Tag Archives: Sitka Assembly

Sitka budget calls for utility rate increases

The City and Borough of Sitka's 2015 draft budget. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)

It’s budget season in Sitka. On Thursday night (5-1-14) the Sitka Assembly held a work session to hash out the proposed 2015 budget drawn up by city staff. KCAW’s Rachel Waldholz was there, and she spoke with Robert Woolsey about what’s coming down the pike. more

Assembly votes down heat pump rebate

By the end of its meeting Tuesday night, the assembly had decided not to offer rebates for homeowners who install energy-efficient heat pump systems in their homes. But their path to that decision had less to do with heat pumps than with concerns about the city’s long-term electricity use. more

Assembly approves Centennial Hall design

An architect's rendering of the renovated Harrigan Centennial Hall (Courtesy of McCool Carlson Green)

The assembly voted 7-0 to approve the architects’ full plan, which includes a new space for the Sitka Historical Museum, larger meeting rooms, and an ambitious overhaul of the building’s exterior, including new landscaping on the hall’s south side. more

Is there more important funding than schools?

As board member Tonia Rioux looks on, Superintendent Steve Bradshaw told assembly members to "love every kid who walks down our streets." (Image courtesy KSCT-TV

Should the state do more for schools when local governments — like Sitka’s — are not doing all they can? That was the question hanging over a joint work session between the Sitka School Board and Sitka Assembly Thursday night (4-10-14). The board presented a draft budget to the assembly with a modest increase in local support to schools — less than $200,000 — but also delivered a clear message that more was needed. more

Assembly hears Benchlands plan, keeps Picnic Cove floathouses

The Assembly voted on Tuesday night to continue allowing float houses at Picnic Cove, south of Sitka, and heard an update on a proposed subdivision in the Benchlands from local contractor Sound Development. more

Assembly passes anti-smoking law

The Sitka Assembly passed a controversial amendment Tuesday night, tightening the city’s anti-smoking laws. The question before the assembly was whether children should be prohibited from entering any business that allows smoking — even for a non-smoking event. In the end, the decision came down to different interpretations of what voters intended nearly a decade ago. more

At assembly, haircuts and huzzahs

A well documented haircut: high school students Salma Zakiyah and Rosie Palof had their heads shaved as part of a fundraiser for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, at Tuesday night's meeting of the Sitka Assembly. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)

The Sitka Assembly took time out from their usual business on Tuesday night to recognize local volunteers –and fit in a couple quick haircuts. Mayor Mim McConnell declared Friday, March 28th, St. Baldrick’s Foundation Day, in honor of the charity, which raises money for research into childhood cancers. She also declared April 1st to be Americorps Day. more

Assembly postpones smoking decision – again

The Sitka Assembly once again took up the question of whether children should be prohibited from entering businesses that allow smoking, even during non-smoking events. And, once again, they postponed a decision. For some assembly members, the question came down to finding the right balance between public health and individual freedom more

Thurs Feb 13, 2014

Community land trust in Sitka one step closer to reality. Assembly approves $350,000 loan for BIBCO. Three fishing companies fined $275,000 by the EPA. Tanner and golden king crab fisheries opened after two days of weather delays. more

Assembly approves BIBCO loan

The Sitka Assembly on Tuesday night approved a loan of $350,000 to the Baranof Island Brewing Company. Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins told assembly members, “The state is going broke.” And City Administrator Mark Gorman reported on why cruise companies said they see Sitka as different from Ketchikan or Juneau. more