Paint job eyed for Kenai Rec Center

Posted: Wednesday, April 05, 2006

With spring weather knocking on the door, the Kenai Recreation Center may get a fresh coat of paint if the Kenai City Council approves.

The city administration this evening will ask the council to OK a $67,550 contract to Hansen Painting Inc. for exterior stripping and painting of the facility on Caviar Street.

At the request of Kenai Fire Chief Mike Tilly, the council also is to consider buying two new cardiac monitors at a total cost of $31,400 for the monitors and associated equipment.

In a memo to City Manager Rick Koch, Tilly said the three-lead monitors currently being used by the fire department are not diagnostic monitors and are being phased out.

The industry standard for prehospital cardiac care has moved toward 12-lead cardiac monitoring in the field, according to Tilly’s memo.

The purchase had been budgeted at $22,000 a year ago, but since the devastating hurricanes in the Gulf Region last fall, Tilly said “prices for these same monitors has doubled.”

The council also is expected to consider selling 26 lots in the Inlet Woods Subdivision to Hall Quality Builders for $317,700. The city previously determined the property not to be required for public purpose.

Koch is slated to present congressional and legislative grant request reports to the council.

Funds are being sought by the city for Kenai bluff stabilization, maintenance shop environmental cleanup, drilling new city water wells, building new boat launch ramps at the Kenai Harbor and reconstruction of Wildwood Drive.

Along with the request for bank stabilization funding, Koch forwarded an endorsement of the project from the Kenaitze Indian Tribe and said their support might lead to other possible funding sources.

The maintenance shop cleanup involves removing and treating contaminated soils, installing sewers to take floor drainage and domestic waste to the city sewer system and removing other subsurface materials for proper disposal.

The project, which has been requested by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, is estimated to cost $1 million.

New federal Environmental Protection Agency water quality standards make arsenic levels in three of Kenai’s four production wells noncompliant and the city plans to search for new wells that meet the 2006 standard.

The congressional requests have been sent to Sens. Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski and Congressman Don Young.

The legislative requests went to Sen. Tom Wagoner, Resource Committee chair; Sen. Lyda Green, Finance chair; Rep. Mike Chenault, Finance co-chair; and Rep. Kurt Olson, Community and Regional Affairs co-chair.

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