A summertime storm has damaged the O’Connell Lightering Facility. The Sitka Assembly will talk about that and more tonight.
See agenda here: 170822_AssemblyAgenda
Several piling have shifted out of place, and it isn’t safe anymore for yachts and other boats over 40 feet long to tie up. City Hall will present their plan for repairing those pilings, which will cost $270,000, and researching possible moorage rate increases to pay for future repairs.
The city went over-budget in a few areas this year, driven largely by unexpected costs to solid waste removal. The Assembly has been notified and will talk about those figures tonight. Budgeting for renovations to the airport and to the hospital is also on the agenda.
Phillip Messina, the interim city administrator, wants to increase funding to Sitka’s Rocky Gutierrez Airport from $400,000 to $600,000 to more accurately reflect the airport’s improvement plan. The city’s contribution will come from passenger facility charges, or PFCs.
The Assembly may also give Sitka Community Hospital the green light to purchase a modular unit, which would expand the physical size of the clinic and allow for urgent care services six days a week. They’ll also decide between appointing Lee Bennett or Owen Kindig to the Sitka Community Hospital Board.
The meeting kicks off at 6 p.m. at Harrigan Centennial Hall. Raven News will join the meeting live following Alaska News Nightly.