The Sitka Assembly has tentatively approved a heat pump rebate program. Utility Director Chris Brewton said the program is a win-win: the city will increase electricity sales, while residents can lower home-heating costs.
The city-owned Sitka Community Hospital is in worse financial shape than anyone thought -- including its new CEO. The Sitka Assembly was briefed on the hospital’s finances during a closed-door session Tuesday night.
The Sitka Assembly voted Tuesday night to make it easier for residents to sell produce they’ve grown at home. The change is part of an effort to make locally grown food more easily accessible.
Critics worry the mines could affect salmon habitat. Sitka, Wrangell, Petersburg, Tenakee Springs and Port Alexander have passed resolutions or written to Alaska’s congressional delegation, asking the U.S. government to intervene.
The strategic planning commission was originally created to help guide the assembly on major decisions, like how Sitka will fund city services as state and federal aid declines. But so far, it hasn’t quite gotten off the ground.
The Sitka Assembly began its meeting Monday night by issuing a proclamation honoring Veterans Day.
The Sitka Assembly on Tuesday night authorized a $180,000 design contract. The full project, which will replace the 40-year-old transient float in Thomsen Harbor, is expected to cost about $6-million and be completed by March 2016.
The city ended the last year with a million dollar surplus in its primary operating budget. But finance director Jay Sweeney told the assembly that several of the funds that pay for utilities are in worse shape, and will likely require more utility rate increases.
Sitka voters returned incumbent Mayor Mim McConnell to office for a second term, but chose two newcomers for the Sitka Assembly. If the results hold after absentee votes are counted on Friday, Sitka may have one of the youngest assemblies in recent memory.
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