Petersburg is a borough. The Borough”s Common Council is made up of six Council Members and a Mayor, elected at large by the community. They are responsible for modifying the municipal code as needed and establishing an annual borough budget. The day-to-day operation is the responsibility of a Borough Manager and their staff, working under direction of the Council.
Petersburg’s 2003 official population was 3,060. There are an additional 200 people on Mitkof Island who live outside the Borough limits. For more detailed populations, social and economic information, visit the State of Alaska’s Community Databases at:
Borough Power comes from both Tyee Lake, a hydroelectric plant shared with Wrangell, and Crystal Lake, a small hydroelectric plant on Mitkof Island. Diesel generators are available for back-up power.
Borough water is obtained from Cabin Creek Reservoir, eight miles southeast of Petersburg. The Borough provides water treatment, wastewater treatment, and solid waste collection.
Borough of Petersburg web site: http://ci.petersburg.ak.us/
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