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City employees are studying ways to lower utility costs for community buildings


Petersburg City Manager Stephen Giesbrecht, along with Parks and Recreation Director Donn Hayes are researching renewable energy grants to lower utility costs for community buildings including the hospital, schools and municipal buildings.

“Donnie has taken the lead on this project,” Giesbrecht said. “We are encouraged that this will help save the city money in the long run.”

The Petersburg Harbor Advisory Board and PND met recently to discuss the details on the North Harbor project with the group giving direction to PND for the preferred alternatives to get the project back on budget.

“The proposed alternative will initially reduce the number of stalls by phasing them in later,” Giesbrecht said. “And they will eliminate some of the three phase electricity upgrades.”

Public Works Director Karl Hagerman and Assistant Director Chris Cotta have submitted numerous Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, ADEC, grant applications for the various water and wastewater projects on the project list.

“These grants will include the pump station 1 force main, water/sewer reconstruction phase two on Valkyrie, Aaslaug, Lake, Fram, 3rd, Excel, Gjoa and 8th Streets,” Giesbrecht stated. “As well as, the Scow Bay pump station, Kiseno Sewer, Haugen Drive Sewer upgrades and the Landfill Stabilization project.”

The downtown paving project is scheduled to begin in early September with the contractor mobilizing by Sept. 4.

“This will be a big challenge to the Public Works Department, keeping this crew on schedule,” Giesbrecht stated. “We are hoping they will be finished early because we don't want a problem like the one they have in Wrangell.”


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