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City of Valdez Expenditures
 
CITY COUNCIL TO REVIEW BUDGET
6.1 NEW FULL TIME EMPLOYEES ADDED

The total proposed budget for the City of Valdez is 89.1 million for 2016. Of that the base City Operating Budget is 30.5 million, up 2.8 percent from the 2015 budget. In addition to this, the City will be funding a Valdez Housing and Improvement Authority (VHIA). The increase in funding does not include a cost of living increase for employees that is expected to be voted on by Council. The budget proposes the City add 4.1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees to handle "current workload". It requests an additional 1.0 FTE for long-range planning and another FTE for the Valdez Housing and Improvement Authority.
 
2015
8.7 Million Payroll (Salaries, Wages, Overtime)
4.9 Employee Benefits
 
2016
9.8 Million Payroll (Salaries, Wages, Overtime
6.1 Employee Benefits
 
See the proposed budget HERE.
 
CITY BUDGET OUTLINES INCREASED 2017 BED TAX
The recently released City of Valdez Budget recommends a 2 percent increase in bed tax for 2018, from 6 percent to 8 percent. Additionally, the budget recommendation is to add a $1 per night RV/Camping space fee. The Valdez Convention & Visitors Bureau has received $488,782 in funding from the City of Valdez (largely bed tax) in 2015.
 
STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS END LENGTHY LEGAL BATTLE OVER EXXON VALDEZ OIL SPILL
AK Dispatch- The U.S. Department of Justice and the state of Alaska are closing the books on the 26-year legal battle over the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
READ MORE HERE
 
OFFICE OF VETERANS AFFAIRS RELEASES ALASKA VETERANS NEEDS ASSESSMENT REPORT
The Department of Military & Veterans Affairs announced the completion of the Alaska Veterans Needs Assessment, which details issues important to our state’s veterans.  The findings were far ranging and reflected the various age groups and needs of Alaska’s veterans including health care, disability compensation, home loans, and education/training.
Read the entire report HERE
 
NEW WEBSITE FOR REPORTING ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS ON ALASKA’S COASTS
UAF- Scientists and government agencies would like to hear about what Alaskans see along the coastlines, such as dead animals or an odd color in the water. Visit the new website HERE
 
 2015 WOMEN OF DISTINCTION NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

AVV announces nominees for this year's Woman of Distinction awards.  The winners will be announced at the 8th Annual Women of Distinction Celebration on Sat. Nov 14th.
 
2015 Young Woman of Distinction
Kate Farmer
Mikayla Morrison
Riley McNelly
 
2015 Woman of Distinction
Wendy Goldstein
Debbie McCann
Vernell Sodergren
Mary Helen Stephens
Cindy Rymer
Leslie Bauman
Kay Houghton

SCHOOL PICTURE RETAKES

Oct 21st – for HHES
Oct 22nd- GMS & VHS

LIEUTENANT BART HINKLE IS APPOINTED INTERIM VALDEZ POLICE CHIEF
Interim City Manager Bob Jean appointed Lieutenant Bart Hinkle as Interim Valdez Police Chief.  Lieutenant Hinkle will assume his new role on November 1, 2015 following the departure of current Police Chief Bill Comer.
 
  CVEA RURALITE COVER PHOTO CONTEST

CVEA is accepting entries for the Ruralite Cover Photo Contest.  The deadline is 5 pm Thursday, Oct. 29th.  Winners receive $100 per winning photo and will be announced to the local media.  Photographers must receive service from CVEA and all photos must be from within the CVEA service area.  For official rules, check out Ruralite Magazine, call the office or visit Facebook or www.CVEA.org.

WELCOME TO THE WORLD BABY ROWEN

Priscilla Perdomo and Steve Malarney welcomed Rowen Quinn Malarney to the world on Oct. 15.  She weighed 8lb, 4oz and was 19″ long.

VHS VOLLEYBALL

The Valdez High School Volleyball team had another dominating weekend at the 11th Annual Delta Invitational Volleyball Tournament, a round robin tournament consisting of eight teams from around the state. On the final day of competition, the Lady Bucs won the championship game against the 4A North Pole Patriots. Mesa Rohrer and Zoe Langseth of Valdez were both voted All – Tournament winners. The VHS JV volleyball team took 2nd place in the Kenny Lake Volleyball Classic with a great performance over their weekend of games.

VALDEZ WRESTLING INVITE

The annual VHS “Throw Down In Snow Town” wrestling tournament is scheduled for this Friday, October 23rd thru Saturday, October 24th. Valdez will be hosting 6 teams and over 150 students from around the state in an intense 2 day tournament. The VHS wrestling team, coached by Paul Childs, is smaller than Valdez is accustomed to seeing, but still contains a group of dedicated and hardworking kids, including VHS Senior Cody Greene. The tournament will be held at VHS gym Friday from 1pm - 8pm and Saturday from 9am until the awards ceremony in the afternoon.  The invite is formatted into an 8 man and 16 man bracket where 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals will be awarded for each weight class. Trophies will be given to the top two performing teams and one student will receive the Outstanding Wrestler award.
 
CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015
in City Council Chambers
Work Session – 5:30pm
Regular Meeting – 7:00pm
 
Items will include:
1.  Approval of City Manager Employment Agreement with Dennis Ragsdale
 2. Appointment to Planning & Zoning Commission
3. City Land Lease Environmental Pollution Insurance Requirements Discussion
CLICK HERE for full agenda
CLICK HERE to read meeting packet
 
All City Council meetings meetings are held in City Council Chambers, broadcast live on 1230AM KVAK and streamed LIVE on www.kvakradio.com

 
VALDEZ POLICE AND FIRE REPORT
CLICK HERE
to see the latest Valdez Police and Fire Report.
10/19 – 10/25
How old is too old for trick-or-treating?
-Middle school
-High school
-Never too old
 
CLICK HERE to answer the Question of the Week.

RESULTS FROM LAST WEEK’S QotW
Emergency Preparedness is a hot topic right now.  How much is too much for home emergency preparedness?
 
0% - 3 days
7% - 7 days
14% - 2 weeks
22% - 1 month
57% - Never enough
10/19 – Kerra Apolo, Katherine Walters, Luke Liesch, William Barr, Brian Brown
10/20 – Theresa McCain
10/21 – Joyce Peterson, Lewis Witt
10/22 – Kathy Hayden, Alex Chavez, Sheri Griffith, Jenni Smith
10/23 - Aaron Rasmussen, Katey Connell, Jenni Smith, Cecilia Sanchez-May
10/24 – Jeff Popenhagen, Barbara Kerr, Ruth Wisener, Jeffrey Crist, Tom Gallatin, Joanie Olson, Barbara Kerr, Bill Taylor
10/25 – Yvonne Crume, Tammy Gittins, Chris Bennett, Marianne Chronley
 

VALDEZ ANNUAL FLU SHOT CLINIC
Thursday, October 22nd from 6pm-9pm
at Hermon Hutchens Elementary School
*Enter through the N Parking Lot Entrance*
Free flu shots are available for everyone.
Children must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

BUSINESS TRICK OR TREATING THURSDAY OCT 29TH

The Valdez Star is organizing the local business trick or treating event again this year. Trick or Treating will be 3:30pm to 5pm at participating businesses. CVEA, KVAK and other local businesses will be participating in the Thursday event. Check out the Valdez Star next week for locations.

VALDEZ VETERINARY CLINIC IS HIRING A RECEPTIONIST

This is a part-time position (week on/week off). Applications are available at the Valdez Veterinary Clinic at 321 Egan Drive. 
Deadline is Thursday, Nov 5th.

VCVB ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR THREE OPEN BOARD OF DIRECTORS SEATS

The Valdez Convention & Visitors Bureau is accepting nominations to fill their Board of Directors positions.  To be considered, you must be a VCVB Member and a resident of Valdez, AK.
The application deadline is November 3rd.   For application and more information, CLICK HERE.

BOOK BASKET DONATIONS BEING ACCEPTED

The Valdez Consortium Library is hosting the 16th Annual Book Basket Auction Saturday, November 7th and they are looking for donations of baskets to auction. Baskets are to be developed around a theme (fishing, gardening, travel, etc.) and should contain at least one new book and other items related to theme. Baskets may be dropped off at the library no later than 8pm Thursday, November 5th. Proceeds will be used to enhance the library’s collection. For more information, call the library at 835-4632.

Mark Your Calendars

(Wed-Thurs) Oct 21-22 – School Picture Retakes
(Thurs) Oct 22 – Annual Valdez Flu Shot Clinic
(Fri-Sat) Oct 23-24 – VHS Volleyball vs Eielson
(Fri-Sat) Oct 23-24 – GMS Basketball Cordova Tournament
(Fri-Sat) Oct 23-24 – VHS Wrestling Valdez Invite
(Fri-Sat) Oct 23-24 – Parks & Rec Haunted House
(Sun) Oct 25 – Valdez Library Children’s Halloween Party
Oct. 27, 28, 29 – Valdez City Budget Sessions
Oct. 29 – Business Trick or Treating
Oct 30 – VCS- In-service/No School
Oct 30 – 31 – VHS Volleyball vs Glennallen/Kenny Lake (Senior Night) at Home
Oct 30-31 – GMS Basketball vs Anchorage Christian and Grace Christian/Anchorage
Oct 30-31 – VHS Swimming at Home
Oct 30-31 – VHS Wrestling- King of the Mountain in Seward
Oct 30-31 – Parks & Rec Haunted House
Oct 31 – Parks & Rec Halloween Carnival
Nov 6 – VCS- In-service/No School
Nov 6-7 – GMS Basketball Valdez Invite
Nov 6-7 – VHS Volleyball/Regions at Home
Nov 6-7 – VHS Swimming- State/Bartlett
Nov 6-7 – VHS Wrestling ACS Tournament
Nov 12-14 – VHS Volleyball/State at UAA
Nov 13 – VCS- In-service/No School
Nov 13-14 – GMS Basketball Valdez Invite- Monroe, Delta, Cordova, Teeland, Valdez, Glennallen
Nov 14 – AVV Women of Distinction Celebration
Nov 20-21 – VHS Wrestling/Lancer Smith Memorial at Palmer
Nov 21 – VHS Cross Country Skiing- Flint Hill Races/Fairbanks
Nov 26 – Turkey Trot
Nov 26-27 – VCS Thanksgiving Holiday/No School
Dec 4-5 – VHS Cross Country Skiing- MatSu Invite
Dec 11-12 VHS Cross Country Skiing- Lynx Loppet at Kincaid Park
Dec 11-12 – VHS Wrestling/Regions at Home
Dec 18-19 – VHS Wrestling/State at Chugiak
Dec 19 – Ugly Sweater Walk, Run or Ski

VALDEZ FOOD BANK HOURS

The food bank is open Thursdays from 4:00-6:00pm.  It is located at 278 Richardson Highway next to the animal shelter.   For a limited time, we have fresh fruit, vegetables, bread and desserts.
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