City and Borough of Sitka

Press Releases and Public Service Announcements

Wortman Booster Station Outage

04/07/2020

The City and Borough of Sitka will be making repairs to the Wortman Booster Station Thursday, April 9, 2020 between 9:00 and 10:00 am. Residents on Wortman Loop, Cascade Creek Road, 451-513 Charteris, 1201,1203, and 1205 Georgeson Loop, and 1707-1840 Edgecumbe Drive, will likely experience the loss of water pressure.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions please contact Public Works at 747-1804.

 

Providing Public Testamony at Assembly Meetings During the COVID-19 Pandemic

04/07/2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and local/state regulations requiring residents to stay at home, practice social distancing, and limit gatherings, the City and Borough of Sitka has created an alternative process for citizens to stay connected with the Assembly and provide public testimony on agenda items.

 

How to Provide Testimony:

 

Written Testimony.  Written testimony is encouraged. You may submit your comments by using the public comment form, send an email to clerk@cityofsitka.org, or call 747-1826 prior to 4:00 p.m. the day of the meeting. Please indicate in the subject line which agenda item you are providing written testimony for. Examples: Ordinance or Resolution number, agenda item or description of subject.

 

Telephonic Testimony.  To sign-up for telephonic testimony call the Clerk's Office at 747-1826, send an email to clerk@cityofsitka.org, or complete the online public comment form and state you wish to be called and for what item prior to 4:00 p.m. the day of the meeting.

 

In-Person Testimony During Regular and Special Meetings.  While in-person testimony during regular and special meetings will be taken, we strongly encourage citizens to provide testimony in written or by telephonic form in an effort to comply with local/state health mandates regarding social distancing and group gatherings of 10 or less.

 

To view the online comment form, go to www.cityofsitka.com and click on “Public Comment Submission Form” on the bottom right side of the screen.  It may also be accessed directly at http://www.cityofsitka.com/government/assembly/PublicCommentForm.html

 

What to Expect When Testifying:

 

Public testimony will be heard first from citizens who are in-person at the meeting.

 

Next, public testimony will be heard from citizens who have signed up to testify telephonically at the phone number provided.  The Clerk will call those citizens when it is their turn to speak. Please note: If you do not answer the phone then we will move to the next person on the list. Once you are placed into the meeting, the Presiding Officer will ask that you state your name for the record and then your 3 minutes will begin.

 

Finally, the Clerk will read written testimony submitted.

 

For further information or clarification, contact the Municipal Clerk’s Office at 747-1826 or 747-1811. 

 

 

 

CBS Temporarily Supspends Policies Regarding Utility Bills

04/03/2020

To assist our citizens in this difficult time, the City and Borough of Sitka is enacting the following temporary policies regarding utility bills.

 

•            The Municipality is suspending all disconnections for non-payment of utility charges (related to COVID-19 impacts) until further notice. This is in alignment with Alaska SB 241 (awaiting Governor’s signature).

 

•            The Municipality is waiving late fees for untimely or partial payment of utility charges (related to COVID-19 impacts) for two billing cycles beginning immediately.

 

All utility charges must eventually be paid, and these policies only apply to late fees and disconnections for non-payments that occurred ONLY after the emergency declaration and must be related to COVID-19 impacts. No past charges will be forgiven. We strongly encourage customers to pay what they are able to pay and to contact our Collections Manager at 747-1859 if they have any concerns.

 

Also, once the emergency ends, any account that becomes past due during the emergency period will be required to agree to a written repayment plan, to be completed in the Finance Department.

 

If you are a commercial business that has temporarily closed, the CBS may be able to reduce your solid waste disposal fees by arranging smaller trash receptacles.

 

If you have any questions, please call utility customer service at 747-1818.

 

 

Local Emergency Planning Committee Meeting CANCELLED

04/06/2020 

Notice: Cancellation of Local Emergency Planning Committee meeting. The regularly scheduled Local Emergency Planning Committee meeting for April 9, 2020 has been cancelled.

 

 

Notice Regarding Baranof Warm Springs and Tom Young Cabin

04/03/2020

Bathing facilities at Baranof Warm Springs and Goddard Hot Springs are closed to public until further notice. Tom Young Cabin remains open, but it is advised to follow CDC protocol.

 

To prevent or slow the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), the City and Borough of Sitka is closing the hot tubs at Baranof Warm Springs and Goddard Hot Springs.

 

Tom Young Cabin users shall follow social distancing recommendations while using the camp site.

 

We encourage all to stay active, get fresh air, yet still practice social distancing and follow CDC recommendations. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/index.html

 

Questions may be directed to PIO@cityofsitka.org.


 

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting

04/06/2020 

The Sitka Historic Preservation Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 via a teleconference meeting. The Commission will discuss the Historic Preservation Plan. Public comment is welcome. Commission meetings are open to the public; instructions to join the meeting can be found at https://www.cityofsitka.com/government/departments/planning/index.html

 

 

Sales Tax Reminder

04/03/2020

Reminder to all businesses - the Sales Tax rate has increased to 6% effective Wednesday, April 1st and will continue through September 30th for all sales, services, and short-term rentals, unless otherwise exempted. The sales tax rate remains at 5% for long term rental of real property such as trailer space rent. The Transient Room Tax rate remains at 6% year-round.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Sales Tax Office at (907) 747-1840.

 

Library Offers Limited Services

04/03/2020

Sitka Public Library is now offering limited checkout options while we are closed to the public. Up to three specific titles may be ordered over the phone, or the public can email the library to request a surprise bundle of 5 titles selected by a librarian. To request titles, please call 747-4020 during office hours (Monday-Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM) or send an email to library@cityofsitka.org. For more information please visit the library website or Facebook page.

 

 

Library Commission Meeting

04/03/2020 

The Library Commission will meet via teleconference and videoconference at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Agenda items include: bulletin board and solicitation policy revision, janitorial contract draft, and reports. The meeting is open to the public however, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and local/state regulations requiring residents to stay at home, practice social distancing, and limit gatherings, the CBS has created a process to hold commission meetings via teleconference and/or videoconference. Those who would like to participate can email joanna.perensovich@cityofsitka.org or call 907-747-4023 by 4:00 p.m. the day of the meeting to obtain information to join the meeting.

 

 

Port and Harbors Commission Meeting

04/03/2020 

The Port and Harbors Commission will meet via teleconference and videoconference at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Agenda items include: Safety discussion. Boat trailer Ingress, egress vs. pedestrian traffic, Crescent Harbor boat launch. The meeting is open to the public however, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and local/state regulations requiring residents to stay at home, practice social distancing, and limit gatherings, the CBS has created a process to hold commission meetings via teleconference and/or videoconference. Those who would like to participate can email stan.eliason@cityofsitka.org or call 747-3439 by 4:00 p.m. the day of the meeting to obtain information to join the meeting.

 

 

Health Needs and Human Services Commission Meeting

04/03/2020 

The Health Needs and Human Services Commission will meet via teleconference and videoconference at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, 2020. Agenda items include: Affordability; Substance abuse especially regarding binge drinking in youth; Support creation of a collective impact board; Three-foot bike clearance. The meeting is open to the public however, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and local/state regulations requiring residents to stay at home, practice social distancing, and limit gatherings, the CBS has created a process to hold commission meetings via teleconference and/or videoconference. Those who would like to participate can email melissa.henshaw@cityofsitka.org or call 747-1826 by 12:00 p.m. the day of the meeting to obtain information to join the meeting.

 

 

Tree and Landscape Committee Meeting

04/03/2020 

The Tree and Landscape Committee will meet via teleconference and videoconference at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Agenda items include: 1. Vote to move the meeting time from 5:30 pm to 5:00 pm on the 2nd Wed of every month. 2 Future projects for 2020. The meeting is open to the public however, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and local/state regulations requiring residents to stay at home, practice social distancing, and limit gatherings, the CBS has created a process to hold commission meetings via teleconference and/or videoconference. Those who would like to participate can email melissa.henshaw@cityofsitka.org or call 747-1826 by 4:00 p.m. the day of the meeting to obtain information to join the meeting.

 

 

 

Message to Incoming Travelers through the Harbor System

03/30/2020 

The City and Borough of Sitka Harbor Department would like to remind all incoming travelers to Sitka through the Harbor System to follow all State of Alaska COVID-19 Health Mandates. Please pay special attention to the mandatory quarantine and social distancing. Click here for access to all health mandates.

 

For further information, contact the Harbor Department at 747-3439.

 

 

EPA Encourages Americans to Only Flush Toilet Paper

03/30/2020

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is encouraging all Americans to only flush toilet paper, not disinfecting wipes or other non-flushable items that should be disposed of in the trash. Flushing only toilet paper helps ensure that the toilets, plumbing, sewer systems and septic systems will continue working properly to safely manage our nation’s wastewater. While EPA encourages disinfecting your environment to prevent the spread of COVID-19, never flush disinfecting wipes or other non-flushable items. These easy steps will keep surfaces disinfected and wastewater management systems working for all Americans.

 

Preventable toilet and sewer backups can pose a threat to human health and present an extra challenge to our water utilities and their workforce. Flushing anything other than toilet paper, including disinfecting wipes, can damage internal plumbing, local sewer systems and septic systems. Fixing these backups is costly and takes time and resources away from ensuring that wastewater management systems are otherwise working properly. EPA thanks wastewater utilities and their workforce for their courageous efforts at a time when resources may be stretched thin. Having fully operational wastewater services is critical to containing COVID-19 and protecting Americans from other public health risks. Our nation’s wastewater employees are everyday heroes who are on the front line of protecting human health and the environment every single day.

 

For the latest information from EPA about COVID-19 and water, see: www.epa.gov/coronavirus.

 

 

SFD Search and Rescue Update

03/27/2020

During this time of social distancing, it is natural to think of heading outdoors for some healthy isolation. However, we want everyone to understand the impact the current situation has on our ability to carry out search and rescue operations.

 

Our ability to mount an effective SAR response has already been impacted in a number of ways. We have members in higher-risk demographics who can only contribute from their homes. Some of our members volunteer in the EMS division or work in healthcare-related jobs, which may take priority over SAR operations at this time. Our field team members will need to minimize interactions at the fire hall, and minimize interactions with each other and the public throughout a response. Because of this, we will be slower to reach lost or injured individuals. Our direct contact with lost or injured people will also put us all at risk of transmitting the virus, regardless of whether anyone is showing symptoms.

 

Please keep this in mind when planning your outdoor activities until the critical period of this public health crisis has passed. Please consider lower-risk activities so your chances of injury are minimized, and please consider sticking to areas you know well so your chances of becoming lost are kept to a minimum as well. Similar messages are being shared by search and rescue organizations around the US.

 

If you are heading out, please leave a clear trip plan with someone in town. If you have any questions regarding this announcement, please contact the Sitka Fire Department at 747-3233.

 

 

COVID-19 Information Center

03/19/2020

The City and Borough of Sitka is working closely with local, state, and federal partners to respond to the rapidly-evolving outbreak of COVID-19, a respiratory illness.

 

The City and Borough of Sitka has created a webpage with detailed information on  COVID-19 and the effects on our community.  To access, visit www.cityofsitka.com and click “City of Sitka COVID-19 Information Center” on the home page.

 

A Public Information Officer line has been created and is monitored weekdays from 8am to 5pm.  That number is 747-1899.  Emails may also be sent to pio@cityofsitka.org.

 

 

CBS Contact Information

03/19/2020

The City and Borough of Sitka is here to serve you. CBS offices may be closed to the public, but we are still here to serve you. Call 747-1818 and select the department you wish to speak with. Or, click here to review the list for Department contact information. Visit www.cityofsitka.com for an overview of services.

 

Building Department Update

03/19/2020

Until further notice the City and Borough of Sitka Building Department will continue to issue permits, provide inspections, and answer building code-related questions during this time of concern. Please contact the Building Department for additional information.

 

Building Official, Pat Swedeen: (907) 747-1832 or pat.swedeen@cityofsitka.org  

Building Inspector, Dale Welty: (907) 747-1837 or dale.welty@cityofsitka.org

 

 

Playgrounds / Batting Cage Closed

03/18/2020

To prevent or slow the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), the City and Borough of Sitka is closing all school playgrounds, the Sitka Community Playground, and Moller Complex batting cage and playgrounds.   

 

We encourage children to stay active, get fresh air, yet still practice social distancing and follow CDC recommendations. 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/index.html

 

Questions may be directed to PIO@cityofsitka.org.

 

 

Harbor Restrooms Remain Open

03/17/2020 

Restrooms at Eliason, Thomsen, ANB and Sealing Cove Harbors remain open and are cleaned on a regular basis throughout the day.  Please be mindful of keeping the space clean to minimize exposure risk to our cleaning crews and remember to wash your hands! 

 

 

CBS Payment Update

03/16/2020 

Due to efforts to slow the progression of the COVID-19 virus, the City and Borough of Sitka’s Utility Payment Office is closed to the public, however billing, payment, and utility account setup and closure services remain available.  Staff are available during regular business hours to process credit card payment via phone at 747-1818.  If you wish to pay by check, mail service remains available and payments left in the drop box outside of City Hall will be collected on a daily basis. Please do NOT leave cash in the drop box-if you are unable to make payment by check or credit card, a cashier’s check can be processed at a local bank.  Please feel free to call with any questions.  We appreciate your patience during this time.

 

 

Spring Clean-Up and Household Hazadous Waste Collection Event Postponed

03/16/2020 

Spring Clean-up and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event has been postponed. Dates will be determined at a later time. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

 

Harbor Fee Reminder

03/11/2020 

The Harbor Department would like to remind everyone, starting March 15th fees will be implemented after 24 consecutive hours of use.

 

At the Fishermen’s Work Float and Eliason Harbor Drive Download Zone (reservations required for the drive down).

 

Please contact the Harbor Department at 747-3439 for additional information. 

 

 

Crescent Harbor Float Replacement Project Update

01/24/2020

Due to construction planned for Crescent Harbor Float Replacement Project in the coming week, pedestrian traffic routes along the nearby Sea Walk and access to Floats 5, 6 and 7 will continue to be impacted. The parking lot across from 709 Lincoln Street remains closed, as well. Pedestrian routes are shown on the attached figure. Turnagain Marine Contractors (TMC) will post traffic control signs at critical areas along the Sea Walk and at the entrance to the Crescent Harbor ramps and the parking lot.

 

A crane will be operating in the Crescent Harbor parking lot, just north of the Net Shed. See attached figure. This will limit parking adjacent to the work.

 

Pile installation – both driving and drilling – has begun and is progressing well. Work had been limited to daylight hours, but has recently been extended to sunrise-to-7 p.m. Float 4 has been installed, but is not yet thoroughly secured with all the required pilings.

 

TMC is in the process of demolishing Crescent Harbor Floats 1 through 4 ahead of replacement of the floats, headwalks and gangways. Electrical and water services will also be replaced. TMC expects float installation to be complete in March, with electrical and utility work to follow.

 

Other parking and pedestrian access changes will be needed over the course of the project. Those changes will be posted here on the City and Borough of Sitka PSA page, on the CBS Facebook page, and shared with local media outlets. Please call Public Works with any questions: 747-1804.

 

 

Crescent and Thomsen Harbor Pump Out Stations Closed

12/20/2019

The sewage pump out station at Crescent Harbor is closed for repairs until after the rebuild project is complete. Thomsen Harbor pump out station is also unusable due to the rafting of the boats next it. Harbor users are being asked to use Eliason Harbor pump out station. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Harbor office at 747-3439.

 

 

Moller Park Playground Closures
03/11/2016

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.