Edna Bay is newest Alaska city

A state commissioner signed off this week on Edna Bay’s cityhood, making it Alaska’s newest second-class city and the first to incorporate in a decade.

Susan Bell, commissioner of the state Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, signed the certificate of incorporation for the city of Edna Bay, a small community on Kosciusko Island near Prince of Wales Island, on Oct. 13, according to a news release from the department. The city has a population of 49.

On Oct. 3, the state Division of Elections certified the results of an election in the community on whether to incorporate as a city. Voters approved the measure 33 to 6, according to the release.

“Incorporation provides the people of Edna Bay with maximum local self-government; it empowers residents by giving them the legal control of their harbor, roads, and refuse management,” the release stated.

The state Division of Community and Regional Affairs participated in Edna Bay’s organizational meeting Thursday to help the city determine initial terms and elect a mayor from its new city council. The division will assist the city council in the coming months.

10/17/2014 - 12:40pm