City and Borough of Sitka

Press Releases and Public Service Announcements




For Residents and Business’s at 720, 800, 802, 805, 817, 819, 821, 825, 827, 829 Pherson Street. 515 Verstovia St. and 103, 105, 815 Austin Street are no longer on a boil water notice.


The Department of Environmental Conservation's Drinking Water Program, in

coordination with the City of Sitka, has rescinded the precautionary Boil Water Notice (BWN) that was issued on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017.


The BWN was issued because the water main was shut off that serves: 720, 800, 802, 805, 817, 819, 821, 825, 827, 829 Pherson Street. 515 Verstovia St. and 103, 105, 815 Austin Street leaving the system without water pressure. The City and Borough of Sitka has been able to restore water pressure. Total coliform (bacteria) samples, collected after water pressure was restored, have tested clean and adequate chlorine residual readings have been recorded. These test results indicate that the water is safe to drink.


The effective date and time of the BWN closure is September 20th, 2017, 1:00 PM.

The users of the water system may now drink the water without boiling it first.


For more information regarding the closure of the boil water notice, please contact

The City of Sitka Public Works office at (907) 747-1806 or the DEC office at (907) 262-5210 or (907) 262-3403.


PWSID# AK2-130075

Issued Date: 09/20/17



Seward Street Road and Water Closures


The City and Borough of Sitka Water Department will begin repairs on a water line located on Seward Street. Seward Street road will be closed starting at 10:00 P.M, Wednesday September 20, 2017 from Lake Street to the first driveway of 327 Seward Street (Seward Square Mall).


The Water Department will shut the main down to replace a water valve. This will result in a brief water outage and subsequent boil water notice for residences at the following address:


Seward Street: 319, 320, 323, 327

Lake Street: 203

Lincoln Street: 321


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.



**Updated Notice** Pherson Street Hydrant Project Water Shutoff Notice and Pherson St. Crosstrail Entrance Closure


The Pherson St. entrance to the Crosstrail will be closed from 9/19-9/21

The City of Sitka Water Division will need to shut off portions of the water mains on Pherson, Austin and Verstovia Streets. This temporary shutdown will be delayed until Tuesday, September 19, 2017 between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.


Addresses affected:


720, 800, 802, 805, 817, 819, 821, 825, 827, 829 Pherson Street

515 Verstovia Street

103, 105, 815 Austin Street.


CBS will try to minimize the period when the water is turned off. 


Per Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation regulations, CBS is required to issue a boil water notice following such workThe boil water notice is in effect until you receive a rescission notice from the Water Division.   Once the work is completed the water will be tested for microbial contaminants at several locations.  Following one set of “clean” test results the boil water notice will be lifted; this is anticipated to happen Wednesday afternoon September 20th if all goes as planned.  Once water is restored, it is likely that some air will get trapped in your service lines.  To vent the air, gently flow the cold water – an outside faucet is a good location.


Residents in the affected homes should consider storing drinking water Tuesday morning to last the duration of the boil water notice.  Also note for those who plan to be home during the water shut-off, a bucket of water poured rapidly into the toilet will flush it like normal. 


The City & Borough of Sitka apologizes for any inconveniences this may cause.  Thank you for your cooperation.  Please contact the PW Department at 747-1804 with any questions.



Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event


Click here for all the details regarding the upcoming Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event to be held Saturday, September 30 to Sunday, October 1.



City and Borough of Sitka 2017 Property Tax Bills Mailed


Property Tax Bills are due September 29, 2017 by 4:00 p.m. Payments may also be delivered to the City Hall drop box or post marked by due date to be accepted on time.


Recent system conversions and software updates provides new benefits for citizens and features some changes in the look and content of the bills. Finance, Information Technology and Assessing Staff have spent countless hours reviewing data to ensure this new property tax system is a success. An example of an obstacle to overcome was inconsistencies in data account names. In order to send multiple bills to the same responsible owner, the account names had to be exactly the same – one character or space difference caused bills to not group correctly. Employees had to check hundreds of historical accounts by hand to identify inconsistencies. We appreciate your patience as we integrate this new software.


The following will address some questions on the format and receipts of property tax bills:


  • The property tax bills are correct, however not all property data was printed on the bills this year.
  • If your property tax is paid through Mortgage or Escrow, then you were also sent a copy of your bill-this is just a copy for your records.
  • The owner marked at the top of your billing statement is the current marked primary owner. If you need a copy of the tax bill with both owners or if you’d like to change the primary owner, please contact the Tax Office.
  • Assessment Values did not fully populate into Property Tax Bill form. The first line that did populate is ONLY the land value of your property. Next year there will be a second line item for improvement/home value and a third line for exemptions. The tax amount is correct as it is calculated on full assessment minus exemptions.  Ownership, mailing and valuation information is available online at

If you would like a reprint of your bill, or if you feel there are issues that extend beyond the format of the bill, please contact the Tax Office at 907-747-1853.



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.