Nikiski Pool repair project set

Posted: Friday, August 24, 2007

A long-awaited upgrade project at the Nikiski Pool will get under way in September, Borough Mayor John Williams said Tuesday as he announced the award of a pool repair contract.

Associated Pool Builders, a Bismarck, N.D. firm, was the low bidder and was awarded the $196,000 contract to install a new surge tank, replace corroded structural supports and controls to upgrade the pool's filtration system.

Williams said the work should be completed by the end of September and would be accomplished mostly during the scheduled maintenance shutdown period next month.

The borough had included a request for $225,000 for the project in its legislative wish list and it was written into the state's FY 2008 budget. However, Gov. Sarah Palin vetoed the funds. The borough administration opted to go ahead and bid the project anyway, dipping into North Peninsula Recreation Service Area funds.

"The project has been on the drawing boards for a long time, at least since I got here," Williams said.

Williams announced the award of several other contracts at the Aug. 21 meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Tinker Creek Surveys, of Soldotna, was awarded three surveying contracts designed to facilitate removal of dead and dying trees through the borough's Spruce Bark Beetle Mitigation Program. Two survey projects along Island Lake road near Mile 26 of the Spur Highway in Nikiski together total $6,571. The third, called the Tustamena Right of Way Surveying Project, is off Mile 24 of the Spur Highway.

South Peninsula Hospital will get a $29,740 upgrade to its telephone system that will extend the useful life by several years of the current Mitel phone system.

Atlas Tracks Inc., the only vendor to bid the job, will replace the Nikiski High School track at a bid cost of $190,470.

Stanley Ford, of Soldotna, has won the bid to supply eight vehicles pickups and cargo vans as part of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Fleet Replacement program for fiscal year 2008. The total cost of all the vehicles is approximately $242,000. Hutchings Chevrolet was the only other bidder.

Harmon Construction Inc., of Seward, will furnish labor to build a shop for the Seward Maintenance Department. The contract is not to exceed $14,995, and is to be competed by Aug. 28

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