Tag Archives: Pete Esquiro

Assembly approves sales tax holiday, denies B&B permit

Sitka will be sales tax-free on November 28 and 29, the Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving. The assembly also waded into a pair of disputes among neighbors -- and said farewell to one of its own.

Sitka Assembly asks for input on proposed car tax

The assembly voted 4-3 on Tuesday night in favor of a proposal that would increase vehicle registration fees. But the ordinance will come before the assembly at least two more times, and it’s not at all clear whether it will make it into law.

Assembly awards contract for water treatment facility

The assembly voted to award a $5.5-million contract to Dawson Construction to build a new UV Disinfection Facility, which will bring Sitka’s primary source of drinking water into compliance with federal regulations.

Assembly, School Board filing deadline Friday

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.

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 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.

John Littlefield’s legacy: Teaching subsistence as advocacy

John Littlefield. (Family photo)Sitkans this week will mark 40 days since the passing of John Littlefield with a traditional celebration of his life. The food will be wild, local, and plentiful -- thanks in large part to his legacy. John Littlefield was a clan uncle, a father, a husband, and electrical contractor. But most of all, he was a passionate advocate for traditional subsistence rights.

Assembly OKs float homes, honors baseball champs

The Sitka Assembly voted Tuesday night to allow float homes in Sitka’s harbors. It was one of two pilot projects on the agenda aimed at increasing affordable housing.

Assembly votes to raise pay for city workers

The Sitka Assembly gave final approval Tuesday night to an ordinance overhauling the pay-scale for non-union employees. The changes were prompted by a study that found some city salaries lagging well behind what is paid in other, similar communities.

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.