City and Borough of Sitka

Press Releases and Public Service Announcements

 

Nelson Logging Road Closure

05/12/2021

In order to safely install approximately 200 feet of guardrail at the entrance of Nelson Logging Road, the road will be closed between May 17, 2021 and May 21, 2021.

 

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience during this timeframe. Please contact the CBS Public Works Department with any questions. 907-747-1804.

 

 

Climate Action Task Force

05/13/2021

The Climate Action Task Force will meet on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. in Harrigan Centennial Hall, 330 Harbor Drive. Agenda items include: Preparing for Assembly Presentation; Working Groups: City requests, Comparable initiatives Juneau/Anchorage, Co-crafted policy, Grant opportunities; ETIPP updates. The meeting is open to the public.

 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and state health mandates encouraging residents to practice social distancing, and limit group gatherings, individuals that would like to participate by teleconference or videoconference can contact jessica.earnshaw@cityofsitka.org or call 747-1826 by 4:00 p.m. the day of the meeting to obtain information to join the meeting.

 

 

Health Needs and Human Services Commission

05/13/2021

The Health Needs and Human Services Commission will meet on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. via Zoom. Agenda items include: People of the Global Majority in Sitka 2021 Health report; Large-scale composting, community gardens, and food security issues. The meeting is open to the public.

 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and state health mandates encouraging residents to practice social distancing, and limit group gatherings, individuals that would like to participate by attending in person or videoconference can contact jessica.earnshaw@cityofsitka.org or call 747-1826 by 10:00 a.m. the day of the meeting to obtain information to join the meeting.

 

 

Planning Commission

05/13/2021

The Planning Commission will hold a regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at Harrigan Centennial Hall. More information on these agenda items can be found at https://sitka.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx or by contacting the Planning Office at 100 Lincoln Street.

Individuals having concerns or comments on any item are encouraged to provide written comments to the Planning Office or make comments at the Planning Commission meeting. Written comments may be dropped off at the Planning Office in City Hall, emailed to planning@cityofsitka.org, or faxed to (907) 747-6138. Those with questions may call (907) 747-1814.

 

 

Planning Commission

05/13/2021

The Sitka Planning Commission will be hosting an Attraction and Excursion Forum as a part of its tourism planning efforts on Thursday, May 20th at 7:00 pm at Harrigan Centennial Hall. The purpose of this meeting will be for attraction and excursion operators/businesses to share their needs for cruise ship passenger dispersal, as well as general needs, priorities, concerns, and challenges for the 2022 cruise ship season. Members of the Planning Commission will be present, but no Commission business will take place. This meeting is open to the public. For teleconference options please contact the Planning Department at planning@cityofsitka.org or call (907) 747-1814.

 

 

Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport Sidewalk Replacement

05/10/2021

Construction on the Sitka Rocky Gutierrez airport sidewalk replacement has begun. Construction will include replacing sidewalk and curb and gutter and providing ADA compliant curb ramps. The project will be executed in four (4) phases with a completion date on or about June 4, 2021. Please obey all project signage.

 

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience during this timeframe. Please contact the CBS Public Works Department with any questions. 907-747-1804.

 

 

Peterson Street Culvert Improvements

05/07/2021

Construction on the Peterson Street Fish Passage Culvert has begun. Construction activities include clearing, excavation, and heavy machinery and trucking access. In order to safety construct the culvert, a section of Peterson Street between Edgecume Drive and Cascade Street will be closed to public access from May 27, through August 18, 2021. Please avoid the area and obey all project signage.

 

We aplogoize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience during this timeframe. Please contact the CBS Public Works Department wih any questions. 907-747-1804.

 

Tree and Landscape Committee

05/06/2021

The Tree and Landscape Committee will meet via teleconference and videoconference at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Agenda items include: Discussion of future project for 2021.  The meeting is open to the public however, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and local/state regulations requiring residents to stay at home, practice social distancing, and limit gatherings, the CBS has created a process to hold commission meetings via teleconference and/or videoconference. Those who would like to participate can email jessica.earnshaw@cityofsitka.org or call 747-1826 by 4:00 p.m. the day of the meeting to obtain information to join the meeting.

 

Ports and Harbors Commission

05/06/2021

The Port and Harbors Commission will meet on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. at Harrigan Centennial Hall, 330 Harbor Drive. Agenda items include: Update marine fuel tax; Update garbage rate reduction for liveaboards; Short term rental application for Thomsen Harbor float B, stall 30. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and state health mandates encouraging residents to practice social distancing, and limit group gatherings, individuals that would like to participate by teleconference or videoconference can contact jessica.earnshaw@cityofsitka.org or call 747-1826 by 11:30 a.m. the day of the meeting to obtain information to join the meeting.

 

 

Avalanche Hazard Update in the Sitka Area

05/03/2021

The City and Borough of Sitka received an update of the avalanche activity in the Sitka area. Avalanche risk remains as long as there is enough snow to slide, which will likely be through the spring and into summer due to deep snowpack in the mountains. The City and Borough of Sitka encourages citizens to take precautions recreating, particularly near avalanche chutes and when traveling on snow.

 

 

Alaska Housing Finance Corporation Rent/Utility Relief Program Approval Certificate Information

04/30/2021

If you have applied for the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) Rent/Utility Relief program and have received an “Approval Certificate” you may provide a copy of the certificate to the City and Borough of Sitka’s utility office in order to avoid having your electricity disconnected for non-payment.

 

You may provide a copy of your AHFC approval certificate, along with the account number or location of the utility account by mailing a hard copy to 100 Lincoln Street, Sitka AK 99835, sending a copy via email to utilities@cityofsitka.org, or by dropping it off at the customer service counter at City Hall, 100 Lincoln Street. The City and Borough of Sitka has not been informed which customers have been approved for the relief program.

 

 

Sales Tax and Accounts Receivable Office Move to First Floor of City Hall

04/22/2021

The City and Borough of Sitka Tax and Accounts Receivable Offices have moved to the 1st floor of City Hall, 100 Lincoln Street. To speak with a Tax Specialist or Accounts Receivable representative please use the door to the left of the Customer Service/Utility counter. The new hours for the Tax Office and Accounts Receivable are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. However, if assistance is needed outside of the posted hours, please call the Tax Office at either 907-747-1840 or 907-747-1853 or the Accounts Receivable representative at 907-747-1859 to make an appointment. To ensure privacy, please take note of the sign outside of the office that indicates if the office is in use.

 

 

Construction on Critical Secondary Water

04/21/2021

Construction on the Critical Secondary Water plant intake has begun. Construction activities include rock excavation, blasting, and heavy machinery and trucking access. In order to safely construct the new intake structure, public access to Sawmill Creek in the Gary Paxton Industrial Park area upstream of the ADOT bridge will be closed between April 22, 2021 and August 20, 2021. Please avoid the area and obey all project signage.

 

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience during this timeframe. Please contact the City and Borough of Sitka Public Works Department with any questions. 907-747-1804. 

 

 

Reminder: Sales Tax Rate Change

03/1/2021

As of April 1st, tax is to be collected at a rate of 6% for the months of April, May, June, July, August, and September. Long Term Commercial Rental tax remains at 5% year-round. Bed Tax for rentals less than 30 days remains at 6% year-round. If you have any questions about the collection of sales tax within the City and Borough of Sitka, please contact the Tax office at 747-1840 or tax@cityofsitka.org.