The Sitka Assembly approved an application for state funding to extend the Seawalk to the O'Connell Bridge, even though that site will become a "super-yacht facility."
During their regular meeting Tuesday (5-24-16), the Assembly authorized funding to repair Sitka’s public seaplane dock, which was condemned this winter after one the pilings crumbled.
At the Citizens' Task Force meeting on Monday (02-29-16), the sobering uncertainties of the FY17 budget dominated the conversation. And it was there that the task force began to push back against city staff on what Sitka’s financial strategy should be.
Tuesday night (10-27-15), the Sitka Assembly approved a contract with Alaska Pacific Environmental Services to continue collecting Sitka’s garbage. The agreement does come with one important caveat: In their bid, Alaska Pacific said customer rates must increase by 21.3%.
The Assembly voted Tuesday night to put the Centennial Hall renewal project out to bid. The renovation will expand the building’s meeting and convention spaces and create a new, second entrance on the waterfront. Assembly members stressed that the project is being paid for entirely with state grants -- not with city money.
The state Department of Transportation has told city officials that budget cuts may mean shorter hours for Sitka’s Rocky Gutierrez Airport. The airport is currently staffed 24 hours a day. DOT is considering cutting one staff member, perhaps reducing operating hours to 18 or 20 hours a day.
The expansion of Kettleson Memorial Library was put to a halt last Monday, after a local engineer raised serious questions about the structural integrity of the new building.
Sitka has torn up what is likely the first of many paved city streets and returned it to gravel. The community has wrestled for years with how to pay to replace pavement put down during the heyday of the state’s oil wealth in the 1980s. And so far, no one’s come up with a plan for local funding that’s acceptable to residents.
Sitkans who saw a truck hauling one of the city’s large, green recycling bins up Jarvis Street to the waste transfer station earlier this summer were not imagining things. The contractor responsible for managing Sitka’s recycling dumped a total of three loads of mixed paper after discovering they had been contaminated by food waste.
The bids are in for Sitka’s Kettleson Memorial Library expansion -- and contractors are estimating that the project, as currently envisioned, would cost about $1-million more than the city had expected. At a special assembly meeting Thursday, city staff proposed cuts to the project.