Press Releases and Public Service Announcements

Vacancies on Municipal Boards, Commissions, Committees
2/3/2023

Volunteer positions are available on the following Municipal Boards, Commissions, and Committees: Animal Hearing Board (category-specific seats), Health Needs and Human Services Commission, Historic Preservation (STA seat), Library Commission, Parks and Recreation Committee, Tree and Landscape Committee. Interested individuals may submit a board application and letter of interest to the Municipal Clerk’s Office at 100 Lincoln Street or clerk@cityofsitka.org. Applications are available online at www.cityofsitka.com or at the Municipal Clerk’s Office. For further information, contact the Municipal Clerk’s Office at 907-747-1826 or clerk@cityofsitka.org


Sustainability Commission Meeting
2/2/2023

The Sustainability Commission will meet on Tuesday, February 7, 2023, at 6:00 P.M. in Harrigan Centennial Hall, 330 Harbor Drive. Agenda items include approval of the proposed amendments to the Commission bylaws, commissioner feedback on project proposals, and the introduction and explanation of the project proposal staff feedback rubric. The full agenda and meeting packet can be viewed at www.cityofsitka.com/SustainabilityCommission. The meeting is open to the public; for more information, please contact sustainability@cityofsitka.org or (907) 747-1856.


Tree and Landscape Committee Meeting
2/3/2023

The Tree and Landscape Committee will meet on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. at the Harrington Centennial Hall.  Agenda items include: Future projects. The meeting is open to the public.


Historic Preservation Commission Meeting
2/2/2023

The Sitka Historic Preservation Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, at Harrigan Centennial Hall. The Commission will discuss a request for National Registrar process for designation of Sitka Indian Village. Public comment is welcome. Commission meetings are open to the public; for more information, please contact the Planning Department at planning@cityofsitka.org or call (907) 747-1814. 


Port and Harbors Commission Meeting
2/2/2023

The Port and Harbors Commission will meet on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. in Harrigan Centennial Hall, 330 Harbor Drive. Agenda items include:  Harbor Fund report to be given by the Finance Director; Set flat rate dockage and passenger wharfage fees for the Port Facility; Harbor parking fees; Discussions on dog waste on the float systems, and dock carts. The meeting is open to the public.


Local Emergency Planning Committee Meeting
2/2/2023

The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) will meet on Thursday, February 9, 2023, at noon in Harrigan Centennial Hall, 330 Harbor Drive. Agenda items include: Committee reports, Oil and Hazardous Substances Emergency Operation Plan. The meeting is open to the public.


Update of Winter Restroom Closures
1/27/2023

City and Borough of Sitka’s Moller Field Sports Complex, Sandy Beach, and Whale Park restroom facilities have been added to the winter closure rotation and will be closed until April due to multiple attempts of suspected arson, ongoing vandalism, recent illicit drug related activity, and major damage. 

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience during this timeframe. Please contact the Public Works Department with any questions at 907-747-1804. Map of restrooms closed through April 2023.


Summer Program Planning Meeting
1/26/2023

The City and Borough of Sitka Parks and Recreation will be hosting a summer program planning meeting on Wednesday, February 8 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in Room 3, the Steelhead Room at Harrigan Centennial Hall. Organizations offering summer youth activities are invited to share schedules. Parks and Recreation will be facilitating the creation of a calendar of summer youth activities. Those unable to attend the meeting can email their details to recreation@cityofsitka.org.

For more information, please contact Parks and Recreation at recreation@cityofsitka.org or 907.747.4031.


Business Personal Property Declarations
12/16/2022

The City and Borough of Sitka Assessing Department will be sending out Business Personal Property Declarations mid-December. All business personal property subject to taxation is to be itemized and declared per SGC 4.12.050. A declaration form can be requested by emailing assessing@cityofsitka.org. Declarations can be returned to the Assessor’s Office, 100 Lincoln Street, Sitka, AK 99835 or emailed to assessing@cityofsitka.org. Declarations must be post marked or received by 4:00 p.m. February 15, 2023, to avoid a $100 late fee per SGC 4.12.055 and to receive the filing on time $25,000 assessed value exemption per Alaska State Statute 29.45.050.


News Release: City and Borough of Sitka Winter Weather Preparedness
10/28/2022

Sitka, AK – The City and Borough of Sitka (CBS) wants to encourage residents  if not prepared for this winter’s weather to make preparations now. Winter weather may be accompanied by dangerously cold weather, strong winds, coastal flooding, and heavy snow. Residents must be prepared for prolonged power outages, and difficult travel. CBS encourages all residents to stay informed of changing weather conditions, build home emergency kits, have family and business emergency plans, and take some simple steps to mitigate the impacts of severe weather.

Stay Informed – Monitor changing winter weather conditions and receive emergency alerts.

    Monitor the National Weather Center Juneau Forecast office at weather.gov/ajk.

    Have a battery-operated radio to monitor news and weather in case of a power outage.

Build an Emergency Kit – Have an emergency kit in your home and car in case you lose power and/or are isolated during severe winter weather.

    For Your Home – Have enough food, water, batteries, medicine and other supplies in an emergency kit to last for at least 72 hours.

Make an Emergency Plan – Make a plan with your family and household members for what to do and how to communicate in an emergency.

    Identify friends or family that you might stay with if you lose power during cold weather.

    If you receive medical treatments or home health care services, work with your medical provider to determine how to maintain care and service if you are unable to leave your home for a period of time during a winter storm.

    If you have transportation needs, work with local transportation providers to plan ahead for accessible transportation.

    Provide every family member with the name, address, and phone number of the family’s emergency contact.

Prepare your home – Prepare your home for severe weather by taking steps to ensure safety.

    Remove dead or rotting trees and branches.

    Make sure flashlights and candles are accessible in case of a power outage. 

    Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts). 

    Check that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working.

    Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them.

    Insulate your home and take other actions to prepare your home for winter weather. 

    Keep ice melt on hand and shovel snow to prevent ice buildup. 

Additionally, winter storms can cause extended power outages which can be dangerous during extremely cold weather. Have alternate phone charging methods, learn how to use your emergency generator safely, plan for your unique medical needs and take other steps to prepare for power outages.

The City and Borough of Sitka encourage citizens to take precautions. 

For more information, visit the Emergency Preparedness portion of the city’s website https://www.cityofsitka.com/departments/FireDepartment/EmergencyPreparedness

The City and Borough of Sitka’s mission is to provide public services for Sitka that support a livable community for all. Stay connected to the City and Borough of Sitka! Visit us online at www.cityofsitka.com; like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cityandboroughofsitka/; follow us on Instagram @cbsitka; and Twitter @cbsitka; or call Administration at 907.747.1812, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. 


News Release: Launch of City and Borough of Sitka's Open Finance Tool
10/28/2022

Launch of City and Borough of Sitka’s Open Finance Tool

Sitka, Alaska – The City and Borough of Sitka is pleased to announce that Open Finance is live on the city’s website at www.cityofsitka.com, enhancing the use of technology to engage citizens and increase financial transparency. The direct link to Open Finance can be found here: https://cityofsitka.finance.socrata.com/#!/dashboard

“Open Finance is our commitment to improving transparency, participation, and collaboration. It provides information to help citizens understand how their tax dollars are being used and to engage the public in the budget process.” Municipal Administrator John Leach said. “Our finance systems are complicated, and we hope that this system helps answer questions.”

Open Finance allows Sitkans to track how their money is being spent. It provides datasets about the city’s budget, checkbook, and payroll. It also provides simple data visualizations to help the public explore the city’s financial activities. 

Sitkans can benefit from data that help measure policy efforts, increase government operational and processes efficiency, provide deeper analytical insights, and increase citizen participation. 

The full adopted budget can be found on the city’s website Finance Department page by visiting https://www.cityofsitka.com/departments/Finance

Balancing Act, also available on the city’s website, is a budget simulation tool for spending and revenue that allows for public inputs to be considered in the next fiscal year's budget. 

The City and Borough of Sitka’s mission is to provide public services for Sitka that support a livable community for all. Stay connected to the City and Borough of Sitka! Visit us online at www.cityofsitka.com; like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cityandboroughofsitka/; follow us on Instagram @cbsitka; and Twitter @cbsitka; or call Administration, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at 907.747.1812.


Seasonal Sales Tax Rate Change
09/30/2022

The City and Borough of Sitka Tax Office would like to remind all citizens that the seasonal sales tax rate will decrease to 5% effective October 1, 2022, through March 31, 2023. Bed Tax for rentals less than 30 days remains at 6% year-round. If you have any questions, please contact the Tax Office at 907.747.1840 or tax@cityofsitka.org.


Katlian Street Closed to Pedestrian Traffic in the 400 Block
09/29/2022 

The City and Borough of Sitka opened Katlian Street to two-way vehicle traffic in the 400 block. 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.


Recycle Center Accepted Materials
08/17/2022

The City and Borough of Sitka Public Works Department urges citizens to follow instructions and signage at the Recycle Center at 802 Sawmill Creek Road. Recycled items are source separated and baled for shipping off island, contaminates to our recycle goods prevent the CBS from obtaining a return on the recycled materials. The contaminated materials must be sent to the landfill and are costly. 

The Recycle Center accepts aluminum, corrugated cardboard, glass, metal, newspaper, and plastic #1 and #2. For further information, please visit the solid waste page under the Public Works Department at www.cityofsitka.com or call 907.747.1804.


Assembly Meetings - Agenda, Viewing, and Public Comment
07/05/2022

Regular Assembly Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in Harrigan Centennial Hall. Agenda and supporting documentation are available at https://sitka.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx, the Sitka Public Library, or by contacting the Municipal Clerk's Office at City Hall. Public comment on agenda items and “Persons to be heard” is encouraged and welcomed. Citizens may provide comments by email, in person, or by phone. Regular and special Assembly meetings are live-streamed through the City's website and YouTube channel. In addition, regular meetings are aired live on KCAW FM 104.7. To receive Assembly agenda notifications, sign up with GovDelivery on the City’s website.

For more information, visit https://www.cityofsitka.com/CityAssembly or contact the Municipal Clerk's Office at 747-1826 or 747-1811.


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

The City and Borough of Sitka Public Works Department have 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 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.