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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.
Sitka has to figure out how to pay for its roads - and soon. That was the message delivered to the Sitka Assembly on Tuesday night. Assembly members discussed a wide range of potential strategies, all aimed at keeping the city from going back to gravel.
Did you miss our live Town Hall Meeting, Driving Us Crazy: How to Pay for Pavement in Sitka? You can listen to the program in its entirety here. Municipal administrator Mark Gorman, public works director Michael Harmon, and a panel of special guests including Hugh Bevan, Max Rule, Gerry Hope, and Sen. Bert Stedman discuss ideas for tackling the millions of dollars in repairs needed for Sitka’s city streets.
Sitka’s Blue Lake Dam hydro expansion project will cost about $3.6-million more than expected. The total project -- not including new backup diesel generators -- was originally estimated to cost about $142-million. It is now up to about $145-million, Utility Director Chris Brewton told the Sitka assembly Tuesday night. Brewton later told KCAW that this is the only major cost overrun the project has seen so far.
The Sitka Assembly on Tuesday night authorized the city to spend up to $250,000 to develop a new solid waste management plan. The vote marks the start of a total reexamination of how Sitka deals with its trash. The study will cover everything from garbage and recycling to composting and bear problems.
In Sitka, the earth moved under our feet in January -- like everywhere else in Southeast -- but one couple in particular will probably be choosing their campsites pretty carefully from now on. 2013 started with an earthquake, and the wild ride never quite ended. An amazing fishing season plus a surge in industrial activity pushed the regional economy to new highs, but not everyone cashed in -- especially those affected by federal budget cuts. Here's a look back at some of the top local news stories of the year.
The cost of keeping a boat in Sitka’s harbors will likely increase next year, by about 6%. The Sitka Assembly voted to raise moorage fees at its regular meeting on Tuesday night, and the increase is probably the first of many.