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Local government news from the KUCB Newsroom.

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The Unalaska City Council unanimously advanced an ordinance on Tuesday that would ban single-use plastic bags.

Under the proposed legislation, businesses would receive $100 fines for providing a customer with a disposable shopping bag, starting Jan. 1.

 

While Vice Mayor Dennis Robinson has proposed buying out stores’ leftover bags, the council is still debating how it will let retailers handle their existing inventory.

 

The ordinance is slated for a second and final reading on Aug. 14.

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Unalaska's local election isn't until the fall. But next month, island voters can weigh in on state and national races.

Alaska's primary election will decide who appears on the final ballot for governor, lieutenant governor, and U.S. Representative, as well as a slew of positions in the state legislature.

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Unalaskans can now file to run for local office.

The candidacy period has opened for three seats that'll be on the municipal ballot come October. 

The two City Council spots are currently held by Alejandro "Bong" Tungul and Shari Coleman, while the school board post belongs to Tammy Fowler Pound.

As of July 23, no one had declared candidacy for any of the seats, which come with three-year terms.

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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."

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