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The Sitka Assembly voted Tuesday night to dissolve the city’s Convention and Visitors' Bureau. The bureau plans to reconstitute itself as an independent nonprofit, one that could bid for city contracts to do much of the marketing and convention planning it does now.
Michelle Putz is Sitka’s newest assembly member. Putz was appointed by the assembly in a special meeting Friday evening (1-2-15), to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Phyllis Hackett. Members considered Putz’s previous experience on the assembly in making the appointment, and also her gender.
Sitka has torn up what is likely the first of many paved city streets and returned it to gravel. The community has wrestled for years with how to pay to replace pavement put down during the heyday of the state’s oil wealth in the 1980s. And so far, no one’s come up with a plan for local funding that’s acceptable to residents.
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 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.