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Almost six months ago, the Unalaska City Council agreed to suspend the search for a new director of public safety.

The plan was to wait until councilors had settled a longtime debate over restructuring the department and its leadership team.

Now, Vice Mayor Dennis Robinson said they've been on hold for too long.

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Unalaska's budget is in good shape as fiscal year 2018 comes to a close.

Finance Director Clay Darnell said the city has already banked a surplus of $7.5 million — a number that's expected to grow as his department crunches the final figures for June.

"We project that we'll be at $7.8 million, so we're really doing good," he said. "We're approximately $4.6 million better than we anticipated we'd be at the end of the year."

Courtesy of Jim Paulin

The City of Unalaska is shelling out $9,000 to resolve its role in a years-long dispute over property values.

On Tuesday, the City Council voted to reimburse appraiser Mike Renfro for some of the legal fees he incurred while suing the city last year.

The unanimous decision came after several councilors admitted they made a mistake in overturning his assessment of a lot in the Unalaska Valley.

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State prosecutors won't file charges against any of Unalaska's public officials, signaling the end of an unexplained months-long investigation into the City Council.

Assistant Attorney General John Darnall made the announcement Tuesday, after spending two months reviewing the case for the Office of Special Prosecutions (OSP).

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After a handful of late filings, the Unalaska City Council may introduce penalties for senior citizens who miss the application deadline for property tax exemptions.

City councilors approved the fifth late application of the year on Tuesday, ruling that medical treatment was an acceptable reason for one Unalaskan to miss the March deadline by almost three months.

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