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The filing deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, August 8 for candidates running for mayor, assembly and school board in Sitka. So far, four candidates have filed to run for assembly and two for school board. Mayor Mim McConnell is running for reelection. No other candidate has yet filed to challenge her.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.