Borough manager's report
Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht presented the following report to the Assembly on Monday night.
Joe Nelson and power and light staff are working on incorporating a thorough capital project plan into the electric rate study to better outline the needs of our electric system.
Southeast Alaska Cities Against Drugs officials are drafting a letter to the Alaska Department of Transportation in an effort to partner with Alaska Marine Highway to curb illegal controlled substances being transported on state ferries.
Postal interdiction efforts continue to result in seizures. Federal agencies have expressed an interest in bringing the Safe Streets Program and are exploring classifying Petersburg as a High Density Drug Trafficking Area based upon the high number of seizures compared to our population. This would give us more direct access to Federal agencies involved in drug interdiction efforts.
The municipal building complex and surrounding borough property was surveyed as part of the proposed renovation for the police station and jail. This will allow the architect to know exactly where property lines are located and to make sure we understand all easements and right-of-ways that may limit the design or affect parking lot issues.
Fire, EMS and search and rescue are looking for new members. Those interested should contact the department.
The aquatic center will be closed from December 14-22 for annual cleaning. The pools will be drained, the tiles cleaned and the floors waxed and buffed.
The recycling program changes are moving forward. Karl Hagerman, public works director, has met with Petersburg Indian Association to discuss the details of the new system and they will be meeting with their staff to discuss any required changes to make the new system operational. Borough officials will inform the public in January about a comingled recycling target date. The program will likely begin in February.
Hagerman is working on developing a demolition estimate for the dangerous building on Wrangell Avenue in the event owners Fred Triem and Karen Ellingstad—per order of the borough—don’t repair or demolish the property on their own.
Giesbrecht thanked the building maintenance department for their work decorating Mountain View Manor. He also thanked all those who donated money to purchase and install a walk-in hydro-jet tub in the building. The Petersburg Rotary Club provided the last of the necessary funds to complete the project.
Mountain View Manor is full occupied with ten people on the waiting list for assisted living.
The sales tax committee continues to meet. They do not have any recommendations for the assembly at this time. They will meet at 12 p.m. in the assembly chambers on January 3 to discuss senior exemptions.
The installation of the community art at the library is in process. A stained glass piece by Polly Lee and Deb McMahon was installed first. It will be followed by pieces from Susan Christensen, Beth Flor, Ross Nannauck III, Polly Koeneman, Joe Viechnicki, Doris Olsen and Pia Reilly. The public art in the library was funded entirely by local donations.
Replacement and upgrade to the alarm system at the high school and community gym is scheduled to take place during Christmas break. The borough’s building maintenance workers have installed new wiring and security cameras in the gym and the borough officials are still working with AP&T for an estimate on installing cameras inside and outside the library.
The north harbor main float 1 is in place, and a great deal of work has been completed on the approach dock to get it ready for the ramp and utilities. They are now working on the water main installation along the float while waiting for the materials for the second float. It is scheduled for installation after the holidays.
Long-term harbor parking will be closed in the north end to stage materials for the Rasmus Enge Memorial Bridge project as well as areas behind the Community Cold Storage, which is the construction zone for the drive down dock facility.