The Sitka Health Summit hosts Planning Day 2014. October 2, 2014 from 8:30am to 4:30pm at Harrigan Centennial Hall. To register please go to www.sitkahealthsummitak.org or call 738-0462. You can find more information at the attached flyer: Sitka Health Summit Planning Day 2014
The water tunnel from Blue Lake to the new Blue Lake powerhouse was flushed with water and cleaned in preparation for slowly filling the tunnel this week.
Sitka will continue to get drinking water from the Indian River filtration plant until the end of the generation outage, October 18th, at which time the town will be weaned back on to Blue Lake water, although not completely. A mix of Blue Lake and Indian River will serve as drinking water starting October 18th and ending in late November when the new Blue Lake powerhouse is fully on line.
IT IS STILL VERY IMPORTANT TO CONSERVE BOTH ELECTRICITY AND WATER until October 18!
The Sitka Builders Seminar 2014 sponsored by the Sitka Building Department is an educational seminar on building techniques and regulations for contractors, designers and homeowners. This event will be held on Thursday and Friday, October 9 and 10, 2014 from 8:00am to 5:00pm at Harrigan Centennial Hall. Call Public Works at 747-1806 for details or to register.
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR CEUs. A registration fee of $100 will be charged to those who wish to acquire CEUs. Please register no later than Friday, October 3. After October 3 the cost for those desiring CEUs will be $125. There is no fee to attend unless you wish to receive CEUs.
Reminder to all businesses: The Sales Tax rate reverts back to 5% effective Wednesday, October 1, 2014 for all sales, services, and short term rentals unless otherwise exempted. Sales tax rate of 5% will be in effect until March 31, 2015. The bed tax rate remains the same at 6%.
The CBS FY 2016 Legislative Requests were approved by the Assembly at the September 9, 2014 meeting. This document has not yet been formatted or finalized, and the graphics and presentation are still to be developed. The final CBS FY 2016 Legislative Priorities document will be available prior to the January 2015 legislative session. Click here to see the draft copy: CBS FY 2016 Legislative Priorities
October 7, 2014 is the Regular Municipal Election. Absentee voting is available beginning September 22, 2014 at City Hall, 100 Lincoln Street, or by mail. Click below for more information on the following:
Sponsored by the City and Borough of Sitka on Saturday, October 4 from 8:00am to 4:00pm and Sunday, October 5 from 8:00am to 3:00pm is a free household hazardous waste collection event. Please do not deliver items prior to or after the event times.
All households, certain small businesses and government agencies are eligible to dispose of up to 200 lbs. of waste per year. Solvents, oil, paint, antifreeze, cleaners, poisons, acids, batteries, caustics, furniture stripper, herbicides, pesticides, flares, printing & photographic chemicals are eligible. No explosives, blasting caps and gun powder, reactives such as sodium metal and radioactive wastes, and fluorescent bulbs are eligible. Fluorescent bulbs are accepted at the Recycling Center every Saturday from Noon to 1:00pm, customers are charged $.50 per bulb.
Please contact the Public Works Office at 747-1806 for more information.
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
BLUE LAKE ROAD IS CLOSED due to construction on the Blue Lake Dam. Crews are working around the clock and heavy equipment is running on the road at all times. The road will re-open to vehicle traffic in the spring of 2015. For more information visit http://www.bluelakeexpansion.com/ or call the Electric Department at 747-4000.
Click: Ordinance 2014-07 to see amendments to Sitka General Code Title 13 that reenacts certain sections to update the laws governing conduct and use of Sitka Municipal Harbor Facilities by adopting requirements for vessel maintenance, care and procedures for impounding nuisance vessels. These changes go into effect on May 8, 2014.
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.
It is certain that significant supplemental diesel generation will be required. Please switch to an alternate heat source (oil, wood, etc.) and conserve electricity.