Tag Archives: Sitka Assembly

October 25, 2016: What’s happening at tonight’s Assembly meeting?

img_8783When the Sitka Assembly meets tonight (10-25-16), they’ll focus mostly on funding decisions: what to save, what to spend, and how. That includes a transfer to the Public Infrastructure Sinking Fund, which pays for city roads and sidewalks, and expenses related to the August 2015 landslide.

Passing of the gavel for new Sitka Assembly

img_9492On Tuesday night (10-11-16), nearly everything changed about the Sitka Assembly. They swore in a new mayor: Matthew Hunter. New members: Kevin Knox and Aaron Bean. All in a new building. The Assembly chambers were revitalized in the remodel of Harrigan Centennial Hall.

As electric rates rise 7%, Sitka Assembly explores other options

161014_assemblyelectric_kwongThe Sitka Assembly is raising electric rates for the second time this year, by an average of 7% across the customer base. That will close the gap in the electric fund for FY17. But the relief is short-lived. To address future shortfalls, the Assembly wants to dip into other pockets in the city’s wallet before raising rates again.

October 11, 2016: What’s happening at tonight’s Assembly meeting?

IMG_8783Tonight’s regular meeting (10-11-16) of the Sitka Assembly will take place in the newly renovated Harrigan Centennial Hall. Outgoing officers will be thanked, incoming officers sworn in, and the Assembly will hit the ground running on it's biggest challenge: how to close a $3.5 million budget gap.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: Sitka voters favor Hunter, Knox, Bean; Prop 1 fails

IMG_9364The unofficial results for Sitka's municipal election are in. Matthew Hunter is Sitka's mayor-elect. Kevin Knox and Aaron Bean are the top vote-getters for two seats on the Sitka Assembly. And Jennifer McNichol was elected to a three-year-term on the Sitka School Board. Proposition 1 failed, by a margin of 66 to 33.

2016 Election Hub! Where to vote and who’s running

Allcandidates_webpageThis year's municipal election is Tuesday, October 4th. There's a question on the ballot to raise the cap on property taxes and 10 candidates running for municipal office. To help you make an informed decision, Raven Radio profiled of each candidates and hosted four call-in shows. Find those stories here.

Bean wants Sitka to grow economy and live within its means

160916_aaronbean_kwongAaron Bean has worn a great variety of hats. Born and raised in Sitka, Bean has worked as a commercial fisherman, police officer, natural resource specialist, and small business owner. He hopes to bring that entrepreneurial spirit to the Assembly table.

September 27, 2016: What’s happening at tonight’s Assembly meeting?

160914_marinesubstation_kwongWhen the Sitka Assembly gathers tonight (09-27-16), they’ll hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. devoted entirely to the city’s electric utility: rate structures, revenue ideas, and how to keep up with repairs to the system while meeting bond obligations for the Blue Lake Dam.

Allison focuses on fishing fleet, accountability

Alexander Allison is one of five candidates running for two open seats on the Assembly. The municipal election is Tuesday, October 4, 2016. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)The middle school teacher and former charter fisherman wants the city to be more proactive in pursuing revenue opportunities like a full-service marine haul-out, but also be more transparent in it’s day-to-day operations.

Assembly candidates discuss how to fix Sitka’s economy

IMG_9020On Tuesday night (09-20-16), Raven Radio hosted the five candidates for Sitka’s Assembly in an election forum. All agreed that Sitka’s financial struggles must be solved internally, and they each painted a slightly different picture of the solutions.