City and Borough of Sitka

Press Releases and Public Service Announcements

 

Ask the Administrator

5/23/2018

Have a question about City and Borough of Sitka operations, budget, taxes, etc.? Ask the Administrator! Post your question on the City and Borough of Sitka Facebook page or email it to administration@cityofsitka.org. Administrator Keith Brady will answer it on Wednesday, May 30th, 6:00 p.m. at the Sitka Public Library. For more information call Administration at 747-1808.

 

 

Gary Parton Industrial Park Deep Water Dock Grand Opening

5/25/2018 

Please join the City and Borough of Sitka and the Gary Paxton Industrial Park Board of Directors for the grand opening of the GPIP deep water dock at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 31st. Learn how the dock was funded, the construction process, dock capabilities and how you can make reservations to use the new infrastructure. For additional information, contact SEDA at 747-2660.

 

 

Drinking Water Week

5/07/2018 

We depend on our drinking water supply daily – but where does that water come from? The City and Borough of Sitka encourages you to get to know Blue Lake, our local water source, so together, we can protect and preserve it. The investments we make as a community to protect our water source now ensure we have a sustainable drinking water supply for the future. This message is brought to you by the American Water Works Association and the City and Borough of Sitka. For more information, visit www.cityofsitka.com.

 

 

Protecting Blue Lake Watershed

4/26/2018 

The City and Borough of Sitka requests citizen’s help in protecting our Blue Lake Watershed. Water is a fragile and precious resource, essential to all forms of life and to our economies. Water resources are affected by both natural and human activities. Help us preserve and protect the water quality by picking up your trash and pet waste. Practice responsible recreation in our watershed and leave no trace. Clean water starts with you. For more information, contact the CBS Environmental Superintendent at 747-4060.

 

 

Changes to Senior Sales Tax Exemption

4/25/2018 

The City and Borough of Sitka will be making changes to the senior sales tax exemption beginning July 2018. Recently the Assembly voted to change the senior sales tax exemption to the need based rebate program. If you are 65 and receiving assistance, you may be eligible for a rebate. Rebates can be submitted to the Finance Department between January 1, 2019 – March 31, 2019. Rebates will then be issued to qualified applicants in July, 2019. For more information, visit cityofsitka.com or call the Finance Department at 747-1840.

 

 

Residential Electric Summer Seasonal Rate Change- Effective

April 1, 2018

4/11/2018   

The City and Borough of Sitka would like to remind our residential customers that as of April 1st electrical rates increased to the summer seasonal rate of $0.192 per kWh. This rate will continue until the last billing cycle in September when rates will again reduce to the winter seasonal rate of $0.120 per kWh.

 

Electric Utility Director Bryan Bertacchi, says the intent of including a seasonal electrical rate was to benefit year round residents. “Our resident community members benefited during the cold winter months with very low electric rates.  As a not-for-profit business, increasing the rates in April allows us to share the cost of our community owned electric utility with the seasonal visitors and provides the mechanism to keep our winter rates very low.”

 

Ordinance 2017-06S was approved by the Assembly on March 28, 2017, with a 4-1 vote. The ordinance permits a seasonal rate structure with lower kWh rates in the winter months and higher kWh rates in the summer. 

 

Some citizen’s utility bills are affected to a greater degree due to utility bill cycles. Utility bills are broken into 4 cycles. The electrical consumption generated in March but billed in April, will be charged the seasonal summer rate. The opposite occurs in the fall, the electrical consumption generated in September but billed in October, will be charged the seasonal winter rate.

 

Cycle Number

Start Date (of the month)

End Date (of the month)

Bill Date

1

7th

6th

7th

2

14th

13th

14th

3

21st

20th

21st

4

28th

27th

28th

 

Example: Cycle 1 would have a Start Date of March 7th, an End Date of April 6th, and a Bill Date of April 7th.

 

Electric utility bills consist of the period consumption, multiplied by the seasonal rate, plus the base customer charge, currently $20.48.

 

For more information, contact the Electric Department at 747-4000.

 

 

FY2017 Independent Audit Has No Findings or Directed Adjustments

3/12/2018  

Sitka, Alaska –The City and Borough of Sitka Finance Department recently received the Independent Auditor’s Report and opinion from auditors BDO USA, LLP.

 

Chief Finance and Administrative Officer Jay Sweeney, said “I am very proud to say that the Municipality had no auditor-directed adjustments and no single audit act findings this year. All prior audit-related issues have been completely resolved. Having a completely clean audit (no findings, no adjustments) is rarely achieved by governmental organizations.”

 

By City Charter, the Assembly oversees an annual audit by an independent auditor. The report states that an audit includes evaluating the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of significant accounting estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements.

 

BDO USA, LLP, issued the “opinion, based on their audit and the report of the other auditors, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the respective financial position of the governmental activities, the business-type activities, the aggregate discretely presented component units, each major fund, and the aggregate remaining fund information of the City and Borough of Sitka, as of June 30, 2017, and the respective changes in financial position and, where applicable, cash flows thereof for the year then ended in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America”.

 

Due to the scope and complexity of the accounting performed by the City and Borough of Sitka, as well as stringent audit standards, it took auditors five months to complete their review.

 

The finalized audit allows for publishing of the FY2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) which was prepared by municipal staff. Staff spent over 200 hours preparing the report. The CAFR has been submitted to the Government Finance Officers Association for consideration for a Certificate Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.  

 

Administrator Keith Brady thanked Director Sweeney and the Finance Department for their dedication to excellence. “We are blessed to have such a skilled staff,” said Brady.

 

Both the BDO USA, LLP, Independent Auditor’s Report and the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report are available at www.cityofsitka.com under the Finance Department. 

 

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

 

 

The Superior Court Upholds CBS’s Procurement Methodology on GPIP Dock

3/02/2018 

Sitka, Alaska – The Sitka Superior Court recently ruled in favor of the City and Borough of Sitka’s (CBS) decision to use a design-build contract to procure a multi-purpose dock facility at the Gary Paxton Industrial Park (GPIP).

 

In 2012, CBS received an approximately $7.5 million grant from the State of Alaska to construct a multi-purpose dock facility at GPIP. During the procurement phase of the project, CBS determined that the cost to construct the project far exceeded the available budget. To meet this challenge, CBS decided that it would use a design-build procurement methodology to obtain the best value at the most economic cost. Upon learning of CBS’s approach, plaintiff Marko Dapcevich argued the City’s Charter only permitted hard dollar competitive bids for public projects. Dapcevich alleged that CBS violated the Charter and filed a Superior Court Complaint on March 30, 2017. The Complaint was amended April 18, 2017, naming Mayor Matthew Hunter and former Municipal Administrator Mark Gorman in their individual capacities.

 

CBS strongly disagreed with Dapcevich’s claims as the Public Works Department had diligently pursued the most efficient and economical approach to procuring the GPIP floating dock facility. The CBS team thoughtfully reviewed various procurement approaches and properly followed the City Charter and Sitka General Code (Code) in the selection of a contractor for the project. The parties filed a series of motions seeking a judicial decision on their respective legal rights.

 

After reviewing the motions and conducting an oral argument, the Superior Court upheld CBS’s position on the Charter and Code issuing a sixty-nine page decision establishing that the City’s procurement approach and its interpretation of the Charter and Code was legal. With Dapcevich’s agreement not to appeal, CBS agreed not to seek payment of partial attorney’s fees available by court rule.

 

The decision promotes the public’s best interest by paving the way for the City’s future use of all modern economic and efficient procurement methods for public improvement projects.

 

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

 

 

Crescent Harbor Playground Closed

3/02/2018  
The Crescent Harbor Playground will be closed Monday, March 5 weather permitting until further notice. Construction will begin for the new playground at the same site. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please contact the City and Borough of Sitka at 747-1804 with any questions.

 

 

Love Your Library

2/05/2018

Sitka Public Library kicks off a new program, Love Your Library, a community engagement campaign on social media for residents of Sitka to share book & movie recommendations with each other. Every week, Sitka Public Library hopes to post a photo of someone taken at the Library with their favorite library resource and a brief quote about why they love the Library or library resource. It can be any material (book, movie, CD, periodical or materials from the Local History Room) or highlighting a service or program at the Library – or even just the view from the windows! Drop by the Library on Tuesday, February 13, from 6:30 to 7:30, or anytime during Library hours, and tell us why you Love Your Library.

 

For more information, please call the library at 747-8708.

 

 

Changes to Recycling Program

11/07/2017

The City and Borough of Sitka Recycling Center will no longer be accepting Plastics 3 through 7 or mixed paper for recycle. Worldwide demand for recyclable products has declined and forced Republic Services, our waste collection contractor, to stop accepting the materials. Cardboard, Tin, Aluminum, glass, and plastics 1 and 2 will continue to be collected. For more information, visit cityofsitka.com. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

 

Changes to Electric Utility Policies
11/02/2016 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.

 

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.

 

 

Utility Customer Service Hours at City Hall
12/1/2014

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.