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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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Following months of intense public criticism, Unalaska’s mayor is now facing a recall effort.

Frank Kelty has denied allegations that he interfered with the former city manager or forced his resignation.

But the recall petition isn’t centered on recent clashes at City Hall. Instead, it accuses the mayor of backroom dealings regarding the city dock.  

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.

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Unalaska is looking to the future — 2030 to be exact. At Tuesday night's city council meeting, planning director Bil 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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GCI won’t be allowed to build a new cell phone tower in the Unalaska Valley. At least, not yet.

On Tuesday, the Unalaska City Council voted against the telecommunications company and its plan to construct a 65-foot tower on a hillside overlooking the Shaishnikoff Subdivision.

The unanimous decision came after a nearby property owner filed an appeal against the project, which had been approved by the Unalaska Planning Commission, 4-1.

Rufina Shaishnikoff protested the GCI tower, which would have sat on a commercially zoned plot in a mostly residential area.

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