Sitka City Council meets

    Sitka, Alaska (KINY) The Sitka City Assembly voted not to spend $47,267 to help the Sitka Land Trust clean up land they sold them for $1 that contained petroleum contamination.

    The group wants to put in seven affordable houses at 1306 Halibut Point Road, the site of a former city and borough maintenance shop.  The average cost of the homes would increase by about $7,000 without the city funds.   The current price for each home is estimated to be $170,000 The money would have come from the city economic development fund.  The Assembly voted 4-3 to turn down the expenditure after an hour long debate.

    Assemblyman Keith Brady said the city has kept a lot of tax revenue in the community that assists the economy, ""Last fiscal year we had $50 million in city purchases.  Out of that $15 million stayed in Sitka.  Another $17 million stayed in Alaska."

    City Assemblyman Kevin Knox says fundraising has gone very well for the Crescent Harbor playground project, "The initial goal of local fund raisers was $75,000.  At this point they have exceeded $115,000.  They could reach $150,000.  I'm very pleased with the accessibility that park will provide all citizens and visitors here in Sitka."

    The Sitka Hospital long term care department won two awards according to Assembly member Stephen Eisenbeisz, "The first was Most Improved Quality, which I thought was great to see.  That is huge for the hospital.   They also won Excellence in Quality.  Everyone in long term care has really stepped up their game in order to bring a world class facility here."

    Richard Wein was sworn in for a three year term on the Assembly.  He received 1,555 votes during the municipal election.



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