kick-off meeting and potluck at the Seward Community Library from 6 to 8 p.m. The group, formed following this year’s Seward Strong Planning Day, is in the beginning stages of creating a cultural shift in Seward towards focusing on the community’s youth. All are welcome to attend.

By the end of the week, Seward will be in full holiday mode with the Seward Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair.

On Friday, Nov. 30 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the cruise ship terminal will be filled with over 80 vendors of local goods, perfect for the holiday season. There will also be a food court, live music and photos with Santa from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday and 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

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