Borough manager's report
During Petersburg’s latest Borough Assembly meeting, Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht reported the following:
Gary Peters from ProCom Alaska was here the first week of March to evaluate existing radio equipment and coverage deficiencies for police, fire and EMS. Several deficiencies were noted and strategies for corrections are being developed.
PFI has a large transformer not working properly. A replacement has been ordered. We’re assisting them with installing a spare unit to get through herring season and until the new unit is delivered.
Power & Light provided temporary, unmetered power to Crystal Lake Hatchery and is working with hatchery staff for a permanent fix.
Handicapped showers have been installed at Mountain View Manor. The assisted living walk-in whirlpool bath project should be starting next month.
In the Borough’s final report to the Local Boundary Commission, it estimated that the taxable value of property outside service area 1 was $46,000,000. So far it is up to $65,459,425 of taxable assessed value. This equates to $261,837 in taxes at 4 mills. There have been about 20 appeals so far.
Ryan Welde assisted the Deputy State Fire Marshal with commercial building fire inspections in Petersburg last week.
Weather depending, the tentative date for starting the Rasmus Enge Memorial Bridge project is March 17. The bridge will close to through traffic during the project and we will try to accommodate residents on the bridge and Sing Lee Alley as much as possible.
Pending the Right of Way certification, the South Nordic Drive project, including work on the Pump Station No. 1 Force Main, will most likely be bid in late April, with construction starting in late August. The final paving work on South Nordic will not occur until 2015.
North Harbor Finger Floats are being installed. The north side fingers are all in proper position and WBD is busy getting the piles to grade. The skiff float is back in place, though the basin is still closed and borough staff appreciates people steering clear until the project is complete.
TAMICO’s subcontractor Rock n Road is busy trucking fill to the Drive Down project and the work will continue for some time. TAMICO’s barge has pulled out until summer. They have elected to leave the old ASF Dock in place until new construction begins later on.
The harbor is starting to get calls about summer transient stops.
The tour ship schedule is beginning to be finalized. At this point, it appears to be about the same as last year.
The library has received a grant for $2,900 from First Bank for the Summer Reading Program.
We are working with the University of Alaska to coordinate joining the statewide library system for the library catalogue. We have some network issues, but it appears this will be able to happen.
The upgrade of the alarm system in the high school and community gym is nearly complete.
The rain gutter replacement on the community gym is being scheduled for this spring.