Tag Archives: Michael Harmon

Structural concerns bring library project to a standstill

The Harbor Drive site is quiet after the discovery of structural deficiencies. Construction is suspended for one month and the library opening delayed one month, for early November 2015. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)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 heads ‘Back to the Future’ on gravel roads

Anna_DriveSitka 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.

Trashed recycling points to flaws in Sitka’s system?

This load of mixed paper recycling was dumped in June -- one of three loads dumped this year due to food contamination. (KCAW photo)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.

Kettleson bids $1M higher than expected

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.

Assembly debates how to pay for roads

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.

Miss our Town Hall on roads? Listen here!

Car_in_mudDid 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.

Cost overruns add up to a bigger bill for Blue Lake

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.

Sitka to rethink how it takes out the trash

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.

Sitka in 2013: Shaking earth, falling mountain

Redoubt_Slide_250In 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.

Assembly votes to raise moorage fees

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.