City and Borough of Sitka

Press Releases and Public Service Announcements


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Police and Fire Commission Meeting


The Police & Fire Commission will meet Wednesday, June 28th at 6 PM at Centennial Hall.  Items on the agenda include Parking Citation Hearing Board and Proposed revision of SGC 10.24 - Fireworks.  This meeting is open to the public.



Special Historic Preservation Commission Meeting


The Historic Preservation Commission will hold a special meeting in the 3rd Floor Conference Room at City Hall on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 12:00 PM. The Commission will discuss a CLG grant application for a cemetery cataloging project and a request for review for a project at 719 Lincoln Street. Public comment is welcome. Commission meetings are open to the public.



Computer Basics Class Offered at SPL


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, July 17-21, 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, navigating the Internet, introduction to MS Word, using email, and more.  


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. 



Library Commission Meeting


The July meeting of the Library Commission for the City & Borough of Sitka is scheduled for Wednesday, July 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Sitka Public Library.  Everyone is invited to attend.  For further information, please visit the library at 320 Harbor Drive, call (907) 747-8708, or email



Green Lake Power Plant Shut Down


The Electric Department shut down the Green Lake Power Plant at approximately 1 PM today due to a “firehose” size leak in one of the 40 year old electrical conduits located inside the water penstock tunnel between the dam and the powerhouse. This failure was causing water to be released down a two inch conduit and into the Green Lake powerhouse. No imminent danger or further unknown hazard is expected and repairs will be identified and completed as soon as reasonably possible. Currently, the Blue Lake project is supplying all power to the community and the Jarvis diesel units remain as back-up.


These failures are a reminder to the Community that our established plans to repair our old infrastructure are important to the success of our City and Borough. These infrastructure plans include the Electric Department, Harbors, Waste Water, and Drinking Water systems. Additionally, this should serve to clarify to the Community the need to continue to support an alternate drinking water source system in the event that the Blue Lake penstock will one day need to be shut down for a repair or maintenance. Again, all of us at the City would like to thank the Community for your patience and support. We are working thoughtfully to serve the needs of our customers.



Film Noir Club screens “Chinatown” at Sitka Public Library


Sitka Public Library’s Film Noir Club screens the 1974 classic “Chinatown,” starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway, Saturday, July 8, at 7 p.m., at the library. This event is free to the public. Everyone is welcome.  Refreshments will be provided. Call the library at 747-8708 for more information.



Adult Summer Library Program at SPL


The Adult Summer Library Program at Sitka Public Library begins Monday, June 5, and runs through August 12. The theme this summer is "Build a Better World." Adults who register for the Adult Summer Library Program read books or listen to audio books and enter weekly drawings for prizes. The adult who reads or listens to the most books at the end of the program wins the grand prize – a $75 gift certificate to Old Harbor Books. All adults are welcome to sign up at the library and participate in the Adult Summer Library Program! For more information, call the Library at 747-8708.



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 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



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.



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.