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Mayor to Meet with Boards & Commissions

Mayor Koplin will meet with chair persons of city boards and commissions for an informal briefing on what each board or commission is working on.

This briefing will take place Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 12:00 noon in community room B, Cordova Center.

A quorum of the City Council and or other boards or commissions may be present.  However, no decisions regarding city business will be made.

Questions: Call the City Clerk’s office at 424-6248 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Notice of Public Sale: February 2018 Police Miscellaneous Auction

Place bid form and check for deposit (10% of bid) in a standard letter envelope and write ‘February 2018 Police Miscellaneous Auction’ on the front and seal it. No minimums set; please consider fair market value. Sealed bids due at the front desk of City Hall by 9:00 am on Friday February 9, 2018. Bids will be opened at 10:00 a.m. on Friday February 9, 2018 in the office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 601 First Street, Cordova, AK.  Successful bidders will be required to pay the balance of their bid at the Police Department, 602 Railroad Avenue, Cordova, AK and pick up their paperwork no later than Monday February 12, 2018 at 3:00 pm and to collect/remove their purchase(s) from city property no later than Wednesday February 14, 2018. All items being auctioned are sold as-is, where-is.  Contact Natalie Webb at 907-424-6100 for additional information. Successful bidders on any weapon must pass a background check prior to picking up the weapon.  Successful bidders who intend to recycle their purchased vehicles will be eligible for a voucher for free disposal of the properly prepared vehicle at the City Landfill.  Property Prepared Vehicle means a vehicle that has ALL fluids drained and the batteries removed. 

CEC Installs Free Car Charging Stations

Cordova, AK – The City of Cordova and Cordova Electric Cooperative (CEC) stepped closer to becoming a more renewable, self-sustaining community by installing 4 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the city center on December 21st. The lower price of locally produced electricity supports Cordova’s economic self-sufficiency; the strategic goal of the City of Cordova. Selling more hydroelectricity helps increase renewable power production to 90% of energy sales by 2025; the strategic goal of Cordova Electric Cooperative. “Our dream is for Cordova to be 100% renewable and EV’s will play an important role in that,” said Clay Koplin, CEO of Cordova Electric. “EV’s can become a storage element of our Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium (GMLC) smart grid development work, in partnership with the Department of Energy and other national labs, by sinking excess hydro to vehicle batteries for later use, which results in our community becoming cleaner and stronger as the grid gains resiliency.”

The member-owners of CEC requested charging stations, indicating that it would influence their decision to purchase an electric vehicle. CEC announced via the CEC Facebook page that the new charging stations will be free to the public. “Research indicated that the affordable way to provide EV stations is to avoid the costly billing electronics and software that just don’t hold up in our weather,” explained Koplin. “It costs CEC less to provide the public charging service for free, so that’s what we’re doing.” CEC’s deployment plan includes installations by homeowners and businesses who have indicated interest, with CEC advising on charging station alternatives. The new Clipper Creek charging stations we selected will provide about 20 miles of driving range with a one-hour charge. “If demand grows as rapidly in Cordova as it has in other coastal Alaskan communities, we will soon feel the
pressure for more charging stations,” said Koplin.

CEC and the City of Cordova have collaborated on the stations for months, working with businesses and residents to identify locations that would have the greatest positive impact on parking, business development, social functions, and the local economy. The new centerpiece of Cordova, the Cordova Center, was selected as the preferred site, with two charging stations in the First Street parking lot serving the business district, and two charging stations in the lower parking lot serving the waterfront businesses and harbor. “I like the option of being able to own an electric car, bike, or scooter now,” said Sylvia Lange, owner of the Reluctant Fisherman, an iconic hotel and restaurant in the harbor. “Electric vehicles are here to stay – it’s great to have this option in Cordova,” said Lange.

In addition to serving the community, the charging stations are expected to attract and accommodate visitors to Cordova via the Alaska Marine Highway System. “The Tesla users group is looking for communities with electric vehicle charging stations to visit,” said John Harvill, a Cordova Tesla owner and member of the Alaska Tesla Users Group. Because the only road access to Cordova is by ferry, an EV charged in Anchorage can drive the 60 miles to the Whittier ferry terminal and recharge their vehicle when they get to Cordova. According to the chargers listed in www.plugshare.com, locating a charger in Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska, may be more difficult than finding one in coastal Alaska.

Cordova Electric Cooperative (CEC) is the sole provider of electric energy to the remote, coastal community of Cordova, Alaska. CEC owns and operates all power production and distribution facilities for the whole community. A small, nimble organization noted for creativity, innovation, talent, and achievement, CEC embraces the challenges of the energetic coastal environment in the North Pacific, and attracts the rugged, independent, success-oriented women and men that define the Cooperative.

Cordova Regular Election March 6, 2018 General Information

Polling place: Cordova Center Community Room A
Voting hours: 7:00 am to 8:00 pm

To elect:
Seat D:  One (1) City Council Member - For One (1) Regular, Three (3) Year Term
Seat E:  One (1) City Council Member - For One (1) Regular, Three (3) Year Term

To elect:
Two (2) School Board Members - For Two (2) Regular, Three (3) Year Terms

To elect:
Two (2) CCMC Authority Board Members - For Two (2) Regular, Three (3) Year Terms
                                      
To declare candidacy: Any qualified voter who meets the residency and age requirements of the elective office must file, not more than eight weeks (Tuesday, January 9, 2018) and at least four weeks (Tuesday February 6, 2018) prior to the election, with the city clerk, a sworn declaration of candidacy using the declaration of candidacy form that applies to the office for which he or she is a candidate in order for the voter's name to appear on the ballot as a candidate for that elective office.

Residency and age requirements: Mayor and City Council: One year immediately preceding the election and eighteen years of age. School Board Member: One year immediately preceding the election and eighteen years of age. CCMC Authority Board of Directors: One year immediately preceding the election, eighteen years of age and able to meet the requirements in Cordova Municipal Code 15.20.010 B.

Voter registration: Voter registration applications may be obtained at City Hall or you may register online at http://www.elections.alaska.gov/ . To be qualified to vote in a regular or special city election, a voter must be: A) Qualified to vote in state elections and registered to vote in state elections at a residence address within the city limits of Cordova at least thirty days (Sunday February 4, 2018) immediately preceding the municipal election; B) A resident of the city for thirty days (Sunday February 4, 2018) immediately preceding the municipal election; and C) Not disqualified under Article V of the Alaska Constitution.

Contact the City Clerk or the Deputy Clerk for information This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 424-6248 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 424-6286.

Adoption of Ordinances 1156, 1159, 1160

The following ordinances were adopted by the City Council on November 1, 2017:

Ordinance 1156
An ordinance of the City Council of the City of Cordova, Alaska, adopting Chapter 5.39, “motor fuel excise tax” and imposing an excise tax of $.04 per gallon on motor fuel dispensed into vehicles and watercraft from a fuel facility within Cordova

Ordinance 1159
An ordinance of the City Council of the City of Cordova, Alaska, amending Cordova Municipal Code section 5.40.030(c) and CMC 5.40.030(d) to increase the cap on sales tax from $3,000 to $7,500

Ordinance 1160
An ordinance of the City Council of the City of Cordova, Alaska, amending Cordova Municipal Code Chapter 5.40 to repeal CMC 5.40.090, eliminating the compensatory collection discount from sales tax

Copies of these ordinances can be obtained from the City Clerk’s office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and are available at www.cityofcordova.net

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