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Unalaska is looking to the future — 2030 to be exact. At Tuesday night's city council meeting, planning director Bill Homka presented a brief update on the comprehensive plan.

A key part of the proposal is three advisory committees — a steering committee, a technical committee, and a citizens advisory committee — each composed of about 12 people. Councilors think getting that many people to participate may be difficult.

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It’s all about high-speed internet. At least, that’s what city manager Dave Martinson believes should be the focus of the city council’s upcoming lobbying trip to Washington D.C.

 

“It’s really about high-speed internet," Martinson said. "We will continue to beat that drum.”

 

City of Unalaska

The Unalaska Valley is getting a new cell phone tower.

On Tuesday, the Unalaska City Council approved a lease that allows General Communications Inc. (GCI) to construct a tower on East Broadway Avenue.

The unanimous decision came two months after councilors rejected the telecom company's first bid. GCI wanted to build in a more residential section of the valley, but the final site is located near a tsunami siren across the street from the Department of Public Works.

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Is it time for Unalaska’s firefighters to have their own department — separate from the police force? Or should both divisions continue living under the consolidated Department of Public Safety?

Those questions sparked heated discussion at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

“The fire department is in crisis mode now, and it’s been that way for years," said City Councilor Dave Gregory.

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The City of Unalaska has adopted a $29 million budget for fiscal year 2018.

On Wednesday, city councilors unanimously approved the financial plan, which allows the local government to spend about about $500,000 more than it did this year.

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