The Kodiak Island Borough doe not have its own engineer, but recently approved a measure that would allow borough staff to call an engineering firm when the need arises.
The Anchorage firm, Lounsbury and Associates was one of nine who responded to a request for proposals last August.
Interestingly enough, requests for proposals – or RFPs – was one of the reasons the borough decided to have an engineering firm on contract.
Borough Community Development Director Bud Cassidy was the acting manager during the Jan. 6 borough assembly meeting when the contract with Lounsbury was approved.
Projects that would likely utilize the contract engineer include designing, planning and estimates for road improvements, repairs and trails. Also subdivision reviews, traffic studies and land surveys.
The contract is for three years with an option to extend for two additional years. There is no fixed dollar amount as the costs would vary depending on how many and what kinds of projects are needed. If engineering for any of the single projects costs more than $25,000 it would need assembly approval.