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The City Council is considering installing a fence around the Unalaska Marine Center.

City officials say they’ve won a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to surround the port with an eight-foot fence topped with barbed wire.

Some councilors expressed support for beefing up security during Tuesday's regular meeting. But most were hesitant because the city would be on the hook for an estimated $463,000.

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The City Council has postponed the search for Unalaska’s next city manager until January.

On-site interviews were scheduled to take place in the next two weeks. But on Tuesday, the council voted 4-2 to extend the recruitment timeline at least another a month.

The delay comes at the recommendation of Interim City Manager Nancy Peterson.

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Designers are closing in on a final renovation plan for Unalaska’s public library, and they’re looking to give readers a lot more room to maneuver.

This week, architect Brian Meissner presented a handful of redesign options to the community and the Unalaska City Council.

His goal is to address the 18-year-old library’s biggest drawback.

“You’re short on great places to read — and places for people to interact for studying or otherwise," said Meissner, of ECI Alaska Architecture. "Very short for a library and a population of this size.”

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After months of indecision, the Unalaska City Council has finally reached a consensus over restructuring the Department of Public Safety: They’ve agreed to shelve the matter until a new city manager is hired.

The unanimous decision came Tuesday at the urging of Interim City Manager Nancy Peterson.

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The search for Unalaska’s next city manager is on schedule.

Officials say they’ve received almost 40 applications for the job, including eight that meet qualification requirements.

The City Council is meeting Saturday in executive session to review applicants with GovHR, the consulting firm contracted to lead recruitment efforts.

They’ll choose the top candidates to fly out for in-person interviews next month.

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