Soldotna council awards design contract

There will be a familiar face in charge of designing the Joyce K. Carver Soldotna Public Library expansion project.


Kluge and Associates, based in Kenai, was awarded the design contract for the Soldotna Library Expansion Project by the Soldotna City Council at its Wednesday night meeting. The value of the contract is listed at $592,563.

“Kluge and Associates performed the first remodel that was done about 23 years ago,” Soldotna City Engineer Kyle Kornelis said. “They have the resources to do the job.”

Kornelis said there were two other firms that submitted a proposal for the project — all three firms had much to offer and all had the resources to complete the project. The proposals were evaluated individually by a committee and then scores were compared.

“Each firm is assigned a point value, and the firm with the highest points is the firm recommended,” Kornelis said. “Kluge and Associates has the highest scoring proposals.”

The design work will start immediately, Kornelis said. Construction documents will be completed by the spring of 2012 so construction can start as soon as weather will permit.

Also during the meeting, the council heard a presentation from Johna Beech and Susan Smalley asking the council to donate the use of the Soldotna Sports Center for next summer’s Relay for Life, a fundraiser for cancer research. The council agreed to donate the facility for the event to take place next June 1 to 2, as long as organizers find a way to cover the extra labor costs to have the facility open 24 hours.

In other action: 

n The council approved $22,845 for the purchase of a 2012 Ford F250 pick up truck for the street department.

n The council increased estimated revenues and appropriations by $25,000 for the Library Expansion Capital Project Fund for donations received from Central Peninsula General Hospital and Soldotna Friends of the Library earlier this year, putting the amount raised outside of city and federal funds to $50,000.

The next Soldotna City Council meeting will be on Dec. 14.