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Assembly considers vehicle tax to fund roads

Sitka’s car owners may soon see a fee increase. The assembly voted 5 to 1 Tuesday night to raise vehicle registration fees. Money raised through the tax would go towards the city’s roads. more

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. more

SCIP named for Paxton; city gives land to SCDC

The Sitka Assembly voted Tuesday night to rename the Sawmill Cove Industrial Park after former city administrator Gary Paxton, and to give land to the Sitka Community Development Corporation, to start a community land trust. more

Assembly defends rate hikes in 2015 budget

Water, sewer and electricity rates will rise. So, most likely, will garbage and harbor rates. But, says finance director Jay Sweeney, “Sitka’s utility costs are not seriously out of whack with the national average.” more

Meth, heroin problem ‘hasn’t gotten better’

Detective Kyle Ferguson told the Sitka Assembly Tuesday night that nearly every crime investigated by Sitka police has some connection to drug abuse, if alcohol and marijuana is included. In the past year, abuse of heroin and methamphetamines in Sitka “hasn’t gotten noticeably worse, but it hasn’t gotten better either,” he said. “That in and of itself isn’t a good sign.” more

Assembly approves contract to bottle Blue Lake water

The Sitka Assembly approved a contract Tuesday night with a California company that hopes to bottle water from the Blue Lake reservoir. The contract gives the company, I Water, the right to buy up to 200-million gallons of city water a year. But I Water must start exporting water soon — or risk losing its water rights. more

Assembly votes down heat pump rebate

By the end of its meeting Tuesday night, the assembly had decided not to offer rebates for homeowners who install energy-efficient heat pump systems in their homes. But their path to that decision had less to do with heat pumps than with concerns about the city’s long-term electricity use. more

Assembly hears Benchlands plan, keeps Picnic Cove floathouses

The Assembly voted on Tuesday night to continue allowing float houses at Picnic Cove, south of Sitka, and heard an update on a proposed subdivision in the Benchlands from local contractor Sound Development. more

Sitka kicks off major trash study

During a work session on Tuesday night, the Sitka Assembly heard from contractors tasked with creating a top-to-bottom assessment of how the city handles trash and recycling. Representatives of the firm CB&I outlined the process that will, they hope, lead to a new master plan by September. more

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. more