News briefs November 23 2011
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District 12 Representative Eric Feige spoke with council member Karen Ables Monday night after the Chickaloon resident made a surprise visit to the meeting of the Valdez City Council. Feige shook hands with attendees and sat through the meeting as a member of the public, making no comments.
City business registration changes
The Valdez City Council waived its customary $5 business registration fee for 2012 during its regular meeting Monday night. However, the council did pass an ordinance change that will require registrants to present current state issued occupational licenses – such as those issued to construction contractors – along with a current state business license in order register a business in Valdez. Before the change, business owners were only required to produce a current state business license. Lisa Von Bargen, the city’s director of economic development, said the ordinance change should have no significant impact to business, as the department already required proof of state occupational licenses from business registrants. The ordinance change merely made it formal. Council member Joe Prax had argued against the change.
Energy Assistance for Valdez
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Businesses in Valdez must show proof of a current state business license before receiving a new or a renewal of an existing business registration from the City of Valdez. A new ordinance passed by city hall now requires showing current occupational licenses from the state as well.
The city’s energy assistance program – which equates to $550 payments for every qualifying household in Valdez – has signed up 690 households for 2012 since it opened to registration earlier this month. The program does not have income requirements, all residential households that pay fuel or electricity bills are eligible. A simple form must be filled out at city hall, and current ID with a current utility or fuel bill with a Valdez address must be submitted. Only one credit per household. The program is open for registration during regular business hours at city hall. There will be after hours registrations on December 6 and then on December 20 according to city manager John Hozey. A city staff member will be on hand to assist applicants until 7:30 p.m. on those dates. The program closes for registration at the end of December.
McCarthy gets Microwave
Copper Valley Telecom announced that its McCarthy Microwave project was complete. The project expands the communication options along McCarthy Road, as well as in McCarthy and Kennecott according to a press release. According to CVT, the project will bring area customers access to “faster Internet speeds, improved call quality, and increased phone and Internet reliability.”