Tonight is the first public meeting for Sitka’s interim administrator, Phillip Messina.

See full agenda here: Agenda_170627

The Sitka Assembly will consider adopting a critical areas ordinance, on second and final reading. It would change development regulations in landslide zones and allow property owners to waive a geotechnical analysis of their land. The ordinance aims to loose restrictions, while also protecting the city from liability.

The Assembly will also discuss piloting a downtown shuttle for tourists and raise rates in compliance with the city’s master plans (ORD 2017-21). Metered water service would go up 3%, sewer service by 4.5%, and solid waste disposal by 2% to keep up with inflation and pay for future capital repairs.

The Sitka Assembly will also approve its wish list of “shovel ready” projects (RES 2017-12) for federal funding consideration. The state is soliciting proposals for inclusion in the Alaskan Infrastructure Projects list, to be submitted to the Trump administration.

Sitka’s three priorities are: 1) developing an alternative source of potable water, 2) maintaining and replacing outdated electrical infrastructure, and 3) replacing the float at Crescent Harbor and upgrading the electrical system at Eliason Harbor.

The Assembly will also consider license renewals for Weed Dudes and Northern Lights Indoor Gardens, and insurance renewal for the Blue Lake, Green Lake, and Jarvis street stations.

The Sitka Assembly meets in Harrigan Centennial Hall at 6 p.m. tonight. Raven Radio will join the meeting live in progress, following Alaska News Nightly.