City and Borough of Sitka

Press Releases and Public Service Announcements


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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.



Sitka Community Hospital Board Meeting


The Sitka Community Hospital Board will meet for a regular session meeting on Thursday, April 27th 2017 at 6:00pm. Agenda items include: Correspondence, Staff Recognition, Strategic Planning Discussion, SEARHC, Medical Staff By-Laws, Budget Presentation, Board Applicants, Staff Reports and Executive Session; Contract Renewal, CEO. The meeting will be held in the Sitka Community Hospital Classroom and is open to the public. For further information, please contact Denise DenHerder at 747-1725.



Discontinued- Temporary Water Shutoff Notice- Jeff Davis Street Project


The City and Borough of Sitka and contractor Coastal Excavation had an unexpected project change and the temporary water shutoff notice has been rescinded. At this, water services will remain on. Thank you for your patience. The City and Borough of Sitka apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause. Please call Public Works at 747-1804 with questions or concerns.



Temporary Water Shutoff Notice- Jeff Davis Street Project


The City and Borough of Sitka Water Department and contractor Coastal Excavation will be turning off water on Friday, April 21, 2017 to allow for two water valve replacements associated with the Jeff Davis Street Project. Work is expected to begin Friday morning at 9 am and be completed by approximately 2 pm.


The following residences will be affected:

102, 104, 106, 108 Kelly Street.

719, 805, 831, 833, 835, 837, 839, 901 Lincoln Street.

102, 103, 104 A, B, C, 105, 106, 110 Barlow Street.

101, 103 Jeff Davis Street.


Following the work a boil water notice is in effect until a recession notice from the Water Department is issued. Thank you for your patience. The City and Borough of Sitka apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause. Please call Public Works at 747-1804 with questions or concerns.



Outdoor safety educator and author Jerry Dzugan presents: “Enjoying Alaska’s"


Outdoors: Why Smart People Take Dumb Risks,” Thursday, May 11, at 6 p.m., at Sitka Public Library. Everyone is welcome. Call the library at 747-8708 for more information.



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.



Film Noir Club screens “The Asphalt Jungle” at Sitka Public Library


Sitka Public Library’s Film Noir Club screens the 1950 classic noir “The Asphalt Jungle,” starring Sterling Hayden and Marilyn Monroe, Saturday, May 6, 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.



Free Tech Help at SPL


Sitka Public Library is offering FREE one-on-one tech help by appointment for people who need help using the library's online services, Microsoft Office, Facebook, setting up an e-mail account, and other basic tech assistance. The program begins Friday, April 28, and runs through Friday, May 5.


Make an appointment either in person at the library, or by calling 747-8708.


Please note: We are unable to troubleshoot or fix malfunctioning devices, take apart or replace physical parts on a device, or participate in credit card transactions.


Appointments are for a maximum of one hour, and only available during the library’s normal hours of operation.



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



Assessing Department releases Property Assessment Notices

Assessment Review Period through April 14th


Sitka, Alaska –The City and Borough of Sitka Assessing Department recently mailed real property assessment notices for the 2017 tax year. Property taxes are due August 31st.


Assessing Director, Wendy Lawrence, stated staff has been working hard to bring all assessments up to date in a fair, uniform and equitable way. “Most property owners will see an increase of approximately 8% on this year’s assessment,” Lawrence said.


State of Alaska law requires Assessors to value all taxable property at 100% of its true and fair market value in dollars, according to the highest and best use of the property (AS 29.45.110). When determining values, Lawrence relies on comparable sales prices and relevant market data.


Property owners are encouraged to visit the Assessing Office to review assessments, discuss property details or learn more about the valuation methodology. If you feel there is an error, have market data or an appraisal that supports a different value, please submit the information to the Assessor for consideration during the review period of March 14th to April 14th.


Citizens have the right to file a formal appeal, in writing, prior to 4 pm on April 14th. The Assembly sits as the Board of Equalization and will adjudicate on filed appeals on May 1st.


The Sitka taxbase had a net increase in real property values of $48,644,200. Real property gains included an estimated $14,700,000 in new construction, and were offset by a net decrease of -$2,318,230 due to continued increases in exemptions, primarily the senior-citizen and disabled-veteran exemptions.


The City and Borough of Sitka general fund revenue will increase by approximately $125,000 due to higher real property values.


For more information, contact the Sitka Assessing Department at 907-747-1822.



SPD Reports Business Burglaries


The Sitka Police Department has had reports of six burglaries to small businesses in the past 3 months. SPD has made arrests in two of the burglaries and charges are pending against two suspects.


The most recent unsolved burglary occurred last night and there are similarities in how the crimes are being committed:


  • Forced entry is being made into businesses that do not have alarm or video surveillance systems.
  • The suspect(s) appear focused on finding and taking any cash or small safes that they can find.
  • The suspect(s) may commit other theft type crimes when the opportunities present themselves, i.e. riffling thru unlocked cars or boats.
  • From experience, it is likely that the people(s) are using illegal drugs and are trying to fund their addiction. 

SPD is committed to tracking down and arresting the person(s) responsible for these crimes. Please report any suspicious activity, secure your property the best you can, and consider crime prevention technology like video and alarm systems for commercial and personal property.


If you have information about these or any other crimes, please call the SPD at 747-3245 or you can remain anonymous by calling the Crime Line at 747-8980.



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.