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By Wolfgang Kurtz
LOG Editor 

Three vie for council


Wolfgang Kurtz | The Seward Phoenix LOG

Seward City Council at their Jan. 24 regular meeting with flowers at the seat vacated upon councilwoman and former mayor Vanta Shafer's death.

Three applications were tendered for a vacant Seward City Council seat by the noon Feb. 18 deadline. An appointee for the seat, vacated upon the death of longtime councilwoman Vanta Shafer, will serve until the October 2014 regular election. Deborah Altermatt, Iris Darling and Sandie Roach submitted applications for consideration by council at the upcoming Feb. 24 meeting. Two of the women, Altermatt and Roach, are currently serving on other city boards and the selection of either would open a vacancy elsewhere. The council may also opt to reopen a window for applications, fill the seat at a later date or select someone other than the applicants.

Sandie Roach, who works with the Kenai Peninsula School District, is currently serving as chair of the city's Planning and Zoning Commission. The commission currently has four vacancies including two seats up for appointment which have been re-applied for by incumbents Cindy Ecklund and Martha Fleming. Another two applications have been received by the City Clerk's office from Janet Coulter and Christopher William Edgar. Coulter is a relative of the newest addition to the commission, Wendy Shaffer, and Edgar is employed locally in the construction trades.

Deborah Altermatt is chair of the Port and Commerce Advisory Board and operates Sailing Inc., a local sailing boat sales and service business. She also serves as president of the Seward Chamber of Commerce board.

With her husband Hugh, Iris Darling is the longtime owner of Brown & Hawkins, which closed its doors in October after over 100 years of operation. Iris has served on the city's Historical Preservation Committee and the Seward Chamber of Commerce board.

A special public hearing will also be conducted at the Feb. 24 regular council meeting regarding the purchase by the city of a quarter acre lot adjoining the lagoon between the Seward Highway and Chamberlain Road. The property, owned by Jim McCracken, is appraised by the Kenai Peninsula Borough at $77,300 which is the purchase price. The city, which already owns five vacant residential lots around the lagoon as well as the lagoon property itself, is moving to acquire the empty lot for flood mitigation.


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