April 5, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 14

Road improvement bids set for May

City Manager Steve Giesbrecht reported to the City Council on Monday that several city projects are right on schedule.

• Municipal Power & Light has completed “Witness testing” a new stand-by diesel generator, the city is purchasing from ASCR McGraw Constructors in Phoenix. The unit will be shipped to Seattle and then on to Petersburg.

• There was a pre-bid teleconference on March 29 regarding the new library project. The deadline for bids is April 12.

• The downtown road improvement bids have a deadline set for May. The good news for business owners is that signs will not have to be moved in order for the project right of way to be certified for construction.

• City Clerk Kathy O'Rear and Deputy City Clerk Debbie Thompson will attend this year's International Clerk's Conference in Portland, Ore., May 18-26. And both O'Rear and Thompson are making preparations for the Borough Public Hearing on May 30 and 31.

• Harbormaster Glorianne Wollen is working with other agencies to come up with a plan to deal with the Hammer Slough silt run-off in the Middle Harbor. Wollen estimates there are 30 to 40 dump truck loads of silt in the Middle Harbor.

• A water and sewer reconstruction project has begun on Noseeum Street causing traffic on Second Street to be rerouted for about a month.

• Property assessments will be sent out by the end of the week. For 2012, property assessments went up 2 percent, they stayed flat for 2013, except for people making improvements to their buildings and land.

• And Giesbrecht offered a special note of thanks to the City of Kupreanof, which donated $18,000 to the capital campaign for the new library. And also to First Bank for donating $2,500 to the Summer Reading Challenge.

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