A couple of major city projects are due to be functioning in the next month or so. City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski told the city council at its regular meeting Thursday that the Pier 3 wrap up is about a month away.
“The Pier 3 project continues. The contractors and subs are working on their respective tasks. Electrical work is the issue now while they’re getting ready to get everything wired up so they can start working on commissioning that big electric crane,” Kniaziowski said. “ZPMC and Madsen are now expected to have that crane commissioned or operational by mid December. So it’s running a little later than we thought but that seems like a reasonable time frame.”
The fly in that ointment is the on-going disputes between the city and general contractor on the job.
“As I mentioned at our last meeting, both staff and the project manager, we continue to work to resolve the disputes,” she said. “We have disputes with the prime contractor. And we’re trying to work through those, and that work continues.”
Meanwhile, Kniaziowski said the city’s new waste water sludge composting facility is due to go online at its location near the bailer facility at the borough landfill on December 9th.
“CH2M Hill will be on hand for training and other operational training and support. And we will accept bio solids at that new facility for processing within the first few days of its opening,” Kniaziowski said. “And the very last batches to be composted at the landfill, I think there’ll be just one batch, will be delivered about December 3rd or 4th. And that project is going well, and it will be on schedule for completion very very quickly.”
Also at the meeting, Mayor Pat Branson and several council members congratulated the Kodiak Fire Department on 75 years of service to not just the city, but the entire greater Kodiak road system. There will be a public open house at the fire hall Wednesday (Nov. 18) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with past and present department members on hand to answer questions about the department’s history.
The council also voted to cancel the November 26th and December 24th regular meetings because of the upcoming holidays.