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About 50 years after it was founded, the Unalaska Department of Public Safety is undergoing its first independent review.

Public Safety has hired a private company called Russell Consulting to do the assessment. 

“Our goal is to help the Unalaska Department of Public Safety provide good services -- excellent and outstanding services -- to community members who live here and to guests who come in,” said Greg Russell, a retired police officer who opened the Soldotna-based firm 15 years ago.

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Over the next four years, Unalaskans will see their monthly utility bills grow by $18.86 on average. For island businesses, it’ll be an $837.52 jump.

The City Council unanimously approved the rate hikes at a lightning-fast meeting Tuesday night.

The cost of wastewater utilities will increase by 15 percent over four years, while the cost of solid waste grows by 13.5 percent over three years.

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Lately, the Unalaska City Council has slogged through a series of marathon meetings, filled with tough financial decisions, tie-breaker votes, and passionate public testimony.

Councilors finally broke through at a meeting Tuesday night.

They unanimously passed budget priorities for the next fiscal year and narrowed in on a new policy to soften the blow of upcoming rate hikes.

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After a nine-month nationwide search, Unalaska has finally hired a new fire chief.

D.J. Dunn will start next month, leading the island’s fire and emergency medical services.

“He’s exceptionally qualified for the position," said Mike Holman, director of the Department of Public Safety. "He has a bachelor’s degree in nursing, so he’s a paramedic and a nurse. He’s got significant fire experience as well as training.”

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The Aleutian Region and Pribilof Islands Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is seeking a Council Member to fill the recently vacated “elected local official” seat on the committee. The LEPC, which includes the communities of Unalaska, Atka, Adak, St. Paul and St. George, is mandated to develop and review emergency response plans and provide information about to our citizenry about chemicals in our communities. The LEPC meets quarterly, and also participates in Spring and Fall Preparedness Conferences and various outreach activities. The vacant seat has a two-year term.

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