Road, water plans on tap

Posted: Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Three resolutions awarding sole source contracts for street paving engineering and water system control work are slated to be considered for approval by the Soldotna City Council tonight.

If approved, a $138,000 contract would be awarded to Electric Power Systems Inc. for upgrades to the city's computerized system that monitors and records water distribution data.

Called SCADA, the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system benefits the city's utility department by allowing workers to schedule preventive maintenance before a problem arises, by notifying the department when an emergency arises and by permitting remote viewing and operation of the system, according to a memo from Public Works Director Steve Bonebrake.

City Manager Larry Semmens said the city administration is recommending a sole source contract because Electric Power Systems is the Anchorage firm that installed the original system and the company provided "a good, reasonable price."

A sole-source contract is also slated for consideration for the construction phase of engineering work on the Arbor Street improvement project. The administration is recommending the $45,440 contract be awarded to Wince-Corthell-Bryson, the design engineer on the project, according to Semmens.

He said the project originally included paving the parking lot at the new city maintenance shop and Arbor Street, but only the parking lot was paved. Grant funds have now been received allowing the city to complete the paving of Arbor Street between East Redoubt Ave. and the shop.

A third sole-source contract is to be considered for the bidding a construction phase of engineering on Banner Lane improvements. The city is recommending the $33,500 contract be awarded to Origin Technical Services, the firm that did the design engineering on the project.

Work will include paving the street, building curbs and gutters and insulating utilities, according to Semmens.

The city manager said the paving would be completed this summer.

Also on the agenda tonight is a resolution for the purchase of a $183,353 dump truck and sander unit. According to Semmens, the truck would replace a 1978 model city dump truck.

Because the state has new requirements in Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation grant acceptance, a resolution is to be considered to accept terms and conditions of the grant.

The city has already adopted the $1,775,900 grant and appropriated funds in preparation for the second phase of the Funny River Road water and sewer improvement project, and Semmens said accepting the new language requirement is a housekeeping matter.

The council also is scheduled to consider donating $250 to Skyview Senior Parents for an after-graduation party.

The council meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

Phil Hermanek can be reached at

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