May 2, 2012 | Vol. 24 Edition 18

News briefs

RCAC board meeting begins

Valdez Star photo
The Wellness Center for Prince William Sound Community College completed its planned move Saturday and is open for business at its temporary digs at the old Rexall building on Fairbanks St. Coastie Blake Hirstius took advantage of the facility’s exercise equipment Monday.

The Prince William Sound Regional Citizen’s Advisory Council will open its annual board meeting in Valdez this Thursday and Friday according to Stan Jones, director of external affairs. The meetings are open to the public and a complete agenda is available on the group’s website. In a written statement, Jones said the tentative times for the public sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Friday at the Valdez Civic Center Public comments are scheduled to be taken Thursday starting at 8:55 a.m.

City appeals state’s population estimate

The Valdez City Council met for a special meeting April 25 to approve a resolution stating that the city’s population of permanent residents is 4,353 people. The resolution was approved because city administrator’s plan to appeal the state’s population estimate it is using from the 2010 Federal census, which said Valdez has a population of 3,976 people. The number of permanent residents is pertinent to city officials because state revenue sharing and other financial considerations are often determined by the number of people that live in a municipality.

Work on Port Promotion begins

City officials have begun work on a city council approved program to promote Valdez as the only port of choice to export natural gas. Mayor Dave Cobb said a tentative September symposium between producers, customers, politicians and financial experts is in the works for the second week of September, though firm dates and attendees has not yet been set.

“Right now the key thing is to get the symposium going,” Cobb said Monday afternoon, though other enticements such as breaks on property taxes for existing and future energy-based properties in Valdez could prove to be an invaluable tool.

“We can offer – we think – a financial package based solely on what we have here,” Cobb said, though details of any such plan have not been forthcoming as of yet. More details on promoting Valdez as an LNG port will be coming out piecemeal and developments and opportunities allow.

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