Tag Archives: Sitka Assembly

Despite voting down rate hike, Assembly says rates will rise

Workers pouring cement at the Blue Lake dam in June, 2014 (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)The Sitka Assembly voted down a proposed electric rate increase at its meeting Tuesday night. But that doesn’t mean rates aren’t going up. The real question isn’t whether rates will rise, but by how much. And city staff have found some creative ways to soften the impact.

City to propose “steep” electric rate increase

Workers pouring cement at the Blue Lake dam in June, 2014 (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)After an unexpectedly warm winter left the Electric Department $1-million short, Sitkans may be looking at an increase as high as 15- or 20-percent.

The Ride faces major shortfall

Unless the city steps in, The Ride may have to cut hours or even a full bus line, the Assembly was told.  (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)The Sitka Assembly was told on Tuesday that without city support, the system will likely have to cut hours -- or even a full bus line.

Sitka’s first marijuana law makes it onto the books

Marijuana consumption is now legal in Alaska, but public consumption is prohibited. Sitka's first marijuana ordinance defines what counts as "public." (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)On Tuesday night, Sitka passed one of the first marijuana ordinances in the state. The ordinance passed on the day that marijuana use became legal in Alaska -- and just hours after the state issued its own emergency regulations.

Activities at risk as Sitka’s school budget hits deficit ‘wall’?

Sitka High freshman David Wilcox blazes across the finish line Saturday morning (9-28-13). Faced with its largest projected budget deficit in recent memory, the Sitka School Board may consider dramatic cuts to sports and activities programs in 2016. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)The Sitka School Board -- as usual -- is entering its annual budget cycle facing a significant deficit. But unlike past years, there’s no silver bullet from either the state or federal governments that’s likely to save the day.

Sitka to increase moorage rates for third year in a row

The new ANB Harbor, at the June, 2014 ribbon-cutting. (KCAW photo/Greta Mart)Rates for both transient and permanent slip holders will go up by 6.68%. The increase is effective immediately for transient users. For resident vessels, it will go into effect on April 15.

No longer in crisis, hospital status still ‘urgent’

Rob Allen was hired as interim CEO at Sitka Community Hospital in January. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Two months after a financial crisis forced it to request an emergency loan, Sitka Community Hospital has a new CEO, about a million dollars on hand and no plans to ask for more money from the city.

At City-Tribe meeting, frank talk on industrial park, transit

The Sitka Assembly and Sitka Tribal Council met on January 30, 2015. From left, Tribal Council member Wilbur Brown, Sitka Community Hospital CEO Rob Allen, Assembly member Aaron Swanson, Assembly member Matt Hunter, City Administrator Mark Gorman, Mayor Mim McConnell, Tribal Council member Bob Sam, Tribal Chair Mike Baines, Assembly member Michelle Putz, Assembly member Steven Eisenbeisz, STA General Manager Lawrence SpottedBird, Assembly member Tristan Guevin, Tribal Council member Harvey Kitka, and Tribal Council member Rachel Moreno. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)The Sitka Assembly and the Sitka Tribal Council met Friday. The twice-a-year dinner is billed as a chance for the city’s two governments to speak freely -- and Friday night’s meeting featured some frank talk.

Assembly passes marijuana law on first reading

The personal use of marijuana becomes legal in Alaska on Feb. 24, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Pixaby)As written, Sitka’s law would forbid marijuana consumption in public places, including restaurants and bars. But it leaves the door open to private cannabis clubs or cafes and allows the Assembly to consider exemptions for special events.

UPDATE: Video Recording of 1/27 Assembly Meeting

KCAW was unable to broadcast Tuesday night's (1-27-15) meeting, due to technical issues. Here you'll find a full video recording of the January 27th, 2015 Assembly Meeting, courtesy of the City and Borough of Sitka and recorded by Dan Etulain.