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It was an evening of farewells and greetings in Sitka’s assembly chambers Tuesday night, as the reins of local government were transferred to the winners of last week’s municipal elections. It was also an occasion to greet newly-arrived permanent city hires, and welcome some enthusiastic, temporary residents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.