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Soldotna passes code changes, awards construction contracts

Posted: September 12, 2013 - 8:35pm  |  Updated: September 12, 2013 - 8:46pm

Soldotna City Council unanimously passed every action item on Wednesday’s agenda.

The council voted on amending municipal code, making an exception to an employment term and entering multiple construction contracts.

Code changes were made to four chapters in relation to city departments and seven chapters were adopted. Multiple departments had not been updated in “many years,” Ordinance 2013-025 reads. The code also needed to be amended to show changes in job title and department structure and duty changes.

“This is just really a house cleaning event,” City Manager Mark Dixson said.

Council voted to extend a Utility Department employee’s six-month position to a temporary until the position is filled permanently.

The city will enter contracts with construction companies after council approved three resolutions to do so.

G & H Construction was awarded a $112,402.50 contract for Brooks Avenue, Green Valley Street and Cohoe Street drainage improvements. Kyle Kornelis, city engineer, said these projects require a “considerable amount of effort” and have been a goal for the maintenance and public works departments “for some time.”

Council approved entering a second contract to G & H Construction for Swiftwater Park clearing and Griffin Street drainage improvements in the amount of $158,428.

The clearing project will begin a gravel road and RV site expansion. The clearing project amounts to $56,000 of the cost of the two projects. Kornelis said trees suitable for firewood will be brought to Centennial Park and sold.

He said the drainage improvements will take care of “another significant drainage issue that the city spends a lot of time and energy on.”

The clearing project costs $56,000 and the drainage improvements are priced at $102,000. The monies for the projects come from the capital projects fund.

Endries Company was awarded contract for the Sterling Highway Pavement Repair project in the amount of $62,000. The project will repair damage from a 2011 water main break at the north side of the Kenai River bridge. The city patched the damage after the initial break. Even though Sterling Highway is state right of way because it was the city’s water main that ruptured and caused the damage, the city is responsible for the repairs. The city’s insurance company will fully reimburse the project cost, Kornelis said.

The next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 25.

Kaylee Osowski can be reached at kaylee.osowski@peninsulaclarion.com.

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