Pool repairs under way; state pays part

Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2006

The aging and out-of-date ozone and filtration systems at the Nikiski Pool can no longer be maintained, but a $100,000 state grant is helping to forward a project to replace them.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly accepted the grant at its Sept. 19 meeting on behalf of the North Peninsula Recreational Service Area, which operates the facility.

In a memo to the assembly, borough grants manager Bonnie Golden said the current system is 15 years old and out of date. Maintenance, especially for the ozone system, is a problem because replacement parts have been discontinued and cannot be found, she said.

“Replacement of the system will help maintain better water quality and save taxpayers money because there will be a reduced cost for chemical consumption,” she said.

The borough requested funding in its 2006 legislative wish list, noting it as the service area’s number two priority. Funding was included in the state capital budget, which was signed by Gov. Frank Mur-kowski in July.

The $100,000 grant was funneled through the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.

According to the borough administration, an ordinance enacted in May appropriated $150,000 to the replacement project. Golden said the project has now been estimated to cost no more than $160,000. The state grant will allow some $90,000 of the earlier appropriation to be returned to the service area’s account balance, leaving $160,000 available to the project.

Glenn Anderson, the pool’s maintenance supervisor, said work began as soon as the pool shut down for annual maintenance earlier this month and the new systems will be up and running when the pool reopens Tuesday.

AMC Engineers, of Anchorage, did the project engineering. Peninsula Plumbing and Heating, of Soldotna, and Kachemak Electric Co., of Kenai, are performing as subcontractors.

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