Soldotna council approves library work contract

Soldotna's Joyce K. Carver Library expansion will be constructed by a familiar presence.


The Soldotna City Council Wednesday approved a contract with G and S Construction Inc. for $4.5 million for the Soldotna Library expansion project.

G and S, a Soldotna-based company, has worked on the initial expansion of the library as well as numerous other major projects on the central Kenai Peninsula.

"It's kind of fun and exciting for us to be able to come back there and do the next one," G and S President Dan Green said about the expansion.

Green said the design of the library fits the model the city of Soldotna has tried to follow with the other buildings owned by the city.

"It makes a statement as far as (the city) is concerned about how the city looks," Green said. "They're going to set a great example here on their landscaping, which I'm a firm believer in."

Construction on the library is scheduled to start around June 1, Green said.

The main floor of the current building is about 7,500 square feet, Soldotna City Engineer Kyle Kornelis said, and the expansion will add about 9,800 square feet, making the main floor about 17,000 square feet.

Kornelis told the council Wednesday that the city received seven bids on May 15.

Before construction can start, the library must relocate to its temporary location in the Peninsula Center Mall. Head librarian Terri Burdick said that process is scheduled to take place next week.

Kornelis said the design of the expansion is pretty much set, but the color scheme is still to be determined.

"The contractor has to submit samples and color samples and the library expansion committee takes that and makes a decision," Kornelis said.
In other business:

* The council set a public hearing date for June 13 for an ordinance that will amend the Soldotna Municipal Code related to water and sewer rate schedules.

* The council set a public hearing date for June 13 for an ordinance adopting the fiscal year 2013 budget.

* The council postponed action on a resolution to execute a contract with Youth Restoration Corps for $20,705 for the Soldotna Creek Park Veterans Memorial Project.

The next city council meeting is scheduled for June 13.

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