City and Borough of Sitka

Press Releases and Public Service Announcements

 

Planning Commission

04/16/2021

The Planning Commission will hold a regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at Harrigan Centennial Hall. More information on these agenda items can be found at https://sitka.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx or by contacting the Planning Office at 100
Lincoln Street.  Individuals having concerns or comments on any item are encouraged to provide written comments to the Planning Office or make comments at the Planning Commission meeting. Written comments may be dropped off at the Planning Office in City Hall, emailed to planning@cityofsitka.org, or faxed to (907) 747-6138. Those with questions may call (907) 747-1814.

 

Climate Action Task Force Committee

04/15/2021

The Climate Action Task Force will meet on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at Harrigan Centennial Hall, 330 Harbor Drive. Agenda items include: Preparing for Assembly Presentation; Working Groups: City requests, Comparable initiatives Juneau/Anchorage, Co-crafted policy, and Grant opportunities; Long-term climate action planning. The meeting is open to the public.  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and state health mandates encouraging residents to practice social distancing, and limit group gatherings, individuals that would like to participate by teleconference or videoconference can contact jessica.earnshaw@cityofsitka.org or call 747-1826 by 4:00 p.m. the day of the meeting to obtain information to join the meeting.

 

Health Needs and Human Services Commission

04/15/2021

The Health Needs and Human Services Commission will meet on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. via Zoom. Agenda items include: People of the Global Majority in Sitka 2021 Health report; Large-scale composting, community gardens, and food security issues. The meeting is open to the public.  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and state health mandates encouraging residents to practice social distancing, and limit group gatherings, individuals that would like to participate by attending in person or videoconference can contact jessica.earnshaw@cityofsitka.org or call 747-1826 by 10:00 a.m. the day of the meeting to obtain information to join the meeting.

 

 

Alaska Waste Garbage Pickup Resumes

04/16/2021

The City and Borough of Sitka received an update from our contractor Alaska Waste that they are continuing garbage pickup routes with one truck. Customers may experience delays in service. For questions please call Alaska Waste at 907-747-5669.

 

 

Ongoing High Avalanche Hazard in the Sitka Area

04/09/2021

The City and Borough of Sitka received an update of the avalanche activity in the Sitka area. Conditions continue to indicate a high ongoing avalanche risk. Several factors may affect the likelihood of an avalanche including weather, temperature, slope steepness, slope orientation, wind direction, terrain, vegetation, and general snowpack conditions. The City and Borough of Sitka encourages citizens to take precautions.

 

Reminder: Sales Tax Rate Change

03/1/2021

As of April 1st, tax is to be collected at a rate of 6% for the months of April, May, June, July, August, and September. Long Term Commercial Rental tax remains at 5% year-round. Bed Tax for rentals less than 30 days remains at 6% year-round. If you have any questions about the collection of sales tax within the City and Borough of Sitka, please contact the Tax office at 747-1840 or tax@cityofsitka.org.

 

Spring Clean-Up 2021

03/18/2021

Spring Clean-up is slated for April 24th through May 2nd from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Click here to view the full flyer.

 

 

Spring 2021 Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

03/18/2021

Spring 2021 Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event will be held from May 1st from 8:00am to 4:00pm and May 2nd from 8:00am to 3:00pm. Click here for all the details.  

 

Utility Disconnects To Be Reinstated

03/02/2021

Beginning the week of March 8th disconnection of electricity service for nonpayment will resume following the expiration of the State emergency declaration and subsequent extensions. Disconnects for customers on cycle 2 (bills issued around the 14th of the month) will be the week of March 8th, followed by cycle 3 (bills issued around the 21st of the month), the week of March 15th, cycle 4  (bills issued around the 27th of the month) the week  of March 22nd and cycle 1 (bills issued around the 7th of the month) the week of March 29th

 

We encourage customers to work with City and Borough of Sitka staff to enter into a payment plan that will ensure that electricity is not disconnected.  You may reach out to Accounts Receivable staff at accountsreceivable@cityofsitka.org or by calling 747-1859 or by visiting the Account Receivable office on the first floor of City Hall.  In addition to the two rounds of utility subsidies approved by the Assembly last year ($1,000 and $539.66), the following programs may provide additional assistance to those unable to pay their bills:

 

  • Alaska Housing has a new program providing up to 12 months of rent and/or utilities (including past due amounts) for eligible Alaskans.  The deadline for application to this program is March 5th https://www.alaskahousingrelief.org/.