Trooper post goes out to bid

Posted: Monday, October 25, 2004

The Alaska Department of Administration has issued a request for proposal, or RFP, for the Alaska State Trooper post in Homer to be moved to Anchor Point.

The RFP calls for a five-year lease of a 3,050-square-foot office area and a 3,600-square foot fenced outdoor storage area within a mile of the northern intersection of the Old Sterling Highway and the Sterling Highway and within a quarter mile of the Sterling Highway in Anchor Point.

Proposals are due by 3 p.m. Nov. 4. Space must be ready for occupancy within 90 days of the final award of the contract. A preproposal conference for potential bidders was held Thursday at the Anchor Point Public Library.

The Alaska Department of Public Safety decided last month to move troopers and Alaska Bureau of Wildlife Enforcement Troopers from offices in the Homer Police Department to a new space in Anchor Point. Public Safety officials cited the need to have troopers based in the area where the majority of calls came from.

According to the RFP, the Anchor Point trooper post will have a 400-square-foot reception and dispatch area; a 760-square-foot squad room for six troopers, three wildlife troopers and three wildlife technicians; two 125-square-foot offices for trooper and wildlife trooper supervisors; a 175-square-foot conference room; a 200-square-foot break room; a 90-square-foot interview room; two 160-square-foot temporary holding cells; a 320-square-foot evidence storage room and associated storage and equipment rooms.

The space will need to be built or remodeled to Public Safety specifications, such as being wired for an emergency back-up generator; off-street parking for at least 18 vehicles; and a fenced storage area that will hold confiscated vehicles or trooper equipment, such as all-terrain vehicles.

Several real estate agents familiar with the commercial rental market in Anchor Point said the town has some space that would suit the troopers' needs, but not a huge selection.

"We do have limited rental space," said Duane Harvey of Trail's End Realty.

Harvey said because of the exact specifications for the trooper post, nothing currently exists and a building will have to be built or remodeled to the troopers' satisfaction.

Ken Wardwell, an Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce board member, mentioned several structures that could work with a little remodeling. The old Anchor Point Roadhouse building owned by Buzz Kyllonen next to Chapman School and the Anchor Point Visitors Center might fit the troopers' needs. The Coastal Reality building at the corner of the North Fork Road and the Sterling Highway would be another possibility. Kyllonen also has a building off the Old Sterling Highway that could work.

"I'd like to see (the troopers) in a place suitable for them," Wardwell said. "I feel very positive about having a state trooper presence in our area."

Harvey, who is on a committee studying incorporating Anchor Point, also said he thought having the trooper post there will be beneficial.

"It's going to change the complexion, once we have the troopers out here," he said.

A copy of the RFP, number 2005-1200-5133, is available as a downloadable file from the state of Alaska public notices page at notes3.state.ak.us/pn.



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