Assembly to award CPGH Phase 3 work contract

Posted: Thursday, November 30, 2006

Dawson Construction Inc. has been chosen to build the next phase of the expansion and renovation of Central Peninsula General Hospital.

Tuesday, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is expected to approve Resolution 2006-104 awarding the $9.14 million contract to Dawson.

The 40-year-old full-service general contracting company with offices in Ketchikan and Bellingham, Wash., submitted the lowest base bid, narrowly underbidding two other firms. Bids were opened Nov. 15.

According to borough Public Works Director Rob Robson, only the base bid portion of the job is to be awarded at this time. That work includes roughly 1,800 square feet of new construction and renovation of approximately 25,000 square feet of existing building area, as well as other ancillary work.

In a memo to the assembly, Robson said some $1.7 million in interest money from hospital bond funds was to be appropriated at the assembly meeting of Jan. 2, at which time additional elements of the project, called additive alternates, could be added to the contract.

That interest money would be appropriated through Ordinance 2006-19-36, which is set for introduction Tuesday and scheduled for a public hearing Jan. 2.

In 2003, some $49.9 million in hospital service area bonds funds were appropriated to pay for capital improvements to the hospital. Phase 1 of that project has been completed and Phase 2 is nearing completion. Phase 3 is scheduled to start in January and would take approximately 15 months to complete from the date of the notice to proceed, Robson said.

Tuesday’s assembly agenda includes only one public hearing, that for Ordinance 2006-39 confirming the assessment roll for the Moose Range Subdivision Utility Special Assessment District. A gas main line serving 56 parcels has been built and the bill presented to the borough. Total cost of the assessment is $101,614, which breaks down to just under $1,815 per lot.

Property owners may pay their assessments in a lump sum or string out payments with interest in installments over a 10-year period.

Also on Tuesday’s agenda is Resolution 2006-103 authorizing Borough Mayor John Williams to secure an agreement between the city of Homer and Kachemak Emergency Service Area to continue an existing agreement and continue fire and emergency medical services through March 31, 2007 while the parties negotiate a new agreement.

Other resolutions on the agenda include:

· Resolution 2006-100 establishing the borough’s state capital projects priorities list;

· Resolution 2006-102 authorizing the administration to fund and file a lawsuit on behalf of borough residents against the state over school funding; and

· Resolution 2006-105 confirming appointments to the Kenai River Special Management Area Advisory Board.

The agenda also includes several ordinances up for introduction, including Ordinance 2006-19-37 appropriating a state grant of $100,000 and another $133,000 from the Bear Creek Fire Service Area capital projects fund to be used to build a public safety building.

Ordinance 2006-19-38, meanwhile would appropriate $421,000 in state money toward construction of a fire station in Nikolaevsk. Some $364,522 in Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Service Area project funds is also to be used for the project.

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