Borough manager's report
During the Borough Assembly’s March 3 meeting, Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht reported the following:
Interest in Losing Big has increased this year and continues to be a great program for our community. Just short of 400 votes were cast through the competition—triple what we typically had last year.
The Parks and Recreation Department is beginning plans for the whale observatory. Staff is looking at rock needs, plants and shrubbery clearing over the next year, and is working with Public Works on the project. The Parks and Recreation Department will be working this summer on installing new signage, repairing and maintaining the Eagle’s Roost stairway and the ball field.
Plans are underway to add recycling cans at Sandy Beach, Eagle’s Roost and the ball field.
A new scheduling model for police officers began Feb. 1.
Corrections/Dispatcher Derrick O’Soup is transferring to Public Works. This will require the training of a new hire and also training of current staff to replace his additional assignments as Property and Evidence Custodian and DMV Agent.
The floor in the new library community room is complete and Alaska Power & Telephone workers will start soon on the video surveillance system for the library.
Borough Librarian Tara Alcock and staff have begun plans for the 2014 Summer Reading Program. The library will be partnering with the school to base the program on the Accelerated Reader system.
The Mill Inc has cut and supplied all of the untreated planks for the Rasmus Enge Bridge. The tentative plan for the project is for Public Works staff to start on the bridge on March 17, weather depending, and to take approximately two months to complete.
The Alaska Department of Transportation (ADOT) Bridge Section has mandated that the Rasmus Enge Bridge be de-rated until it has received the planned upgrade. The current weight limit will be 3 tons per axle. (12,000 lbs. for cars and trucks and 18,000 lbs. for tandem rear axle trucks.)
Two crosswalks will be installed at 2nd and 3rd Streets and Haugen Drive. Third Street will be a “Safe Routes to School” crossing and 2nd Street will be a pedestrian crossing as depicted in the current ADOT plans. The project will bid in the fall with a construction start in spring 2015.
Public Works Director Karl Hagerman is working with Alaska Marine Lines on possibly accepting dredge material from in front of their facility in Scow Bay. The material, if free-draining and usable for fill, may help to finalize the Landfill Slope Stabilization project this spring.
The borough is upgrading older department computers to eliminate those still using Microsoft XP. Staff should be able to get all XP equipment upgraded before support for the operating system is discontinued in April.
North Harbor main floats one and two are in place. All the main-float piles are driven to grade and capped at their finished elevation. Finger floats continue to stockpile at AML as the contractor finishes installing the waterlines under the float system. Morris Engineering staff will inspect Anchor Electric’s progress. Anchor Electric has a few large empty wire spools available. If interested, call the harbor office.
TAMICO began removing the AFS Dock and is stockpiling salvaged items for the harbor.
The Crane Dock bid opening is scheduled for March 4 at 2 p.m.
Emergency Medical Services Sandy Dixon completed teaching the Emergency Trauma Technician class on Feb. 12. Nine new ETT’s became certified. Two others re-certified.
The borough thanks Volunteer Fire Department volunteers Sara Garcia, Doug Welde and Dan Bird, Assembly member Nancy Strand, ADOT Manager Mike Etcher, United States Forest Service representative Bill Moulton, Petersburg Fisheries representative Rexanne Stafford and borough employees Dixon, Ryan Welde, Karl Hagerman, Kelly Swihart and Glo Wollen for taking time of their schedules to take a Mass Rescue class and a HazMat Response Workshop.
Dixon attended a meeting on Feb. 12 for the Petersburg Health and Safety Fair that will occur on April 26. EMS personnel will help with blood draws.