City and Borough of Sitka

Press Releases and Public Service Announcements



Gary Paxton Industrial Park Board of Directors Meeting


The Gary Paxton Industrial Park Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday November 22, 2017 at 2:30p.m. at the NSRAA building at the Gary Paxton Industrial Park. Agenda items include: GPIP Port Planning/Tariff Schedule, Administration Building-Invitation to Bid, Sawmill Farm Lease Area, GPIP Site Clean-Up and GPIP Dock Camera System. The meeting is open to the public.



Electric Meter Accessibility Reminder


With winter approaching, the City and Borough of Sitka’s Electric Department would like to take a moment to remind our customers of the importance of accessibility in regards to your electric meter. Reduced daylight and inclement weather can make reading and servicing your meter more difficult and hazardous during the winter months. The City asks that you please take a few moments to make sure there is a clear path to access your electric meter, as well as clear away any vegetation or other obstructions that may restrict visibility or access to your electrical service. The Electric Department thanks you for your help in making sure that we are able to continue serve you in the safest, most efficient way possible.



Health Needs and Human Services Commission Meeting


The Health Needs and Human Services Commission will meet at noon on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at Harrigan Centennial Hall, 330 Harbor Drive. Agenda items include: Cigarette Butts public comment; Tobacco 21; Public Health Strategies/2018 Goals; Sugar Sweetened Beverage Excise Tax Ordinance. The meeting is open to the public.



Planning Commission Meeting


The Planning Commission will meet on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 in Harrigan Centennial Hall at 7:00 p.m. You can find the agenda by clicking on this link: The meeting is open to the public.



Electrical Outage near Peterson Avenue and Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School


Our customers near Peterson Avenue and the Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School experienced an outage this morning (11/16/2017) from 6:18AM through 7:04AM when an old high voltage cable termination failed. The electrical fault was limited to about fifty customers. Backup systems were connected which returned all customers to service by 7:04AM. The failed termination will be repaired and the system will likely be returned to normal operation by 11/17/2017. We want to thank our customers for their patience and understanding.



Film Noir to Screen "Remember the Night" at SPL


Sitka Public Library’s Film Noir Club screens the 1940 Christmas classic “Remember the Night,” written by Preston Sturges and starring Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray, Saturday, December 16, at 7:00 p.m., at the Library.


This event is free to the public, and free refreshments, including popcorn and “Noireos” will be provided. Everyone is welcome. Please call the Library at 747-8708 for more information.



Parks and Recreation Committee Meeting

The Parks and Recreation Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 12:00 pm at Harrigan Centennial Hall 330 Harbor Drive. Agenda items include: Update Sitka Community Playground, and Lincoln Street Parking. The meeting is open to the public.



Lincoln Street Storm drain and Sanitary Sewer Maintenance


The City and Borough of Sitka Public Works Department will be cleaning and inspecting storm drain and sanitary sewer systems along Lincoln Street. In the coming weeks, there will be brief periods when traffic is reduced to one lane and parking is limited. We apologize for any inconvenience.



Changes to Recycling Program


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 We apologize for any inconvenience.



Changes to the Seasonal Sales Tax Rate and Tax Cap


The City and Borough of Sitka Tax office would like to remind all citizens of changes to the seasonal sales tax and tax cap exemption effective October 1st. The seasonal sales tax will return to the winter rate of 5%, through March 31, 2018, and the tax cap will increase to $12,000. Both will go into effect this Sunday, October 1st. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Tax Office at 747-1840 or email



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.