Minutes of the Work Session

Denali Borough Assembly

Anderson School

November 19, 2003



CALL TO ORDER    Presiding Officer Jim Caswell called the work session to order at 6:30 pm. Mr. Caswell turned the Work Session and Public Hearing over to the Deputy Presiding Officer, Gerald Pollock.


ROLL CALL               Assembly members present were: Jim Caswell, Sid Michaels, Bob Shelton, Dave Evans, Gerald Pollock, Baxter Mercer, Cynthia Trytko, and Teresa Hall.  Mayor Talerico was also in attendance. 


1.)  Ordinance 03-18, an ordinance amending the Denali Borough budget for fiscal year 2004.


Mayor TALERICO explained the budgetary changes such as an adjustment to staff wages and equipment needs for the office. MICHAELS noted that the amended budget is actually $38,770.00 less than the original budget.   


2.)     Mayor’s Annual Work Plan.


Mayor TALERICO explained a change in the plan that would accommodate the influx of employees coming in February to Anderson because of the Air National Guard and the Borough being willing to work with the City of Anderson with disposal of Municipal property.


3.) Ordinance 03-03, Version C, an ordinance amending the Denali Borough Code of Ordinances, Chapter 21, pertaining to severance tax.


EVANS would like the ordinance to be adopted tonight. CASWELL asked about the penalty amount and it was stated that it should not exceed $10,000.


4.)  Ordinance 03-08, Version C, an ordinance amending the Denali Borough Code of Ordinances, Title IV, Chapter 24, titled Management of Borough Real Property.


Neal LAUGMAN spoke to the issue and explained that he added the changes that the Borough attorney suggested.


LAUGMAN asked that they amend by substitution Version D during the regular meeting.


5.)   Ordinance 03-12, Version A, an ordinance amending the Code by addition of Title 5, Chapter 36, titled a Code of Ethics for the Denali Borough Mayor, Assembly and Borough employees.


HALL stated that she would speak about all of the following ethics ordinances as a package.


                                    HALL reminded the Assembly the establishment of an Ethics Commission was defeated at the last meeting. She commented on the fact that each of the ordinances relating to ethics are a package. The appendix forms are a priority.


                                    HALL spoke about the Assembly acting as the Commission does a disservice to the community because the Assembly should not be the judge and jury. The constituents should preside on the Commission.


                                    CASWELL stated that the Ethics Commission ordinance was conceived from goof ball complaints.

HALL stated that this is not a knee jerk reaction and that the ordinances are needed and had they been in place earlier, it may have solved some early problems.

                                    6.)  Ordinance 03-14, Version A, an ordinance amending the Code by the addition of Title 5, Chapter 38, creating the Denali Borough Ethics Commission Policies and Procedures.



                                    7.)  Ordinance 03-15, Version A, an ordinance amending the Code, Appendix of Forms P, Q, R, S, T, U, and V, pertaining the Code of Ethics.


                                    8.)  Ordinance 02-06, Version A, an ordinance providing for an ethics commission and providing for disposal of alleged violations.


                                    9.)  Ordinance 03-17, an ordinance establishing land use regulations to conform to requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program and providing for an effective date.


                                    MICHAELS spoke about this ordinance going to Healy prior to deciding what to do with it because then it would have gone to all communities.  


HALL concurred.


                                    Mayor TALERICO agreed and stated that he would recommend that this item get postponed indefinitely since it seems the constituents have spoken against it.


                                    HALL suggested that instead of postponing indefinitely that it should be voted on.


ADJOURNMENT      POLLOCK declared the work session adjourned at 6:50 pm.





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