The Electric Department will be conducting a test of the dam break siren at the Gary Paxton Industrial Park on Thursday, April 23 between 10:30 and 11:00am. This is only a test. If you have any questions, please call 747-4000.
The City and Borough of Sitka announces its Annual Community Wide Spring Clean Up and the Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event taking place in April. Please click on the below links for more information.
Please join us for the Blue Lake Expansion Project Official Dedication Ceremony on Friday, May 8th at Noon. Click official invitation to see the details.
The City and Borough of Sitka in cooperation with Sitka Trail Works has been working on improvements to and reconstruction of the Cross Trail since last spring. Using grants the City received from the State Department of Transportation and the Federal Lands Access Program, a Rasmuson grant and Sitka Trail Works donations, 1.25 miles of new trail is now complete. The old Cross Trail has been upgraded to an 8’ wide multimodal pathway standard, from the High School to Yaw Drive and a separated path was constructed along Yaw Drive to the Indian River Trailhead parking lot. If walkers park in the Indian River/Cross Trail Trailhead parking lot off Indian River Road, the separated path now starts across the road at Peter Simpson Drive and runs along Yaw Drive to the main Cross Trail.
Sitka Trail Works has begun construction of Phase 5 of the Cross Trail Multimodal Pathway. Approximately one mile of multimodal trail will be constructed to replace the lower portion of Gavan Hill Trail. The new section of the Cross Trail will share a trailhead with the Gavan Hill Trail at the end of Baranof Street. The Phase 5 pathway will provide access to the Cross Trail and Gavan Trail from downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. The lower part of Gavan Hill Trail will be abandoned.
During construction heavy equipment will be using neighborhood streets. Trail construction materials will be staged at the end of Pherson Street and adjacent to the City cemetery. Residents are asked to “excuse our mess”, truck traffic and noise during construction and avoid the staging areas. Construction will be complete in the fall.
For further information, please contact Lynne Brandon, CBS Parks and Recreation, at 747-1852 or Sitka Trail Works at 747-7244.
To keep updated, provide comments, find when meetings are and look up history on the Harrigan Centennial Hall Project, please visit: http://mcgalaska.com/a/harrigan/
The residents of Sitka no longer have to wait for the Household Hazardous Waste Event to recycle fluorescent bulbs or electronic waste! The Transfer Station on Jarvis Street is now collecting these items all year round to eliminate them from the waste stream!
Fluorescent bulbs can now be taken to the transfer station on Saturdays to be recycled from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. There is a charge of $.50 a bulb and it will be charged to the resident’s utility bill. This is for residential customers only. Commercial businesses must call Alaska Pacific Environmental Services at 907-747-5669 to set up an appointment.
Electronic Waste can be recycled at the transfer station at any time, all year long. Simply take your electronics to the Transfer Station and put it in the electronics bin. There is no charge for this service. This is for residential customers only and commercial businesses must call Alaska Pacific Environmental Services at 907-747-5669 to set up an appointment.
Please call Public Works at 907-747-1806 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions, or call Alaska Pacific Environmental Services at 907-747-5669. The Transfer Station is located at 205 Jarvis Street and is open Monday through Saturday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
REMINDER to all businesses – the Sales Tax rate changes to 6% effective Wednesday, April 1, 2015 for all sales, services, and short term rentals unless otherwise exempted. The Sales Tax rate of 6% will be in effect until September 30, 2015. The Bed Tax rate is 6% all year.
The final report from Municipal Solutions for the General Fund Efficiency Audit and Comprehensive Management Plan can be found on the link below.
The recommendations made by Municipal Solutions and the responses by the City can be found on the below link.
The city is now introducing a web feature which citizens can use online to initiate commonly requested work items from city crews. The feature is a customer interface page. It allows citizens to initiate requests in a variety of areas. It works like this: a customer clicks on the following link:
This brings up the Citizen Request Page. It is a simple form with a drop-down menu for topics, and fields to enter basic information. When the customer clicks “submit request,” an email work order is automatically generated that goes to the city staff member associated with that request category.
Requests to fill potholes go to Streets, to fix streetlights go to the Electric Dept., etc. When you submit the request a ‘request number’ displays; you can check the status of that request by clicking on the “check request” button and entering the request number.
The Sitka General Code was revised to accommodate Float Homes in Sitka’s Harbors. Two slips are available for building. Please contact Stan Eliason, Harbormaster at 747-3439 if you are interested in building a float home. See the Float home poster for more information by clicking here: CBS Float Home Poster
Effective December 1st, Utility Customer Service hours at City Hall will be 10:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday.
Public Works has a new "contractor Resources" page. You can find information on Bids and RFP's, there is Building Department Resources, information about water and sewer utility connection and more! http://cityofsitka.com/government/departments/publicworks/contractorresources.html
With regards to Sitka's roads and the history, inventory, costs and funding please see the report done by Public Works by clicking here: Public Works Road System Master Planning & Funding Strategies
A newly reenacted commission, the Strategic Planning Commission will assist the Assembly in developing, planning, and implementing strategic and planning priorities as determined by the Assembly. This newly formed commission will focus on strategic planning for the city. Click here to download an application. Click here to see the full version of the Ordinance that reenacted this commission.
Volunteer positions are available with various Municipal Boards, Commissions, and Committees. Interested persons are asked to submit a letter of interest and board application to the Municipal Clerk's Office (click here to download an application). To see the current vacancies please click on the following link: Vacancies
You can find a copy of the latest CBS Connection here.