Testing for the Blue Lake Emergency Action Plan will be conducted by the City Electric Department on Monday, December 1 at 10 am. City engineers will simulate a Dam Break Warning and will be utilizing the emergency call-out list to notify participants. This test will primarily affect the Sitka Fire Department and tenants at the Gary Paxton Industrial Park. The siren from the old Blue Lake powerhouse may also be tested during this time as well. For more information please call 747-1870.
The City and Borough of Sitka (CBS) will be rebuilding Edgecumbe Drive in the Summer of 2015, along with our design-build team consisting of S&S General Contractors and DOWL HKM. You can view current design plans by clicking on the link below.
The drawings detail our plan to eliminate the bike lane on the roadway and to provide a shared-use path for pedestrians and slow-moving cyclists. The existing roadway, with a bike lane in only one direction, runs counter to the recommendations of the Uniform Vehicle Code. The plans also detail modifications to the Kostrometinoff and Kashevaroff intersections to make them safer for students going to or from Keet Gooshi Heen. Finally, we propose to convert the Kimsham intersection to a 4-way stop, with Wachusetts Street entering Kimsham Street, rather than directly entering the current 5-way intersection. There are site distance issues when vehicles are travelling uphill on Kimsham. Concerns with stopping on grade at the intersection will be addressed by adding a heating element to the pavement, thereby alleviating the potential for icing at that location.
Although we will consider any public comments on the project at any time, we encourage residents to provide any comments or questions on the 35% plans to CBS Senior Engineer David Longtin (747-1883, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) by December 1 to allow us to stay on schedule with our design.
Click to view: Artist’s rendition of the shared-use path
A draft of the proposed City and Borough of Sitka Stormwater Ordinance and Design Standards is now available for review and comment. Click to view the document: Stormwater Ordinance and Design Standard. The goal of this ordinance is to protect and preserve public interest by regulating the planning, construction, and maintenance of public and private storm drainage systems within the CBS. This was developed as a byproduct of the Sitka Stormwater Management Plan which was completed in 2013 utilizing grant funding provided by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.
City Staff will be taking this ordinance to the Planning Commission prior to asking the Assembly to formally adopt this ordinance, however are opening this up for public comment first. Please return any questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 18, 2014.
At approximately 9:15am the Indian River water treatment plant was shut down and Sitka is now being served only Blue Lake water.
It will take a few days, depending on the location, for the Blue Lake water to cycle through the distribution and storage tank systems.
For additional information please contact Public Works at 747-1806.
In the ongoing effort to reduce costs to our taxpayers while maintaining acceptable levels of service to our community, the City and Borough of Sitka is considering not filling a vacancy in the Utility Customer Service staff. A reduction in Utility Costumer Service hours will be tested for 3 weeks to determine the impact on customers and staff.
The new Utility Customer Service hours at City Hall will be limited to noon to 4:45pm, Monday through Friday, from November 10 through November 28. Telephonic Utility Customer Service, including telephonic payments on accounts, will be limited to the hours of 9:00am to noon.
If the results of the test are positive, and the impact on the staff and customers is minimal, the modification will become permanent and the funds budgeted for the position will be reallocated to road repairs.
The generation outage is over! The outage ended on Friday, October 24, when Blue Lake Power House turbine number 5 was brought online for 12 hours. The water tunnel will be dewatered this week for inspection and if the inspection goes well, the new Blue Lake Powerhouse will be online for good. The power supply status will remain yellow for just a few more days.
Testing of the Blue Lake water treatment plant will happen this week so Sitka will continue to get drinking water from the Indian River filtration plant until the end of next week or possibly sooner if testing goes well.
The last concrete placement occurred on the dam today bringing the total amount of concrete in the 83’ rise to over 9,000 cubic yards.
For updates on water quality, equipment testing, progress and more information please visit www.facebook.com/cityofsitka or www.bluelakeexpansion.com. Sign up for text/email updates on GovDelivery at www.cityofsitka.com.
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
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
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
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.