City and Borough of Sitka

Press Releases and Public Service Announcements


                                                                    Sign up for email updates on this page!Sign Up For Email Update




Boil Water Notice

For the City of Sitka's Water Services for

Old Harbor Mount Road Residences


The Department of Environmental Conservation's Drinking Water Program, in conjunction with the City of Sitka, has issued a boil water notice for all users of the City's public water system located on the main line serving, Old Harbor Mountain Road residences, until further notice.


Due to water main repair work and a loss of pressure, the water system has an increased chance for microbiological contamination. Therefore, users of the water system in the locations noted above should boil all water used for potable purposes for at least two minutes prior to use.


This Boil Water Notice is being issued because the water main serving Old Harbor Mountain Road is being repaired, leaving the system without water pressure. Loss of water pressure can result in back-siphonage and infiltration of contaminated water into the distribution lines. This increases the risk of bacteria or other micro-organisms contaminating the water system. The City of Sitka will restore the water pressure, disinfect and flush the water lines and have the water tested for bacteria. Users of the water system in the above noted locations should not use the water for any potable purposes until DEC and the City have announced that the water has been tested and determined to be safe to drink.


This public health advisory is required by DEC and provided to you by the City of Sitka to help ensure that your health is protected. For more information regarding this notice, please feel free to call the DEC office at (907) 262-3403 or call the City of Sitka Public Works office at (907) 747-1804 for more information.



Comp Plan Open House


The Planning Commission will hold a Comprehensive Plan Open House event at Harrigan Centennial Hall on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 from 5-8 PM. Topics will include Transportation; Parks, Trails, and Recreation; and Historical, Cultural, and Arts Resources. Commission meetings are open to the public.



Vulnerable Vietnam: A Photo Story Focused on Climate Change Presentation at SPL


On Thursday, June 1 at 6:00 p.m., Sitka Public Library is honored to host Lione Clare and her presentation, Vulnerable Vietnam: A Photo Story Focused on Climate Change in the Mekong Delta. Recently, Ms. Clare traveled to that region to study climate change and develop a photo storytelling project, as part of a study abroad program offered by her university. 


Lione Clare was born and raised in Sitka, Alaska and fell in love with nature at a young age. Her interest in photography that began at thirteen quickly developed into an avid passion that has since won her local, state, and international awards, as well as many special opportunities. Lione was selected as one of ten students to receive a 2013 North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) high school scholarship to attend the summit conference and learn from professional photographers. In March 2015, she was invited to be the guest young photographer on a two-week wildlife photography safari in Tanzania. She loves traveling and has also been to Mexico, Perú, Bolivia, Guatemala, and Costa Rica.


Lione studies resource conservation, climate change studies, and media arts at the University of Montana and will graduate this December. She loves to get outside, whether that’s to take photos, hike, boat, ski, run, sea kayak, or camp.  To see Lione’s photography, check out her new website, or follow her on Instagram @lioneclarephotography.


For further information on this or other programs at Sitka Public Library, please feel free either to visit us at 320 Harbor Drive, to call us at (907) 747-8708, or email us at You can also check us out on the web or on Facebook. 



Crescent Harbor Playground to Remain Open Amidst Construction


The City and Borough of Sitka and contractor CBC Construction will begin work on the Crescent Harbor lift station site, adjacent the Crescent Harbor Playground, on Monday, May 22nd. The Crescent Harbor playground will remain open during the construction work. The contractor will be relocating the playground fence but access will remain open via the gate near the tennis courts. We apologize for any inconvenience.



SPL Closed on Memorial Day


Sitka Public Library will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 29, 2017. We will reopen for regular business hours at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30.  If you require any further information, please visit us at 320 Harbor Drive, call (907) 747-8708, or email Thank you.



Sitka Public Library Offers Free Basic Computer Class For Adults


Sitka Public Library is offering a free Computer Basics class for adults who have very limited or no previous experience with computers.


This class has 5 sessions, held at the library each day, Monday-Friday, May 22-26, at 9 a.m. Classes will last approximately one hour. Participants must be able to attend all five days.


Topics to be covered include:


  • Using the mouse and keyboard 
  • Working in Microsoft Windows 
  • Introduction to Microsoft Word 
  • Surfing the Internet Using email

Register either in-person at the library, or by calling the library at 747-8708. Registration is required and must happen before the start of the first session. Space is limited. 



Sitka citywide clean up


The City and Borough would like to say thank you to everyone who participated in the citywide clean up efforts. The Sitka High track team, Rotary Club of Sitka, Sitka Community Hospital and AmeriCorps, along with countless other volunteers donated their time to beautifying our community. We appreciate your work and look forward to another clean up next year.



Multiple Avalanches Reported


The City and Borough of Sitka was recently alerted of multiple avalanches in the Sitka area, specifically around Blue Lake. Several factors may affect the likelihood of an avalanche, including weather, temperature, slope steepness, slope orientation, wind direction, terrain, vegetation, and general snow pack conditions. The City and Borough of Sitka encourages citizens to take precautions.



SPL Accepts Most Major Credit/Debit Cards


Sitka Public Library now accepts most major credit/debit cards for electronic payments on library account balances. Patrons can make these payments by accessing their account page from the library’s electronic catalog, using their library card number and PIN. In person payments to Sitka Public Library may still be made by cash or check. 


The new system has been put in place to increase convenience and efficiency, as a feature of our being part of the Alaska Joint Library Consortium, which allows over 60% of Alaskans to share resources among public, academic, and research libraries around the state.  To receive assistance with making online payments, or for any further information, please visit us at 320 Harbor Drive, call (907) 747-8708, or email



Sitka Ranked 5th Safest City in Alaska


Sitka, Alaska – The City and Borough of Sitka was recently designated as one of the safest cities in Alaska by SafeWise, source for Home Security and Safety advice. SafeWise compared criminal activity and the FBI Crime Report statistics from 2015, along with population data, to determine that Sitka was the 5th Safest City in Alaska.


SafeWise noted Sitka has 1.58 violent crimes per 1,000 people and 16.61 property crimes per 1,000 people. Last year Sitka was ranked 8th throughout the State.


Cordova, ranked 1st, Unalaska, ranked 2nd, Haines, ranked 3rd, and Wrangell, ranked 4th, were the other communities on the SafeWise Safest Cities in Alaska list. None of the safest cities reported a murder and only one reported a robbery. For more information, visit



Green Lake Hydro Plant Back in Service


The Green Lake Hydro plant was returned to service on January 7, 2017, nearly 84 days after the inspection of the dam intake gate revealed a failed hydraulic cylinder.  This critical dam safety device was a 35 year old carbon steel hydraulic cylinder located at the bottom of a 165 deep shaft within the Green Lake dam.  Green Lake power plant is a very valuable asset for this community and this gate protects the plant in the event of a major failure. This gate needs to function properly to protect the plant, our employees, and the community.  It has been replaced with a new stainless steel version and the plant is back in service providing clean, reliable and inexpensive power to our community.


The work required to replace this gate was extensive.  Not only should we thank the Electric Department crews that spent day after day at the bottom of the 165ft deep shaft but also the Fire Department, Search and Rescue crews, and topside staff that helped us work safely.  Additionally, City staff, including Public Works and the Electric Department, worked tirelessly during the holidays to ensure that the Green Lake roads were clear and that our diesel generation remained in service.  We should also thank Petro Marine, Delta Western, AML and Sampson for keeping fuel available and getting our critical parts to us quickly.   


As a community, we need to continue to inspect, test, repair and replace the critical equipment in our aging infrastructure to ensure that we avoid long, unplanned electrical outages.  Again, we want to thank our customers for their patience and support.  Please remember… “It was brand new in ‘82”.



Sitka receives grant from Rasmuson Foundation for William Stortz Gallery


Sitka, Alaska –The Rasmuson Foundation recently announced that the City and Borough of Sitka (CBS) has been awarded a $15,000 grant for the William Stortz Gallery. The Tier 1 grant is for installation of lighted display cases on the 2nd floor foyer of City Hall. The project should be completed by December 31, 2017.


On December 2, 2015 the second floor foyer was dedicated as the “William Stortz Gallery,” to feature local artists’ work to the public. Willam Stortz was CBS’s Building Official who was lost in the August 18, 2015 landslides. Norm Campbell and The Greater Sitka Arts Council manage the gallery’s exhibitions and were instrumental in securing the grant.


Rasmuson Foundation was created in May 1955 by Jenny Rasmuson to honor her late husband E.A. Rasmuson. The Foundation is a catalyst to promote a better life for all Alaskans.


For more information, contact Administration at 907-747-1808.



Changes to Electric Utility Policies


The City and Borough of Sitka Assembly recently approved changes to the Electric Utility Policies, including elimination of courtesy disconnection notices, increased fees for disconnects, rate increases and other changes to service connection, billing and credit policies. If you need information about the many convenient ways to pay your bill or are struggling to pay, contact the City and Borough of Sitka at 747-1818.



Utility Assistance Program




Go Paperless with the City


The City now offers paperless billing and online bill pay for utility accounts. You can also view and print statements, view consumption statements, and reprint bills.


To access your account, you will need a PIN number designated to your account.


Please call 747-1818 to receive your PIN number and instruction on how to access your account online. 



Moller Park Playground Closures


The west and east playgrounds at Lower Moller Park are closed until further notice. The City and Borough of Sitka’s number one priority is safety and a recent audit shows that the playgrounds are not in compliance with safety standards.  The City and Borough of Sitka Parks and Recreation Department apologizes for the inconvenience.  For more information, call Public Works Department at 747-1804.



Utility Customer Service Hours at City Hall


Effective December 1st, Utility Customer Service hours at City hall will be 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. Telephonic Customer Service will be limited.