Press Releases and Public Service Announcements

Holiday Closure for Harbor Department Office
06/29/2022

The City and Borough of Sitka’s Harbor Department office located at 617 Katlian Street will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, July 5. The Harbor Department office is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with the exception of observed holidays. In case of an emergency, operations staff can be reached at 907-738-0835.


Non-Profit Organizations Annual Grant Funding Application
06/24/2022

Grant applications are now available for non-profit organizations to apply for annual funding from the City and Borough of Sitka General Fund for FY23. $45,000 is available for disbursement. Applications are available at the Administrator’s office, City Hall, 100 Lincoln Street, 3rd Floor, or online at www.cityofsitka.com.

Completed applications must be submitted by email to the Administrator’s office no later than 5:00 p.m. Monday, August 15, 2022. Applications received after the time fixed for receipt will not be considered. Applications will be awarded in September at a special meeting of the Assembly. 

For additional information, contact Administrative Coordinator, Holley Dennison at holley.dennison@cityofsitka.org or call 747-1818.


Candidate Open House
06/13/2022

Citizens interested in learning about running for local office are invited to attend a Candidate Open House hosted by the City and Borough of Sitka and Sitka School District. Informational materials will be provided. Two informal open house sessions will be offered, with the same information covered in each including a brief overview of the candidate filing process. Municipal staff and school district staff will be available to answer questions. Open houses are scheduled for Monday, June 20 at 6:00 PM, and Thursday, June 30 at noon.  Both open houses will be held in meeting room 3 at Harrigan Centennial Hall, 330 Harbor Drive. 

The Regular Municipal Election is Tuesday, October 4, 2022. Vacancies to be filled are: one Mayor seat (2-year term), two Assembly Member seats (3-year terms), and three School Board Member seats (one 3-year term, one 2-year term, and one 1-year term). Candidate filing opens Monday, July 18 at 8:00 AM and closes Friday, August 5 at 5:00 PM. Candidate packets are available beginning July 18 at 8:00 AM in the Municipal Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 100 Lincoln Street, third floor.  For more information, contact the Municipal Clerk’s Office at 907-747-1811 or 907-747-1826.


GPIP Scrap Yard Balances to be Billed in June
06/13/2022

Due to a billing system issue, utility accounts were not charged for disposals at the GPIP Scrap Yard made between August and May. The system issue has been resolved, and balances will be billed with the regular billing cycle in June. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience. Questions about your bill can be directed to the Utility Billing Clerk at 907-747-1843 or erica.stocker@cityofsitka.org


Bicycle and Electric Bicycle Use on Municipal Sidewalks
5/26/2022

The City and Borough of Sitka and the Sitka Police Department would like to remind everyone that bicycle and electric bicycle use on Municipal sidewalks is prohibited, including the downtown business district. Bicycles and electric bicycles can be ridden in the bike lane or on the shoulder of the roadway and follow the rules of the road. All bicycle and electric bicycle riding is prohibited in the downtown business district during street closures, as the roadway becomes a pedestrian promenade. Bicycles and electric bicycles must be walked through the downtown business district during street closures.


New Bus Parking Area
5/20/2022

The RIDE will be relocating to a new bus stop in the downtown area across from the Bayview building near the Crescent Harbor parking entrance on Lincoln Street. Parking is NOT permitted in this new bus stop which is painted red. Relocating the new bus stop creates additional parking in the Crescent Harbor parking lot. Beginning June 1st, the old RIDE pickup area located in Crescent Harbor will be available for day-use parking only. 

Please contact the City and Borough of Sitka Public Works Department with any questions at 907-747-1804.


Growing the Future Together: Help Build a Plan for Sitka's Future
5/20/2022

The City and Borough of Sitka (CBS) is building a plan with the help of the community to guide the organization in serving all Sitkans over the next five years. CBS wants to ensure this is a place that is livable not just for some, but for all people of Sitka. CBS is engaging the community, staff, and its partners in this engagement effort to result in a plan that will serve as a roadmap for the organization. There are many ways to get involved and share your ideas for the future. Visit www.sitkagrowingthefuturetogether.org to take the survey, learn more about the project, or sign up for one of our other engagement opportunities. Click here for the full press release. 


Section of Maksoutoff Street Closed Through September
5/20/2022

The City and Borough of Sitka Public Works Department will close a section of Maksoutoff Street from Lincoln Street to the Wells Fargo driveway to accommodate restroom facilities beginning Monday, May 23. This upper section of Maksoutoff Street will be closed through the end of September. 

Please contact the City and Borough of Sitka Public Works Department with any questions at 907-747-1804.


American Street Modification to One-Way Northbound
5/13/2022

The City and Borough of Sitka Public Works Department has modified American Street to a one-way street heading northbound in order to preserve parking and assist with traffic flow. Lincoln Street or Race Street can be used to access American Street. This is modification will be in place until further notice for the summer season. 

Please contact the City and Borough of Sitka Public Works Department with any questions at 907-747-1804.


Reminder to Harbor Users to Conserve Water
4/22/2022

The City and Borough of Sitka Harbor Department would like to remind harbor users to conserve water by turning off water hoses that are available for use on the harbor docks. Conserving water by turning off the hoses will reduce water and wastewater treatment costs.    

Please contact the City and Borough of Sitka Harbor Department with any questions. 907-747-3439.


Seasonal Sales Tax Rate Change
3/29/2022

The City and Borough of Sitka Tax Office would like to remind all citizens that the seasonal sales tax rate will increase to 6% effective April 1, 2022, through September 30, 2022. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Tax Office of 907-747-1840 or tax@cityofsitka.org.


Update on Public Access for Construction on the Critical Secondary Water Plant
6/13/2022

Construction on the Critical Secondary Water plant intake continues. Construction activities include rock excavation, blasting, and heavy machinery and trucking access. In order to safely construct the new intake structure, public access to Sawmill Creek in the Gary Paxton Industrial Park area upstream of the ADOT bridge will be closed through July 15. Please avoid the area and obey all project signage. 

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience during this timeframe. Please contact the City and Borough of Sitka Public Works Department with any questions. 907-747-1804.


Katlian Street Open to Vehicular Traffic with Stop in the 400 Block
12/01/2021

The City and Borough of Sitka Fire Department, Police Department, and Public Works have opened Katlian Street to through vehicle traffic in the 400 block with a one-lane, two-way traffic system controlled by a stop sign. Drivers proceed when it is their turn and there is no oncoming traffic. Pedestrian traffic remains closed. Please use caution and follow all signage.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience during this timeframe. Please contact the CBS Public Works Department with any questions. 907-747-1804.