Businesses asked to use sand on new sidewalks


The road improvement project was not completed before winter shutdown and Petersburg City Manager Steve Giesbrecht is asking business owners to not use ice-melt on the newly poured sidewalks along N. Nordic Drive and Dolphin Streets.

“We have provided containers of sand for the new sidewalks,” Giesbrecht said. “The sidewalks were not given a lot of time to cure, so please use the sand instead of ice-melt.”

Giesbrecht also explained that this process may give them an idea of how long the sidewalks will last.

Petersburg Public Works will take care of keeping the sand containers in shape and filled.

Giesbrecht also announced during the City Manager's report that contractor ASRC McGraw is back to work after the Thanksgiving holiday to continue upgrades on the Water Treatment Plant.

“Materials and equipment continue to arrive at the plant in preparation for installation,” he stated. “Progress meetings are being held weekly and almost all of the parts to perform the work are either on site or on order.”

The Landfill Slope Stabilization Project, integral to the North Harbor dredging work, is moving forward in the design phase.

“PND is working with ADEC to address any concerns that the agency may have with preliminary design work,” Giesbrecht said. “This is the project at the landfill that allows us to take the dredge spoils from the North Harbor and move it up there.”

The goal is to bid this project at the same time as the North Harbor Replacement bid in January 2013.

Giesbrecht also announced that the Narrow Banding Radio Conversion is in progress.

“Alaska Commercial Electronics began to reprogram City radios immediately upon execution of the contract and has ordered all of the replacement radios,” Giesbrecht stated. “This upgrade is a requirement of the State and new radios should begin to arrive in Petersburg this week.”

This project has a March 1, 2013 completion date but Giesbrecht remains hopeful that it will be finished ahead of schedule.

“Breakfast with Santa is scheduled for Dec. 15,” Giesbrecht announced. “We expect it to be a hit with the community as usual.”

He also stated that the Aquatic Center will be closed for maintenance Dec. 16 to 22.

“We are doing this during the week before winter break for the kids,” Giesbrecht stated. “We want all of this to be completed so the pool can be used while the kids are out of school.”

The Petersburg Public Library has been designated as a Star Library.

“Petersburg is one of five libraries in Alaska and 262 libraries in the nation to receive this honor,” Giesbrecht said.

Giesbrecht also announced that the library will be closed from Dec. 24 to Jan. 2 for inventory and maintenance.

“This is a very long period of time, but they have to go through and do a full inventory and there is a lot of preparation work for the process of moving to the new library,” he stated.

The 95 percent design for the North Harbor Project is scheduled to be here this week.

“Glo has been working with PND,” Giesbrecht stated. “Plans should be here this week for final review and presentation.”


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