April 19, 2012 | Vol. 110, No. 16

City Council approves plans for the nearly $1.4 million Water Treatment Plant project

Petersburg City Council on Monday unanimously approved ASCR McGraw Constructors of Sitka, the bid of $1,395,800 for phase 3 of the Water Treatment Plant upgrade project.

ASCR McGraw Constructors edged-out Dawson Construction, of Ketchikan, which entered a bid of a little more than $1.5 million.

The council also authorized a contract for $288,000 to GV Jones and Associates administration and inspection services for the project. The project requires specialists for mechanical, electrical and structural inspections, Mayor Al Dwyer.

The contract is for a 12-month project with a “not to exceed” amount.

• The council voted to allow the Petersburg Rod & Gun Club to hold meetings in council chambers.

Police Chief Jim Agner, filling in for club president Chris Cotta, told the council about upcoming improvements to the shooting range.

The club is replacing the outhouse, and will have a caretaker at the shooting range for part of the year, Agner said.

• Mayor Dwyer appointed Ron Loesch, and Patty Norheim to the Transient Room Tax Committee. These are three-year terms.

• The Fire Department has scheduled an Open House during Mayfest on Saturday, May 19 from Noon to 2 p.m.

• The council approved an emergency dredge of the Middle Harbor that will take place sometime next week.

Harbormaster Glorianne Wollen is working out the final plans with the Army Corps of Engineers for the removal of about 600 to 1,000 cubic yards of silt run-off.

“The silt is encroaching on the Middle Harbor float system,” Wollen said, adding that the mud was now hard enough to walk on.

The plan is to have Gary Allen of Rock-N-Road “clam out” the mud and put it on a barge for the water to run off. The mud will then be located in an area away from the water.

“We're going to take this back to the original depth, and we are going to take the sentiment to an area that is completely away from salt water,” Woolen said. “It's really super organic stuff. I wish we could sell it by the truckload.”

Councilman Rick Braun made the motion to contract with Allen to complete the project. The funds for the dredge will come from PDEC.

• The council discussed the possibility of establishing guidelines for public video surveillance. Kupreanof City Mayor Dana Thynes requested the council consider guidelines for the Harbor video surveillance.

In a lengthy discussion council members agree that the security cameras in the three harbors do not pose a privacy invasion risk for Kupreanof residents.

“We use [the system] to identify who's at the crane dock, and who is in long-term parking,” said Wollen. “The island of Kupreanof is in the background,” she added.

The cameras are set up on a pre-programmed rotation. The cameras have motion sensor recording devices and can be panned and tilted manually.

The tilt function does not allow the cameras to view any of the beach homes with any precision, Wollen explained. At full zoom, the camera view hits about 50 feet below the porches on the beach-front homes.

“I don't see how anyone in the Harbormaster's office can snoop on anyone on Kupreanof,” said councilman Rick Braun.

• The council granted a new alcohol beverage permit for Inga's Galley, on 104 North Nordic which offers seasonal, outdoor dining. The permit is for beer and wine sales.

“We have concerns around furnishing alcohol to minors, and open container violations,” said Police Chief Jim Agner. “Part of their plan is to put a fence up, and that would be important to me,” he added.

Inga's Galley will also have a four-camera surveillance system and signage to notify patrons to not leave the area with open containers.

Inga's Galley is working toward a May 2 opening date.

• A discussion item regarding increasing a DEC loan by $350,000 for a cover for the water system backwash tank was held over for another date. The council discussed applying for grant money to replace the 1970s-era tank instead.

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