Local News

Date set for Petersburg borough vote

Petersburg area residents will decide whether to form a borough just before Christmas. Election Day is officially December 18th according to the State Division of Elections, which is administering the vote. However, it’s actually a mail-in election.  Ballots will go out in the mail starting November 26th and voters have to return them in the mail no later than December 18th. According to the division, residents will also have the option to vote in-person absentee at Petersburg’s city offices starting December 3rd.

If voters approve, Petersburg’s city government would be dissolved and reformed as a borough government with expanded municipal boundaries as well as taxing and planning authority over a much larger area.

Voters within the proposed borough area will also elect a new Mayor, Borough Assembly, Planning Commission, School Board and Hospital Board. The wining candidates will take their seats if the public approves borough incorporation.

The new borough would include Petersburg’s home Island of Mitkof as well as Woewodski Island and a large portion of Kupreanof Island to the west. The boundaries also encompass   the mainland territory from LeConte Bay to Holkham Bay. The small city of Kupreanof across the Wrangell narrows on Kupreanof Island would remain a municipality within the new borough.

To find out more about how the vote will be conducted, Matt Lichtenstein spoke with State Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai:

Recent News

Petersburg schools open Monday with enrollment up

highschoollockers
Students head back to class Monday, August 29 in Petersburg as the new school year gets underway. Enrollment numbers have increased in two of the three schools and the district welcomes several newcomers to its faculty. more

Court battle continues, two years after Petersburg home demolished

Homeowners Karen Ellingstad and Fred Triem took down the home at 1011 Wrangell Avenue in 2014.
The legal battle continues over a demolished home on Wrangell Avenue in Petersburg. The structure was taken down in 2014 after the borough declared it a dangerous home. The owners of the home are appealing last year’s court ruling in favor of the Petersburg borough and have filed another suit challenging borough staff visits to the property in preparation for demolition. more