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The Unalaska City Council took no action Friday, after calling a special meeting to discuss the city manager’s contract behind closed doors.

Councilors spent about 40 minutes in executive session, along with city attorney Brooks Chandler, who joined by telephone.

City Manager Dave Martinson was out of town and did not attend.

After reconvening to public session, Mayor Frank Kelty announced that Martinson’s contract would remain unchanged.

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Between PenAir’s struggles and a new city bus proposal, transportation dominated the discussion at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

The Planning Department is piloting a bus route as part of its $5,000 transportation study.

Planning Director Bill Homka said the goal is to figure out how the city can help Unalaskans and visitors get around more easily.

Annie Ropeik

The City of Unalaska has raised port tariffs for the first time in six years.

On Tuesday, the City Council unanimously approved a three percent rate hike for dockage and wharfage at the Unalaska Marine Center, as well a seven percent increase for cruise ships.

It’s standard procedure to adjust tariffs every five or six years, according to Port Director Peggy McLaughlin.

She said the new rates go into effect on Aug. 14.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

With nine days until the deadline, only one Unalaskan has filed to run for local office this October.

City Councilor Rachelle Hatfield has declared her candidacy for City Council seat G, according to City Clerk Cat Hazen.

Hatfield won her seat by appointment last winter after Mayor Frank Kelty vacated the spot. If elected, she’ll serve on the council for the final year of his term.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Updated 8/1/17

A former city employee is facing theft and fraud charges for stealing more than $15,000 from Unalaska’s local government.

City Manager Dave Martinson declined to name the recently fired employee. But court records show that accounting assistant Matapua Natalie Faailoga was charged last week with four felonies related to theft, fraud, forgery, and tampering with evidence.

Martinson said other members of the Finance Department noticed that funds were missing on July 10.

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