Tuesday night (01-12-16), the Sitka Assembly decided to contest the state’s proposed setback distance for pot business. With a vote of 5-2, Sitka joins Petersburg in penning a letter to the State Department of Law, requesting the setback be reduced from 500 feet to 200 feet, at minimum.
Deferred maintenance, particularly at the Marine Street Substation, has prompted the department the city to fast track a solution. Electric Department Director Bryan Bertacchi has a plan, but it will take the money and the political will of the Assembly to pull it off.
The Sitka Assembly convened in executive session Wednesday night (11-11-15) to discuss legal matters affecting the municipality, as a result of the August 18th landslide.
Though not a single drop of raw water has been exported, the Sitka Assembly is offering Alaska Bulk Water Incorporated another chance to deliver on their promises. At the company’s request, the Sitka Assembly on Tuesday (10-27-15) agreed to extend their contract for the sixth time.
If budget cuts eliminate a state matching-grant program for marine facilities, Sitka could have to close one of its boat harbors. At least three are scheduled for work over the next 10 years.
John Welsh is a product of the West. Born in Wyoming, he moved Alaska to work in education. Along with his wife and three kids, he’s lived in Sitka for the past five years as a driver for Sitka Cab. And this year, he’s putting his name forth as a write-in candidate for the Sitka Assembly.
My main concern is support for our businesses, in a framework of economic development. My interest in running for the assembly began with a focus on the schools and the hospital. These remain priorities.
For Sitka to remain strong into the future, we need to take advantage of our gifts: water, the sea, our world-class location and beauty, and our regional medical center. These are the keys to our future. I'll do whatever I can to allow these pieces of the economy to flourish, which in turn, employ our citizens.
The ALPS Federal Credit Union in Sitka is going back to the drawing board. The Sitka assembly denied the credit union’s request for a conditional use permit to expand its facility into an adjacent lot.
The Sitka Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is no more. The Sitka assembly last night (Tue 9-8-15) voted to dissolve the organization and transfer its responsibilities to the Chamber of Commerce, at a cost of $225,000 for the rest of the year.