Story last updated at 12:19 p.m. Friday, August 2, 2002

Lack of quorum tables talk of new council member
By Chris Bernard
Happenings in Seldovia

Last week's meeting of the Seldovia City Council was rescheduled when only three council members showed up, short of the four needed for a quorum.

"That's not unusual in the summer," said City Manager Ken Weaver. "We're also short one council member, so it only took one person not being able to make it for us to not have a quorum."

An agenda item appointing a sixth council member to replace Eric Nordenson, who resigned earlier this summer, was to be discussed at the rescheduled meeting. As of Tuesday, Stephen Lewis was the only applicant for the open seat on the council.

Also on tap was a discussion about replacing Police Deputy John Holley, who resigned from his post to accept a job in Juneau.

"I've been talking to Ken Weaver, and we're talking about hiring someone part-time until then," said Police Chief Andy Anderson.

"We've got a few people in mind."

But Weaver said any part-time hire would likely be as a backup position for the chief.

"It would be a part-time, on-call thing, filling in for the chief so we wouldn't have zero officers," he said.

Weaver said the post would be funded out of the current city budget.

The Seldovia Arts Council continues to bring live music to town.

Earlier this month, the Bill Hilly Band played, and last week, Anchorage guitarist Andy Baker performed at the Seldovia Village Tribe tent.

Next Thursday, the Australian pop band Fruit will take the stage. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $12 in advance, $15 at the door, and are available from local merchants and arts council members. On Sept. 22, the arts council will host Windham Hill recording artist Scott Cossu.

The arts council's Susan Mumma said spaces are still available for a three-day workshop with nationally known watercolor artist Cheng-Khee Chee.

"It's really advanced notice, because it's not until next July, but there are only 16 spaces," she said. "It's one of seven workshops he's giving around the country."

The Seldovia Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its next meeting for 7 p.m. tonight in the multipurpose room.

Upcoming chamber officer elections will be on the agenda, as will several items described by Secretary Peggy Biscacci as "general housekeeping."

"We're going to go over the Fourth of July and what happened there," she said. "Now that the Fourth is over, we can get back to other things, because we concentrate so much on that one event."

Chris Bernard is a reporter for the Homer News. Items for this report can be e-mailed to him at